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October 31, 2006

IC launches “Intellipedia”

Filed under: Intelligence and Info-Sharing — by Christian Beckner on October 31, 2006

US News reported this week on a new collaborative tool within the Intelligence Community for analysis: Intellipedia. From the article:

Intellipedia. Many of the hottest online tools now in use turn out to be ideal for sharing intelligence, officials say. Two years ago, the CIA launched its own wiki. (A wiki is an online site that allows users to collectively add and edit content, like Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia.) Dubbed simply the CIA Wiki, it now boasts some 10,000 classified pages. In January, the DNI followed with a communitywide wiki, dubbed the Intellipedia. The DNI’s National Intelligence Council-which produces the government’s weighty National Intelligence Estimates on key topics-has just launched an experiment to produce the first NIE by wiki. The subject: Nigeria. Top experts on the oil-rich African nation are working together on the Intellipedia to help chart its future. “I don’t know if it’s going to work,” says Thomas Fingar, the chief of analysis for the DNI. “It might; might not.”

The DNI held a news conference yesterday to describe Intellipedia in greater detail. I think this is a great idea, and is a perfect example of how the intelligence community can harness new tools and technologies to strengthen analysis.

Update (10/31): More on Intellipedia from the L.A. Times.

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Trackback by All news, All about Intellipedia!

October 31, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

Much more news to come about Intellipedia or How did FAS get this Media Advisory?…

I saw a post on the Homeland Security watch blog and saw that (in addition to the a reference to the US News & World Report article I referenced in the last post) there was a link to DNI PAO……

Comment by eMarv

October 31, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

Thanks for the info Christian!

I wonder how FAS got a hold of the media advisory when its not even posted on the DNI website…

Take care!

Pingback by Homeland Security Watch » Puzzles vs. mysteries in intelligence

January 5, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

[…] These passages raise a critical question: is the US intelligence community still expending too much effort trying to solve “puzzles,” and not enough at uncovering “mysteries”? The massive emphasis within the intelligence community budget on the raw collection of SIGINT, ELINT, MASINT, etc. seems to support that contention. Does this distinction explain many of the notable intelligence failures (e.g. WMD’s in Iraq) in the past decade? And what should the intelligence community be doing to get better at solving “mysteries”? The aforementioned “batty geniuses” are part of the equation, but so are new collaborative tools, such as Intellipedia, to synthesize information and discover new insights. […]

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