The Open Source Intelligence Forum (OSIF) is composed of senior leaders and interested parties from the Government and Private Sectors who come together periodically to discuss the latest information, trends, and events in the area of Open Source intelligence. All of it is informal and off-the-record.
Past guests have included the Director of the DNI Open Source Center, the DNI Open Source Coordinator and other users and "owners" of open source within the US Government.
Open Source is a crucial intelligence that must be well captured to empower today’s analysts and policymakers
An IC open source program must capture the world’s developments, regardless of country, language, subject, or relationship to today’s intelligence priorities – it must “capture history” in a usable way
Both the IC analyst and the collector must be taught to use and collect this information using today’s best practices
Any collection systems must be tailored to the unique needs of the IC focusing on a complete definition of requirements, industry best-practices input, and architectural competition.
We would like to thank Mats Bjore, founder of Silobreaker, for his excellent presentation at the 25 January 2011 session of OSIF.
Mats' honest, cutting edge discussion of the potential ways to access and use open source intelligence was appreciated by all.
The next meeting of OSIF will be held in late March. Notices will be sent in advance.