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Rapid Ethnographic Assessment and Data management Integration Toolkit (READ-IT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-13-C-0036
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4997
Amount: $374,447.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T011
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-02-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-02-19
Small Business Information
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Hopkins
 Principal Software Engineer
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution
 University of Kentucky
 Wendy Compton
109 Kinkead Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0057
United States

 (859) 257-9422
 Nonprofit College or University

Socio-cultural factors are increasingly being recognized as critical to effective military operations. Therefore, collection and analysis of socio-cultural data is required to provide Warfighters with a comprehensive understanding of their operational environment. Warfighters need tools that enable the capture, management, and rapid analysis of socio-cultural data from heterogeneous sources (e.g., specialized units, combat patrols). Under Phase I, we designed and demonstrated a toolkit architecture that integrates a data management server with collection and analysis tools (including an in-depth analysis tool for expert analysts and a mobile data collection tool for Warfighters). Based on our Phase I successes, we propose a Phase II effort to design and develop a full-scope Rapid Ethnographic Assessment and Data Management Toolkit (READ-IT). This effort includes: (1) expanding our cognitive task analysis to additional operational settings and data collection opportunities; (2) extending our in-depth analysis and mobile collection tools with additional ethnographic assessment techniques and visualization methods; (3) developing high-level analysis tools to help Warfighters rapidly explore ethnographic data; (4) refining the integrated toolkit architecture and data management server; and (5) demonstrating and evaluating the full-scope READ-IT toolkit to support ongoing interactions with our DoD transition partners as well as commercial and academic partners.

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