Visual Intelligence

I’m not sure but I think the processing phase is becoming visual intelligence in osint realm; in fact, the visual intell is much more…if we think the intell / osint cycle as a network process.

And, this post, from Sources and Methods, could be a start:

“One of the exercises we routinely assign in our Intelligence Communications and Intelligence Writing And Presentation classes is a “visual” short form analytic report.” and more…

“…a number of resources. The first are some general sites about visual thinking or visualizing data such as:
The History Of Visual Communication
Thinking Visually (slideshow of concepts)
The Periodic Table Of Visualizations
Visual Complexity (Examples of how to display data visually)
Information Aesthetics (the last three links are to excellent blogs that focus on visualization)
Eager Eyes
Flowing Data

I also point them towards a number of readily available but under-used tools (such as Windows Movie Maker which comes with every Microsoft Windows machine) as well as some of the more interesting and useful online tools I have run across or which have been used by other students:

Programmable Web (massive list of available tools)
Animoto (automated, sophisiticated slide show production)
Comiqs (See an example here)
Just Leap In (customizable, web-based virtual world)
Community Walk (Customizable mapping software based on Google Earth)
Dipity (amazing timeline generation product)
MapWing (Simple tool for virtual tours)
Issuu (Sleek online document viewer)

These are obviously just a few of the tools and sites available for this kind of project (Don’t believe me? Just check out MakeUseOf’s List of Tools…). Do not hesitate to add your favorites to the comments!”

Source: Sources and Methods

and other tools from his comments:

1) IBM’s ManyEyes
This is an online tool for visualizing data. It can be used for creating TextClouds, TreeMaps, Bubble Charts, Country and World Maps, etc.

2) MindMeister
This is much like Visio on the web. The free version works very well, and you can invite others to contribute as well, as members of a team.

3) ScreenPrint32 for Windows
This is an excellent, free, screenprint application. After you have made your visualizations, you’ll want to copy just the parts you care about. ScreenPrint32 is an great tool for the job.

Krishna Mungur
Open Source Intelligence Analyst

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