The Cyber System for Strategy and Decision (CSSD) is an interactive knowledge-based system for research, policy, and practice.

Formally, CSSD can be characterized as a computer implementation method for facilitation, identification, and storage of data and the communication of information among a plurality of conceptually and geographically separated entities that define structures and processes, actors and activities in the joint domain cyberspace and international relations.

Anchored in its ontology, we constructed a web-based customized interactive knowledge networking system with a knowledge base of quality-controlled content and materials generated by ECIR and other related research.

Knowledge System

Based on the ontology, the knowledge-architecture helps to organize and build a representation for the knowledge map, literally and figuratively, of the joint cyberspace-international relations arena. This knowledge architecture consists of:

  1. Organizing knowledge and data related to the issue-area into several hierarchies of interrelated sub-concepts stored on several computer systems interconnected by a number of communication links;
  2. Defining each sub-concept of hierarchies to belong to a category and has at least one attribute and one sub-attribute;
  3. Identifying data connectivity among and within hierarchies of interrelated sub-concepts stored on a plurality of computer systems that are already storing data;
  4. Providing a mapping between data related to each of the sub-concepts and the computer methods for storing data.

This organization enables:

  1. Mapping substantive materials on to the structure of hierarchies
  2. Providing access of plurality of entities, to data within any of sub-concepts stored in pluralities of remote locations in response to mapping specifications; and
  3. Providing access to data and information of hierarchies of interrelated sub-concepts on any computer systems from any sub-concepts according to defined principles.

In operational terms, the organization also:

  1. Enables the organization of knowledge generated, stored, and managed in distributed modes,
  2. Provides the framework for retrieving, storing, and distributing an evolving knowledge base consisting of basic information of, and pointers to, quality controlled selected or submitted materials, and
  3. Facilitates the search and retrieval of content from the knowledge base.

These three functions are central to the design and construction of the web-based cyber-IR interactive knowledge system.

For more details, visit cssd.mit.edu

The process involved:

  • Developing an ontology of the joint cyber-IR domain and context
  • Building a knowledge system devoted to quality-controlled content and materials
  • Enabling interactive networking
  • Providing submission and search options for users

Overall, CSSD is structured in four domains of human interaction, defined as follows:

  1. Intersection of Cyberspace and International Relations (Cyber-IR)
  2. Governance and Institutions
  3. Conflict and War
  4. Cyberspace and Sustainability

See Theory for logic and principles.