Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Your own Intelligence Library

You know what you want and need. Right? You will collect information to meet goals surrounding those wants and needs. Whether that collection is active or passive, you will need to store that information and, most importantly, organize it so that you can process it and reference it to act on it.

Analysis may be instantaneous - at the point of collection - or it may be ongoing. Perhaps you need more information, or an ongoing stream of information to meet your goals. Or more likely, you make conclusions based on your available information, but then new information modifies your assumptions or conclusions later.

So what do you do with all that stuff? Chances are you have some sort of library started.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Re-read the Library of Babel

I just re-read the short story The Library of Babel. This is one of Jorge Luis Borges' most memorable stories for me. If you have not read any of his stuff, start with
Labyrinths (Amazon Link). For extra credit, read the book, then read the one star reviews on Amazon and see if you agree. (I do not.)

The library described in the story is our Information Wave Function. As a librarian, you collapse the wave function each time you pull a book from the shelf. However, that collapse is rarely, if ever, useful so one must allow it to expand once again by reshelving the book and trying again.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Dilbert - You Ground Us

Thank you Scott Adams for years of funniness!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Data is to Information as Information is to Intelligence

Remember the definition of Information? Data that has been somehow processed is information.

So what is information that has been somehow processed? It is Intelligence.

Approach your interaction with the Information Wave Function as if you were on an intelligence mission. Whether you recognize it or not, that is what you are doing - you are the human agent that is processing all that information that you collect or that strikes you. If you are processing information, then you are participating in the intelligence cycle - maybe just part of it, but participating nonetheless.

Intelligence Cycle

The intelligence cycle consists of four steps:
  1. Collection
  2. Processing
  3. Analysis
  4. Packaging
Some models name the steps differently, or have a different order or have different steps or a different number (that are similar). I prefer this definition, as it is applicable to personal intelligence for personal use as well as more traditional or historical uses.

We are going to look at collection first to address our library problem: If the goal is to find what we want and pluck what we can from that which is being thrown at us, then we need a plan for collection. Ultimately, we may increase the number of things being thrown at us so that we don't need to actively search and collect. Our collection plan may include collecting data to process into information and then into intelligence as well.