Open Sourcing Intelligence Analysis
January 10, 2011 11:53 AM Subscribe
posted by scalefree (6 comments total)
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In an age of information wealth, how do we decide what's true & what's not? Allow me to introduce the world of discussion mapping. First up we have zest
), a simple tool for threading mailing lists for easier navigation. It lacks the advanced features of the others but it's an easy starting point for structuring your discussions.
Next we have DebateGraph
, a free public site dedicated to graphically mapping discussions on subjects of interest to its users. With everything from legalizing drugs
to peace in the Middle East
to Flash vs Ajax
, there's something for everyone.
For those who wish to analyze their own questions, either individually or as a group, there's an open source version of the CIA's venerable Analysis of Competing Hypotheses
(also available from Xerox PARC
as a Java applet or Windows executable), along with an entire book written by the CIA on theory of intelligence analysis, Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
is on ACH).
And finally, for the truly dedicated/obsessed, I give you the the mothership of discussion mapping, Compendium
. More bells, whistles and knobby things than you can shake a stick at.