Enhanced Understandability and Effectiveness for Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Automatic Logistic Products

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N61339-04-P-0048
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0151
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
SONALYSTS, INC.
215 Parkway North, P.O. Box 280, Waterford, CT, 06385
Duns: 077317766
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Leon Miller
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 326-3703
 millerle@sonalysts.com
Business Contact
 Denise Grudier
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (860) 326-3652
Email: dgrudier@sonalysts.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Keeping Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) flying places great expectations on technical manuals and courseware, because it depends on a vast, complex information infrastructure. Information must be more easily understood, more easily located, and betterintegrated. Mere digitization of paper is not sufficient. More consistent and clear language is needed; better retrieval mechanisms are needed; tighter integration between technical manuals and courseware is needed; information repositories must migratefrom classrooms and libraries to just-in-time, job-specific assistance online on site. Also, because JSF is international, a need arises for translation to British English and to foreign languages. Yet all of these enhancements imply increased productioncosts and delays; so commensurate effort must be devoted to simplify and expedite the production process. Sonalysts proposes to leverage existing U.S. Navy research on technical manual and courseware authoring and delivery tools to explore the feasibilityof adding Simplified English authoring, conversion to British English and a foreign language, and semantic tagging and retrieval for both technical manuals and courseware. Additionally, Sonalysts and Boeing propose to join forces, leveraging Boeing'ssuperiority in Simplified English and linguistics. Together, we will define requirements for semantic authoring and retrieval tools, with applicability to the JSF Autonomic Logistics System.

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