Stephen E. Arnold: Mats Bjore and SILOBREAKER

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Stephen E. Arnold

Exclusive Silobreaker Interview: Mats Bjore, Silobreaker

With Google becoming more difficult to use, many professionals need a way to locate, filter, and obtain high value information that works. Silobreaker is an online service and system that delivers actionable information.

The co-founder of Silobreaker said in an exclusive interview for Search Wizards Speaks says:

I learned that in most of the organizations, information was locked in separate silos. The information in those silos was usually kept under close control by the silo manager. My insight was that if software could make available to employees the information in different silos, the organization would reap an enormous gain in productivity. So the idea was to “break” down the the information and knowledge silos that exists within companies, organizations and mindsets.

And knock down barriers the system has. Silobreaker’s popularity is surging. The most enthusiastic supporters of the system come from the intelligence community, law enforcement, analysts, and business intelligence professionals. A user’s query retrieves up-to-the-minute information from Web sources, commercial services, and open source content. The results are available as a series of summaries, full text documents, relationship maps among entities, and other report formats. The user does not have to figure out which item is an advertisement. The Silobreaker system delivers muscle, not fatty tissue.

Mr. Bjore, a former intelligence officer, adds:

Silobreaker is an Internet and a technology company that offers products and services which aggregate, analyze, contextualize and bring meaning to the ever-increasing amount of digital information.

Underscoring the difference between Silobreaker and other online systems, Mr. Bjore points out:

What sets us apart is not only the Silobreaker technology and our commitment to constant innovation. Silobreaker embodies the long term and active experience of having a team of users and developers who can understand the end user environment and challenges. Also, I want to emphasize that our technology is one integrated technology that combines access, content, and actionable outputs.

The ArnoldIT team uses Silobreaker in our intelligence-related work. We include a profile of the system in our lectures about next-generation information gathering and processing systems.

You can get more information about Silobreaker at www.silobreaker.com. A 2008 interview with Mr. Bjore is located at on the Search Wizards Speak site at http://goo.gl/f7niAH.

Stephen E Arnold, November 25, 2013

Phi Beta Iota: We also use SILOBREAKER and recommend it to the US Government, among others.  We do not use Palantir (nor will we ever) and we are in the process of disengaging from all aspects of Google. Integrity matters. SILOBREAKER has integrity where others fall short.

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Mats Bjore at Phi Beta Iota

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Nov 25

Reference: Commercial Intelligence Overview

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Briefing (47 Slides, PPT)

Who’s Who in Commercial Intelligence: Mats Bjore

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Nov 23

Worth a Look: SILOBREAKER Analytics 21

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Mats Bjore, a pioneer in both military and commercial intelligence, continues to innovate.  Below is Worth a Look.

SILOBREAKER Products & Services

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Aug 22

Search: OSINT software

The search term brings up appropriate results, but the fact of the search gives us an opportunity to provide comment.

1)  Nothing now being used by governments, and certainly not iBase or Palantir, both aging technologies that do not scale and have too many fat-finger handicaps, fulfills the originial requirements documents crafted in the late 1980’s.

Worth a Look: 1989 All-Source Fusion Analytic Workstation–The Four Requirements Documents

2)  The ONLY programs that have gotten anywhere close are COPERNICUS plus plus, and SILOBREAKER.  However, both of these have been slow to recognize the urgency of integrating–fully integrating–capabilities that address each of the eighteen functionalities.  Below is the list of softwares now in use by US Special Operations Command J-23 Open Source Intelligence Branch along with the STRONG ANGEL TOOZL and a couple of other things.

Memorandum: USSOCOM Software List and STRONG ANGEL TOOZL

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Definitions: M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing & Sense-Making

Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational]

Worth a Look: Deep Web Multilingual Federated Search

1988-2009 OSINT-M4IS2 TECHINT Chronology

Worth a Look: Planetary Skin Data Sharing Initiative

Search: meta-tagging humint

Who’s Who in Librarian Intelligence: Arno Reuser

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Mats Bjore

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Stephen E. Arnold

Journal: Dr. Dr. Dave Warner Shares…

Event Report CORRECTED LINKS: Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems and the Obama IT Vision [Google-Microsoft Meld]

Review: The Starfish and the Spider–The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Review: Innovation Happens Elsewhere–Open Source as Business Strategy

Journal: Google, the Cloud, Microsoft, & World Brain

Worth a Look: GeoChat (SMS Plotted on Map)

2006 Yekelo (ZA) Continental Early Warning & Information Sharing: A Military Perspective on Deterring & Resolving Complex Emergencies

1998 Arnold (US) New Trends in Automated Intelligence Gathering Software

The global standard for multinational information-sharing and sense-making is in the process of being designed, funded, and distributed.  If you think you have something relevant to that, generally only open source software will be considered, get in touch with any of the individuals above.

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May 14

Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational]

COIN20 Trip Report

Paradise Found

The future of OSINT is M4IS2.

The future of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is Multinational, Multifunctional, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing & Sense-Making (M4IS2).

The following, subject to the approval of Executive and Congressional leadership, are suggested hueristics (rules of thumb):

Rule 1: All Open Source Information (OSIF) goes directly to the high side (multinational top secret) the instant it is received at any level by any civilian or military element responsive to global OSINT grid.  This includes all of the contextual agency and mission specific information from the civilian elements previously stove-piped or disgarded, not only within the US, but ultimately within all 90+ participating nations.

Rule 2: In return for Rule 1, the US IC agrees that the Department of State (and within DoD, Civil Affairs) is the proponent outside the wire, and the sharing of all OSIF originating outside the US IC is at the discretion of State/Civil Affairs without secret world caveat or constraint.  OSIF collected by US IC elements is NOT included in this warrant.

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Nov 25

Journal: Librarians and The Accessibility Paradox

Full Source Online

Full Source Online

Fortunately, most librarians have gotten used to the fact that the Internet is a tremendous boon to researchers and that free information is a fantastic idea. Sure, we haven’t yet reallocated our organizational resources to recognize this fact—our staff time is much more likely to be devoted to acquiring and messing about with purchased information than in making good information from our archives, our labs, or the web more easily available.  [Emphasis added.]

Barbara Fister is a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, a contributor to ACRLog, and an author of crime fiction. Her next mystery, Through the Cracks, will be published by Minotaur Books in 2010.

Barbara Fister

We need to separate our value—the way we curate information, champion its availability in the face of intolerance of unpopular ideas and economic disparity, and create conditions for learning how to find and use good information—from the amount of money it takes to acquire stuff on the not-so-open market. We need to be quite clear that good information is good information, no matter how it’s funded. And we need to find creative ways to partner with those who add value to information and find sustainable models for the editorial work that can make good academic work better.

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Nov 19

Who’s Who in Commercial Intelligence: Mats Bjore

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Mats Bjore

Mats Bjore is unique in many ways.  He is one of just two Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) pioneers recognized with Royal Awards for his accomplishment in creating the Swedish Military Long-Range Reconnaissance OSINT network.  He has gone on to be a successful manager for knowledgement (McKinsey), and advisor to Factiva, and CEO and founder of two companies, INFOSHERE AB and SILOBREAKER AB, as well as a third company-software, Able-to-Act.

From 1992 onwards, he has been one of a dozen people nurturing OSINT, a hybrid discipline now established in over 90 countries around the world.

We credit him with coining the term “commercial intelligence” to provide for 360 degree intelligence that embraces “true cost” accounting as well as intangible valuations that “competitive intelligence” does not appreciate.

See Phi Beta Iota Posts Tagged Mats Bjore

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Dec 10

Journal: Worth a Look–the Echo Chamber Project

Kent Bye

Kent Bye

Echo Chamber Project: Interviews at OSS ’06

Praise for this effort

Submitted by Robert David Steele (not verified) on Sat, 2006-03-11 18:48.
I have never, in 18 years of OSINT advocacy, seen a more professional and intelligent endeavor to understand and report on what we are trying to do. This is absolutely world-class, and my admiration is unbounded. This creative individual has a lifetime free pass to our conferences. His technical, legal, and people skills are of the highest order.
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Kent’s photo links to the ten video interviews he did at OSS ’06, the last conference before it was stolen and consequently destroyed  by an individual that broke his promise (one of several) and is fortuitously no longer responsible for anything of significance. All of the interviews are recommended, but then Congressman Simmons, now running for Senator in place of Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticutt, is especially noteworthy.  No one in government has, in the twenty one years we have been fighting this fight, gotten a better grip not just on the idea of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) as a separate discipline, but on OSINT as a means of revitalizing American education, improving decision-support to every Congressional jurisdiction (most get NOTHING from the secret intelligence world), and helping the President and the Cabinet Secretaries manage Whole of Govenrment Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Operational Campaigns.
Among those interviewed that we hold in very high esteem are Michael Andregg, Carolyn Stewart, Mats Bjore, Ralph Peters, Robert Young Pelton, Stephen E. Arnold, and Peter Morville.  There is also an interview with Robert Steele, who is not tagged within this website.
Below is a direct link to Kent Bye and a collage of clips from each of the people he interviewed.  We consider this the single best most brilliant piece of citizen journalism on the concept of OSINT.
Overview Video

Overview Video

Below are the currently available links for audio only for all those interviewed:

Michael Andregg on Secrecy and Insanity

Stephen E Arnold on Technology

Mats Bjore on Globalization

Peter Morville on Ambient Findability

Robert Young Pelton on Hearing all Sides

Ralph Peters on Wars of Blood and Faith

Rob Simmons on the Big Picture for America

Robert Steele on Washington Running on 2%

Carolyn Stewart on Information Operations

Below links directly to the Simmons interview, use the photograph link above to select any of the others.  NOTE: the video portion appears to have been disabled for all of them, you get audio only right now, we are working on this with Kent, it is vastly better to see these individuals in full multi-media form.

Rob Simmons

Rob Simmons

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Jan 4

Military Archives on Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

Categories: Military
Archives 1992-2006

Archives 1992-2006

2005

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Military Steele US Army Conference: E3i: Making the Revolution

2005

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Military USA Army Modernization Briefing

2004

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Military Simmons Foreword to the Draft SOF OSINT Handbook

2004

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Military Wiebes SIGINT in Bosnia

2003

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Military Hardee OSINT in Support of Special Operations

2003

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Military Harrison OSINT Requirements, Collection, & Production Management

2003

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Military Steele SOUTHCOM: Strategic Threat Assessment

2003

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Military Steele AFCEA Texas: C4I Revolution and National Security

2003?

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Military Steele To SecDef: Force Structure Trade-Offs and the Real World

2002

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Military Hardee Growing an Open Source Intelligence Program

2001

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Military Steele AUSA: Intelligence Support to a Transforming Army

2001

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Military Steele AWC: Welcome to the Real World: Force Structure Trade-Offs

2000

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Military Cox OSINT at SHAPE…Some Musings

2000

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Military Debat The Challenge of Informing European Defence Decisions

2000

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Military Hughes Open Sources and Intelligent Solutions

2000

Austria

Military Mueller Austrian Military Intelligence Thoughts on OSINT

2000

UK

Military Regan The UK Ministry of Defence OSINT Program

2000

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Military Reynolds U.S. Transportation Command OSINT

2000

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Military Steele Briefing to NATO/PfP: One World Ready or Not

1999

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Military Clark EAGLE VISION: USAF Initiative for Tactical Receipt of Imagery

1999

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Military Connors PACOM Additional Slides on VIC

1999

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Military Connors U.S. Pacific Command’s Virtual Information Center (VIC)

1999

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Military Dearth Intelligence in the 21st Century

1999

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Military Lee Summary of Military Map Availabililty for Iran

1999

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Military Myers & Madison Virtual Information Center Concept Refinement

1999

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Military Prinslow & Bond Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies

1999

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Military Steele Overview of OSINT Issues & OSINT Utility to DoD

1999

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Military Steele Setting the Stage for Information Sharing in the 21st Century: 3 Issues

1999

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Military Steele What Do We Need to Know and Where Do We Get It? (Slides)

1999

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Military Steele Expeditionary Environment in the 21st Century

1999

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Military Wirtz Bridging the Culture Gap: OSINT and the Tet Offensive

1998

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Military Beavers & Shanahan Operationalizing IO in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Book Chapter)

1998

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Military Bjore Open Sources and Methods for the Military

1998

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Military Bjore OSINT Lessons Learned

1998

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Military Rathmell Assessing the IW Threat from Sub-State Groups

1998

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Military Steele INFORMATION PEACEKEEPING: Purest Form of War (Outline)

1998

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Military Steele Skeptical Assessment of USN-USMC Based on Real-World OSINT

1998

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Military Steele TAKEDOWN: The Asymmetric Threat to the Nation

1998

UK

Military Tyrrell OSINT: The Challenge for NATO

1997

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Military Alger IATAC: Building a Knowledge Base of Emerging IAT

1997

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Military Clark EAGLE VISION: Tactical Downlink Station for Imagery

1997

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Military Clinton Managing Complex Contingency Operations

1997

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Military Molholm DTIC: Building a Virtual Knowledge Warehouse

1997

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Military Necoba The Marines and OSINT

1997

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Military Pedtke National Air Intelligence Center Science & Technology OSINT

1997

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Military Steele CINC Brief: The One that Got CINCSOC (Now CSA) to Buy In

1997

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Military Steele Creating a Bare Bones OSINT  Capability (Slides)

1997

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Military Steele Creating a Bare Bones OSINT Unit for DIA

1997

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Military Steele CINCSOC 10 Minute Brief on OSINT

1997

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Military Vesely Striking A Balance: National, Operational, & Tactical Acquisition

1996

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Military Smith Defense Mapping Agency and the Commercial Sector

1996

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Military Steele Open Source Intelligence Handbook, Chapter 5, OSINT and Military

1996

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Military Steele DIA/JMITC: National Knowledge Strategy & Revolution in Intelligence

1996

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Military Stein Mapping, Charting, and Geodetic Needs for Remote Sensing Data

1995

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Military Bjore Six Years of Open Source Information (OSI): Lessons Learned

1995

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Military Dandar Army Intelligence XXI, Open Source Status Report

1995

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Military Dandar OSIF Exploitation for Army Intelligence XXI: Summary

1995

UK

Military Garfield Update on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Slides)

1995

UK

Military Garfield Update on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Text)

1995

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Military Ricardeli OSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Slides)

1995

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Military Ricardeli OSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Text)

1995

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Military Steele The Military Perspective on Information Warfare: Apocalypse Now

1995

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Military Steele AWC: Open Source Intelligence for the Military

1994

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Military Brooks & McKeeyer Split-Based Ops in DESERT STORM: Glimpse of the Future Digital Army

1994

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Military Munro INFORMATION WARFARE: Snake Eaters Meet Net-Heads

1994

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Military Pedtke NAIC & The Intelligence Community Open Source Architecture

1994

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Military Steele DIA/JMITC: NS via the Reinvention of National & Defense Intelligence

1992

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Military Clift Military OSINT Requirements, Capabilities, and Contracting Directions

1992

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Military Pedtke et al NAIC S&T Open Source Intelligence Requirements & Capabilities

1992

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Military Petersen New Roles for the U.S. Military

1992

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Military Schwartau Introduction to Information Warfare

1992

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Military Steele Intelligence Lessons Learned from Recent Expeditionary Operations

1992

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Military Steele Comments Prepared for Future War Roundtable

1992

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Military Strassmann Forcing Innovation, Cutting Costs, and Increasing Defense Productivity

1991

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Military Steele Defense Intelligence Productivity in the 1990’s

1990

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Military USMC & Steele Expeditionary Environment Research & Analysis Model

1990

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Military USMC & Steele Expeditionary Mission Area Factors Summaries
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Jul 18

Commerce Archive on Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

Categories: Commerce
Archive 1992-2006

Archive 1992-2006

2004

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Commerce Bjore Commercial Intelligence

2003

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Commerce Bjore Reinventing Commercial Intelligence

2002

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Commerce Klavans Identifying Commercial Opportunities from Emerging Science

2000

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Commerce Technology Intelligence from Patents

2000

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Commerce Sullivan Business Perspective on Essential Overseas Information

1999

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Commerce Baumlin Espionage or Business Intelligence: Nuances of Gray

1999

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Commerce Collier Overview of New Horizons in OSINT Sources, Softwares, Services

1999

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Commerce Miller The Year the Information Industry Hit Bottom

1999

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Commerce Robinson How Mobil Uses Open Sources & Services

1998

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Commerce Baumlin Black, White, Gray, Realities of the Investigative Marketplace

1998

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Commerce Boyer Assessing US and Other Space Imaging Options for European Needs

1998

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Commerce Bruckner Information and Knowledge Management in Intelligence Situations

1998

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Commerce Burwell Commercial Online Source Validation Methods

1998

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Commerce Collier The Pricing of Electronic Information

1998

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Commerce Dunn Confronting the Future of the Information Industry

1998

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Commerce Feiler Open and Personal: Economic Intelligence in the Middle East

1998

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Commerce Horowitz Economic Espionage and OSINT: Legal and Security Implications

1998

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Commerce Stara Valuing Competitive Intelligence

1998

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Commerce Yankeelov Pushing the Assets of Time and Knowledge

1997

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Commerce Borry & Sohl Electronic Sources & Methods: A Belgian Business Perspective

1997

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Commerce Suggs International Trade & Commerce Intelligence Search Strategies (Slides)

1997

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Commerce Suggs International Trade & Commerce Intelligence Search Strategies (Text)

1996

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Commerce Bates Recent and Emerging Trends in Information Brokering

1996

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Commerce Call Realities & Myths Regarding Financial Research Using Open Sources

1996

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Commerce Kolb (SCIP) Sales Pitch for the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals

1996

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Commerce Sibbit Emerging Business Models for Commercial Remote Sensing

1996

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Commerce Steele Concise Directory of Selected International Open Sources & Services

1996

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Commerce Steele Open Source Intelligence Handbook, Chapter 1, Overview

1995

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Commerce Herring Business Intelligence in Japan and Sweden: Lessons for the US

1995

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Commerce Herring Intelligence to Enhance American Companies’ Competitiveness

1995

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Commerce Herring Using the Intelligence Process to Create Competitive Global Advantage

1995

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Commerce Simon & Blixt Emerging Issues in Competitive Intelligence

1994

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Commerce Basch Secrets of the Super-Searchers: A Personal and Practical Perspective

1994

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Commerce Bernhardt Tailoring Competitive Intelligence to Executive Needs

1994

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Commerce Collier Global Information Industry and a New Information Paradigm

1994

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Commerce Himelfarb Introduction to Competitive and Business Intelligence

1994

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Commerce Kelly ASIDIC Perspectives & Its Contributions to National Competitiveness (S)

1994

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Commerce Kelly ASIDIC Perspectives & Its Contributions to National Competitiveness (T)

1994

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Commerce Marcinko Association of Information and Dissemination Centers, Case Studies

1994

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Commerce Shaker Beating the Competition: From Boardroom to War Room

1994

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Commerce Shaker & Rice From War Room to Board Room

1994

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Commerce Sharp How to Identify Changes that Threaten Your Business Activity, In Advance

1994

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Commerce Stanat The Power of Global Business Information

1994

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Commerce Steele Germany: ACCESS:  Theory and Practice of Competitor Intelligence

1994?

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Commerce Steele ASIDIC: Intelligence Community as a New Market

1993

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Commerce Caldwell International Investigative Market (Slides)

1993

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Commerce Caldwell International Investigative Market (Text)

1993

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Commerce Dedijer Europe’s To BI or not to BE: Inventory of a New Business Innovation

1993

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Commerce Elias An Overview of the Information Industry in 1993

1993

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Commerce Fraumann Business is War

1993

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Commerce Herring Business Intelligence: Some Have It, Some Don’t–How They Do It

1993

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Commerce Himelfarb Intelligence Requirements for Executives

1993

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Commerce Monaco & Gerliczy Economic Intelligence and Open Source Information

1993

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Commerce Shima Overview of Japanese Media and Information Systems

1993

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Commerce Splitt The U.S. Information Industry: Changing the 21st Century

1993

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Commerce Steele Corporate Role in National Competitiveness

1993

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Commerce Steele The Intelligence Community as a New Market

1992

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Commerce Hlava Information Industry Corporations (Partial Listing)

1992

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Commerce Hlava Selected Professional and Trade Associations in Information

1992

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Commerce Hlava The Information Industry: Impact of Globalization

1992

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Commerce Meyer Business Intelligence at the Cutting Edge

1992

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Commerce Nobel From A to Z: What We’ve Done with Open Sources

1992

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Commerce Shaker & Kardulias Intelligence Support to U.S. Business

1992

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Commerce Williams OSINT to Create Intelligence in a Commercial Environment
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Jul 18