Acknowledgements

The original idea for this approach to argumentation-based analytics was devised by Timothy Norman and Alice Toniolo, and the research was conducted from 2013 to 2016 through the NIS ITA research programme. The NIS ITA programme was sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.K. Ministry of Defence and under Agreement Number W911NF-06-3-0001. This research benefitted from numerous contributors, notably Federico Cerutti, who, among other things, developed the jArgSemSAT solver, which is a core component of the evidential reasoning service. The project benefitted from significant time and effort from expert intelligence analysts from DSTL and ARL, and we received valuable advice from NATO experts. Particular thanks go to Paul Sullivan, CEO of INTELPOINT Inc.

The automated fact extraction mechanisms for open source intelligence was devised and developed by Stuart Middleton. This technology was first developed by us to help emergency response teams during natural crisis situations and journalists verifying breaking news stories. The TRIDEC project looked at using social media to produce real-time crisis maps of areas effected by natural disasters such as storms, Tsunami and earthquakes. The REVEAL project looked at supporting journalists verifying eyewitness content from social media sites during breaking news events.

The current development of CISpaces2.0 is funded by the DSTL Defence Accellerator programme under agreement number ACC102157.  This project is led by Timothy Norman, and is a collaborative effort with Alice Toniolo, Federico Cerutti and Stuart Middleton.