OPEN SOURCES, SYSTEMS, & SERVICES:

A PRACTICAL OVERVIEW WITH EXAMPLES

Mr. Robert D. Steele, MA MPA NWC USMCR

President and Chief Executive Officer

OPEN SOURCE SOLUTIONS, Inc.

Outline of Presentation to the First Australian Seminar on

"Information, Competitiveness, and Security"

National Convention Center, Canberra

17 March 1994

Preface

Practical Side of Earlier Policy Discussion OSS Inc., Non-Profit Educational, is World's Only Clearinghouse Winston Maike is our local representative,, all three organizers are master practitioners Must integrate sources, systems, and services to make a difference Australia's differential: location, culture, depth of demographic resources Join SCIP, use local information brokers with global reach

Introduction

The Information Continuum The Distributed Networked Concept Leveraging Existing Centers of Excellence Let the Market Do Its Magic Get Secrets Before They Become Secrets Understand Information Ageing Understand Information Value (content + context + time) Rules of the Game Have Changed Competitive Advantage from Openness, Not Secrecy Redefinition of Corporation Information-Intelligence Practices Must Have Government Assistance--Private Sector Can't Go It Alone

Open Sources

Classification of sources: -- medium -- location -- discipline -- language -- restriction SPOT, LANDSAT Major Commercial Databases -- LEXIS-NEXIS -- DIALOG -- America Online Hybrid Services -- Dow Jones -- Dun & Bradstreet CD-ROM Internet Servers Grey Literature Human Experts Major Problem: Sources Constantly Changing, Hard to Use Open Systems

How to Leverage Technology (Filter not Fuse) Internal Systems (Split Proprietary from Open) External Systems (Leverage the Matrix) TRW/ESL InfoQuest GTE MAJIC Real World Intelligence, Inc.

Open Services

Oxford Analytica Jane's Information Group Economist Intelligence Unit Find/SVP Monterey Institute of International Studies Cheap Student/Faculty Labor Information Brokers (e.g. super searchers, AIIP, SCIP) Private Investigators DIAC Klassic Concepts Human Experts (BEST America, Teltech) Current Awareness Services (e.g. HeadsUp/First!)

Conclusion

Shift to information-based organization and direction Every employee is a collector, producer, and consumer of intelligence Out-source requirements Optimize internal ability to act on information

Practical Applications

Interactive Q&A Local Case Studies Invited for Comment