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DoD wants to make big data more accessible

Aug. 27, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
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Concerned that the accumulation of “big data” has outpaced the human capacity to process it, especially when dealing with unfamiliar geographical areas, the Defense Department is looking for better interfaces to help decision-makers discern which topics are important.

“Due to the exponential increase in data, combined with the limitations in processing capability, it is unlikely that warfighters operating in uncertain and unfamiliar cultural environments will benefit from knowledge discovery capabilities any time soon,” says a DoD small business innovative research solicitation titled “Knowledge-aided Interface for Big Data Streams.”

The SBIR suggests various means of rendering big data more manageable, including using open sources such as newspapers and Facebook to give users quick insight into vast amounts of data on a region. It also suggests tapping into the social sciences and biology to design interfaces that will alleviate the data overload for users.

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