Thursday, June 18, 2009

Intellipedia - Towards Living / Purple Intelligence

The United States Intelligence Community's wiki, Intellipedia, has been a media darling. Its very existence in such a bureaucratic and secret world inspired many. Intellipedia is now in its fourth year and the dominate view of its role can aptly be described as "good for collaboration but not the product." Each intelligence agency still vets and generates "their" products and Intellipedia is largely viewed as an adjunct of generic information compared to the official process. The living intelligence model aims to reduce parallel product creation by moving the review process into the same place where the collaboration takes place. This would create a central and transparent vetting system that replaces legacy processes. This is a key lesson for all Enterprise 2.0 endeavors--it must replace something. Living intelligence has also been referred to as purple intelligence.


Chris Rasmussen is a social-software knowledge manager at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), but he prefer the title "Purple Intelligence and Mashup Evangelist".

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