Chapter 16

Re-thinking Standardization for Interagency Information Sharing

Kellyn Rein

Introduction

Data collection for intelligence purposes is vital to national security. Even more vital is the fusion of the data collected into useful information to support police and security agencies in the protection of citizens and property. However, there are a number of hurdles to this fusion.

One significant hurdle is the volume of data available, which is increasing exponentially; sifting and sorting this information to locate relevant nuggets is a daunting task. According to an IDC White Paper, “the digital universe in 2007—at 2.25 × 10°21 bits (281 exabytes or 281 billion gigabytes)—was 10% bigger than we thought…By 2011, the digital universe [is expected ...

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