stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Sun Apr 12 03:41:27 EST 2009
Intellipedia is an online system for collaborative data sharing used by
the United States intelligence community.
It was established as a pilot project in late 2005 and formally announced
in April 2006 and consists of three wikis running on JWICS, SIPRNet, and
They are used by individuals with appropriate clearances from the 16
agencies of IC and other national-security related organizations,
including Combatant Commands, and other federal departments.
The wikis are not open to the public. (try going to Intellipedia.org or
Intellipedia.net, apparently/obviously most are not intelligence enough)
Intellipedia is a project of the Office of the Director of National
Intelligence (ODNI) Intelligence Community Enterprise Services (ICES)
office headquartered in Fort Meade, Maryland.
It includes information on the regions, people, and issues of interest to
the communities using its host networks.
Intellipedia uses MediaWiki, the same software used by the Wikipedia free-
content encyclopedia project.
ODNI officials say that the project will change the culture of the U.S.
intelligence community ..
Intellipedia was created to share information on some of the most
difficult subjects facing U.S. intelligence and to bring cutting-edge
technology into its ever-more-youthful workforce.
It also allows information to be assembled and reviewed by a wide variety
of sources and agencies, to address concerns that pre-war intelligence
did not include robust dissenting opinions on Iraq's alleged weapons
A number of projects are under way to explore the use of the Intellipedia
for the creation of traditional Intelligence Community products.
Intellipedia was at least partially inspired by an essay competition set
up by the CIA - later taken over by the DNI - which encouraged any
employee at any intelligence agency to submit new ideas to improve
The first essay selected was by Calvin Andrus, chief technology officer
of the Center for Mission Innovation at the CIA, entitled "The Wiki and
the Blog: Toward a Complex Adaptive Intelligence Community".
Andrus' essay argued that the real power of the Internet had come from
the boom in self-publishing, and noted how the open-door policy of
Wikipedia allowed it to cover new subjects quickly.
Richard A. Russell, Deputy Assistant Director of National Intelligence
for Information Sharing Customer Outreach (ISCO) said it was created
so "analysts in different agencies that work X or Y can go in and see
what other people are doing on subject X or Y and actually add in their
two cents worth ... or documents that they have."
"What were after here is 'decision superiority', not 'information
superiority'," he said.
In September 2007, sixteen months after its creation, officials noted
that the top-secret version of Intellipedia alone (hosted on JWICS) has
29,255 articles, with an average of 114 new articles and more than 6,000
edits to articles added each workday.
As of April 2009, the overall Intellipedia project hosts 900,000 pages
edited by 100,000 users, with 5,000 page edits per day..
Google was contracted by the government to provide computer servers to
support Intellipedia. Google also provides the software to search
Intellipedia, which ranks results based on user created tags ..
More information about the Link