Army seeks to use semantic Web to improve knowledge management

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.'To make the massive amounts of data it collects useful to warfighters, the Army is moving to use a version of the World Wide Web that presents information in a machine-readable format.

Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle, CIO of the Army, said the service must move away from the current Web environment and turn to the semantic Web, which will help military users improve their knowledge management.

'This is the next step ' to really get knowledge out of terabytes of information,' Boutelle said yesterday in a keynote speech at the Army's 2004 Directories of Information Management conference.

With the flow of information into Army networks growing daily, the service is expanding its use of Extensible Markup Language and improving security, he said.

Boutelle said the Army needs industry's help to defend military networks from the increasing threat posed by intrusions and attacks.

'Information is our jewel,' Boutelle said. 'We've got to protect it, yet make it readily available to the right person.'

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