Intell office developing analysis tool to help find needle in a haystack

To locate and neutralize threats to the United States, intelligence agencies need as much automated help as they can get to sift through massive volumes of data.

According to the "2010 Data Mining Report" (PDF) recently released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Counterterrorism Center is developing DataSphere, which is software that helps analyze intelligence data, writes InformationWeek's Elizabeth Montalbano. The software can identify patterns that reveal individuals' connection to events or actions based on data about their communications networks and travel activities, Montalbano writes.

In addition, Montalbano writes, the intelligence community has a couple other tools in place to streamline data analysis. The Knowledge Discovery and Dissemination program connects the dots among large datasets to display a unified intelligence picture, and the Automated Low-level Analysis and Description of Diverse Intelligence helps analysts quickly search the community's vast store of video, Montalbano writes.

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