SeaSpider: Automated Information Gathering on Vessel Movements in Support of Maritime Domain Awareness

Collecte d’Information Automatisée sur les Mouvements de Navires à l’Appui de la Connaissance du Domaine Maritime (CDM)

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Authors
  1. Tatar, S.
  2. Chapman, D.M.F.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
SeaSpider is an R&D tool to investigate the development of a software agent that would aid an operator in gathering information about marine vessels from public sources on the internet. This information would supplement sensor information used for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) to enhance Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and to complete the Recognized Maritime Picture (RMP). Specifically, SeaSpider is fine-tuned to search for, organize, and display information about locations (ports), dates and times, and activities (arrival, in berth, departure). One module manages the Google searches and retrieves the html pages; another module extracts relevant ship movement information and populates a database; a third module retrieves information from the database in response to user-generated queries. In this memorandum, the SeaSpider concept is introduced, the design details of the prototype are presented, and performance is analysed, with a view to future enhancements.

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Keywords
Maritime Domain Awareness;MDA;Intelligence, Reconaissance, and Surveillance;ISR;information extraction;web crawler;Google;ships;Recognized Maritime Picture;RMP;marine vessels;internet;WWW;confusion matrix
Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2007-294 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2007
Number of Pages
44
DSTKIM No
CA030785
CANDIS No
529439
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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