Gathering and Managing Facts for Intelligence Analysis
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Type of Work6 pages
conference papers and proceedings preprints
Citation of Original PublicationDavid Schneider, et.al, Gathering and Managing Facts for Intelligence Analysis, 2005 International Conference on Intelligence Analysis, McLean, Virginia, http://iral.cs.umbc.edu/Pubs/GatheringAndManagingFacts-IA2005.pdf
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SubjectsInformation Sharing and Collaboration
Information Extraction and Link Analysis
Interactive Robotics and Language Lab
This paper presents a novel method, based on the Cyc Knowledge Base and Inference Engine, of gathering, organizing and sharing information about entities of interest (be they people, organizations, events or some other type of entity). The formal representations used in the Fact Sheets allow users to easily share information with others, run automated queries against the information, and allow the system to attempt to automatically gather and verify information before presenting it to the analyst. The system automatically keeps track of provenance (both which document a fact came from, and who interpreted the document). When gathering information automatically, the system produces a variety of search strings (using all known names for the entity) and then scours its sources for possible answers. Individual analysts can specify what types of information they are interested in for different types of entities, and can also specify additional patterns that can be used for finding that type of information. Once knowledge has been retrieved from the Web (or any other textual corpus) and ingested by the system, it is available to other analysts both for their own queries, and also to fit into Fact Sheets of their own design.