Validation workshop of the DRDC Concept Map knowledge model – Issues in intelligence analysis


  1. Gauthier, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);CAE Professional Services, Ottawa (ON)
The Thinking, Risk, and Intelligence Group (TRIG), one of three groups of the Adversarial Intent Section at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Toronto, is unique in Canada given its objective “to support Canada’s defence and security community through applied behavioural science aimed at promoting human effectiveness in risk management and intelligence production”. The Group Leader of TRIG, Dr. David Mandel, is leading an Applied Research Project (ARP) entitled “Understanding and augmenting human capabilities for intelligence production”. Under the auspices of this ARP, the TRIG at DRDC Toronto held a discovery workshop on 5 February, 2010 to explore and discuss the utility of concept map knowledge modelling within the Canadian intelligence analysis community. Several government organizations participated in a half-day workshop that included two sets of interactive, group-oriented, break-out sessions in which teams engaged in discussion activities to address several objectives related to a concept map knowledge model and concept mapping (CMapping) in general. Participants derived several conclusions relating to the organization, design and the potential application of CMapping, in addition to several implementation issues and suggestions for the improvements. This report summarises the impressions of participants pertaining to the concept map tool and process, and key points and outcomes from the workshop.
Concept mapping;intelligence analysis;visualization;structured analytic techniques;collaboration tools
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2010-057 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
29 Jun 2010
Number of Pages
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