Friday, July 30, 2010

Global Intelligence Forum Slides And Notes Now Available To Everyone!

The recently completed Global Intelligence Forum discussing analytic best practices and held in Dungarvan, Ireland was, by all accounts, a huge success.  

We have just finished compiling all of the notes, slides and speeches into a single place for viewing and download and are now making those slides and notes available to anyone interested.

If you are not sure where to start, look at the menu on the far left of the landing page (you can see a screenshot of what the landing page looks like in the picture to the right).  Kathleen Moore, one of our grads (and recent recipient of an AFIO Scholarship for graduate school -- Hooray, Kathleen!) has put together a very useful conference re-cap that points to all of the various presentations and puts them into the broader context of the conference.

If you just want the conference slides and speeches, though, they are all in one place for downloading.  We are still pulling together a number of other resources (we hope to get the full text of Gov. Ridge's speech, for example, as well as some video) but most of the stuff is up there now.

If you are interested in any of the press or other commentary surrounding the conference, our public relations department has helpfully compiled it all on the Facebook page dedicated to the conference.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

IBM Creates Interactive Map/Infographic Of CIA World Factbook (

IBM, in order to demonstrate some of their latest web based technologies, has taken the data from the CIA's World Factbook and re-mixed it in the form of a stunning, interactive infographic.  

The final product allows the user to much more quickly engage and compare the data for the various countries in the world.  The screenshot to the right does not (as usual) do the product justice.  I have zoomed in on central Africa to show some of the detail but you can just as easily take a look at the whole world and can instantly get a sense of where various regions lie with respect to any of the data the World Factbook contains.  

I strongly recommend you go here to see the full product.  Play around with it; I think you will be impressed.

If you are interested in additional information about IBM's initiative, you can go to the cryptically named IBM ILOG Elixir Blog or to Information Aesthetics, where I first picked up on this product.

Note:  This has been a very good week for maps (See also here and here) ...
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Aon Publishes New Terrorism Threat Map (
Aon Corporation ("... the leading provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage and human capital and management consulting") has updated and republished their useful Terrorism Threat Map.  

You can see a static screen shot of the map to the right but to access the interactive version or get the full PDF in all its detailed glory, you don't have to pay but you do have to give Aon your email address and answer a few marketing questions.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Interactive Map Of All Of The World's Intelligence Headquarters (Google Maps)

If the recent Washington Post story, Top Secret America, frustrated you and the recent Wikileak's posting of 75,000+ incident reports from Afghanistan made you downright angry, you may not be pleased but you will be hard-pressed not to feel a bit of schadenfreude at a recent Google Map created by Ana out of Portugal (NFI and via Google Maps Mania) that purports to show the location of all of the world's intelligence headquarters (plus other buildings when known).

The US is not spared here either, of course, but the details on the rest of the world (assuming they are correct) presents a pretty interesting insight into intelligence activity worldwide.  You can see the map below or click on this link to get to a full page version of the map.

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(Note:  If you are trying to track all of the news related to the recent wikileaks story, I am posting interesting articles I find into the "Sam's Shared Items" box to your right.)
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