“reputation system”

From the Enterprise Resilience Management Blog:

Anyone who believes he knows of information relating to these proposed
patents will be able to post this online and solicit comments from
others. But this will suddenly make available reams of information,
which could be from suspect sources, and so the program includes a
‘reputation system’ for ranking the material and evaluating the
expertise of those submitting it.

“reputation system” – how the wiki-fied, blogosphered IC can sort the wheat from the chaff and cast off the last vestiges of the old way of doing things.

Now, to find out the status of that reform book draft . . .

All aboard the cluetrain express

This is classic:

Wiki technology advocates within the intelligence community, known as
intellipedians, were circulating among their colleagues promoting the
use of the collaborative social software to create intelligence
products, the official said.

The general response among the intelligence
technologists the intellipedians approached was “It’s great! Can you
build one for us?,” according to the official. That question indicated
that the technologists had not grasped the intellipedians’ premise that
wiki information sharing should permeate the community, the official

You know your agency’s head geek got his degree from a state-funded diploma mill when he stops you after the second slide of a briefing and says, “What’s this XML you’re talking about?” This was five years ago and apparently little has changed.

As with any sufficiently radical effort (and believe me, this is practically magic to some on the inside) there is a marked difference between the public face and the reality in the cube. Are people using it? Sure. Is it pervasive? Not a chance. Is it widely and solely the way business is done? Dream on. Getting a foot in the door is one thing; closing the sale is another issue entirely.

Have fun storming the castle . . .

DIA: getting it

Scooped by Shloky:

The U.S. Department of Defense’s lead intelligence agency is using
wikis, blogs, RSS feeds and enterprise “mashups”
to help its analysts
collaborate better when sifting through data used to support military

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is seeing “mushrooming”
use of these various Web 2.0 technologies that are becoming critical to
accomplishing missions that require intelligence sharing among
analysts, said Lewis Shepherd, chief of DIA’s Requirements and Research
Group at the Pentagon.


As a recent report confirmed, DIA has not been the most technically astute (among other things) place around at the working level. This is the place that thought that slapping a really crappy HTML front end to a really antiquated database was pushing the bleeding edge.

Indications that they were taking technology seriously came just a few years ago when they hired a CTO that didn’t need a dictionary to know what XML stood for (unlike some senior staff with “information” or “technology” attached to their titles). If anyone was going to make something happen on the tech front, it was going to be Bob.