Collaborative Sense Making

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-06-C-0088
Agency Tracking Number: F061-073-0974
Amount: $99,182.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-073
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
3721 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100, Austin, TX, 78731
DUNS: 883906273
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nick Siegel
 Sr. Member, Technical Staff
 (512) 342-4001
Business Contact
 Mary Shepherd
Title: Sr. VP for Finance and Administrati
Phone: (512) 342-4002
Research Institution
Analytical tasks at the all-source level, and above, generally require access to intelligence distributed among a variety of forms: structured databases with differing schemas, electronic maps with various metadata schemes, and textual reports in multiple languages. Knowledge bases that employ highly expressive formal languages, such as extensions of first order logic, offer a solution to the challenge of combining information from the current daunting variety of data forms. Such knowledge bases can, in principle, represent the content of all structured sources within a single structure. Such a structure can in turn be accessed by interfaces that allow information to be formed in a way that is natural to analysts - rather than in the various idiosyncratic forms of multiple structured sources. Moreover, the expressive power of such knowledge bases makes it possible for them to integrate existing structured sources as a virtual part of their content, by translating data in those sources. A complete Virtual Knowledge Base (VKB) of data for intelligence analysis would address the need for data to exist in a form that is intelligible to analysts, while circumventing the impracticality of constructing a single knowledge base in which all intelligence data actually resides.

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