In response to these daunting conditions, we have constructed the Cyber System for Strategy and Decision (CSSD), 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 the 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.
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:
- 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;
- Defining each sub-concept of hierarchies to belong to a category and has at least one attribute and one sub-attribute;
- Defining the connectivity between data among and within hierarchies of interrelated sub-concepts stored on a plurality of computer systems that are already storing data;
- Providing a mapping between the data related to each of the sub-concepts and computer systems of storing data.
This organization enables:
- Mapping substantive materials on to the structure of hierarchies
- 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
- 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, it:
- Enables the organization of knowledge generated, stored, and managed in distributed modes,
- 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
- 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:
- Intersection of Cyberspace and International Relations (Cyber-IR)
- Governance and Institutions
- Conflict and War
- Cyberspace and Sustainability
See Theory for logic and principles.