The Department of Defense (DOD) aims to streamline how its millions of personnel and thousands of IT systems share information by standardizing data sharing through the use of the semantic Web.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which oversees IT for the DOD, is seeking ideas for how to improve what it calls “enterprise information visibility,” which refers to how easily data can be shared, analyzed, and reported across the myriad systems the DOD employs.
Because of all of its various components and the constituencies it must serve–including 1.4 million people on active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, 750,000 civilians, and 1.1 million serving in the military reserve units–the DOD has a mammoth task to manage information across 15,000 unclassified networks and more than 7 million computers and IT devices.
To facilitate better information management across systems, the agency aims to create the Enterprise Information “Web” (EIW) using semantic Web technology “to provide the type of enterprise-level information visibility and access to financial, personnel, and asset data across the DOD enterprise and across domains to support war planning, policy development analysis, and decision-making,” according to a request for information (RFI) about the project.
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