2444 Lattice Theory for Knowledge Discovery in National Security Data

Saturday, February 20, 2010: 1:50 PM
Room 11B (San Diego Convention Center)
Cliff Joslyn , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
Efforts to increase analytical capabilities within the intelligence community face large challenges in the areas of interconnectivity and interoperability of data sources and databases. But simply making
information sources mutually accessible can actually increase the challenges of analysts at the level of their knowledge of areas of interest: mere interconnection does nothing to tell me WHAT information is WHERE within this vast new landscape. Semantic technologies, for example the growth of ontological taxonomies, are moving to address this area. We will review recent advances in applied lattice and order theory which are allowing the development of tools and technologies for analysts and knowledge managers in intelligence agencies to better manage their sometimes overwhelming burdens.