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Fluidity and Rigour: Addressing the Design Considerations for OSINT Tools and Processes

  • B. L. William WongEmail author
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Part of the Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications book series (ASTSA)

Abstract

In comparison with intelligence analysis, OSINT requires different methods of identifying, extracting and analyzing the data. Analysts must have the tools that enable them to flexibly, tentatively and creatively generate anchors to start a line of inquiry, develop and test their ideas, and to fluidly transition between methods and thinking and reasoning strategies to construct critical and rigorous arguments as that particular line of inquiry is finalised. This chapter illustrates how analysts think from a design perspective and discusses the integration of Fluidity and Rigour as two conflicting design requirements. It further proposes that designs for OSINT tools and processes should support the fluid and rapid construction of loose stories, a free-form approach to the assembly of data, inference making and conclusion generation to enable the rapid evolution of the story rigorous enough to withstand interrogation. We also propose that the design encourages the analyst to develop a questioning mental stance to encourage self-checking to identify and remove dubious or low reliability data.

Keywords

Black Hole Intelligence Analysis Counterfactual Reasoning Part Deduction Online Auction Site 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgments

The research leading to the results reported here has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) through Project VALCRI, European Commission Grant Agreement N° FP7- IP-608142, awarded to B.L. William Wong, Middlesex University and partners.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interaction Design CentreMiddlesex UniversityLondonUK

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