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A survey of tools and resources for the next generation analyst
Author(s): David L. Hall; Jake Graham; Emily Catherman
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Paper Abstract

We have previously argued that a combination of trends in information technology (IT) and changing habits of people using IT provide opportunities for the emergence of a new generation of analysts that can perform effective intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) on a “do it yourself” (DIY) or “armchair” approach (see D.L. Hall and J. Llinas (2014)). Key technology advances include: i) new sensing capabilities including the use of micro-scale sensors and ad hoc deployment platforms such as commercial drones, ii) advanced computing capabilities in mobile devices that allow advanced signal and image processing and modeling, iii) intelligent interconnections due to advances in “web N” capabilities, and iv) global interconnectivity and increasing bandwidth. In addition, the changing habits of the digital natives reflect new ways of collecting and reporting information, sharing information, and collaborating in dynamic teams. This paper provides a survey and assessment of tools and resources to support this emerging analysis approach. The tools range from large-scale commercial tools such as IBM i2 Analyst Notebook, Palantir, and GeoSuite to emerging open source tools such as GeoViz and DECIDE from university research centers. The tools include geospatial visualization tools, social network analysis tools and decision aids. A summary of tools is provided along with links to web sites for tool access.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9499, Next-Generation Analyst III, 94990B (15 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2176613
Show Author Affiliations
David L. Hall, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Jake Graham, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Emily Catherman, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9499:
Next-Generation Analyst III
Barbara D. Broome; Timothy P. Hanratty; David L. Hall; James Llinas, Editor(s)

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