Federated Search Tools in Fusion Centers : Bridging Databases in the Information Sharing Environment

dc.contributor.advisorBergin, Richard
dc.contributor.advisorWollman, Lauren
dc.contributor.authorWormet, Jody R.
dc.contributor.departmentSecurity Studies
dc.dateSep-12
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-14T00:03:11Z
dc.date.available2012-11-14T00:03:11Z
dc.date.issued2012-09
dc.description.abstractThis research utilized a semi-structured survey instrument delivered to subject matter experts within the national network of fusion centers and employed a constant comparison method to analyze the survey results. This smart practice exploration informed through an appreciative inquiry lens found considerable variation in how fusion centers plan for, gather requirements, select and acquire federated search tools to bridge disparate databases. These findings confirmed the initial hypothesis that fusion centers have received very little guidance on how to bridge disconnected databases to enhance the analytical process. This research should contribute to the literature by offering a greater understanding of the challenges faced by fusion centers, when considering integrating federated search tools; by evaluating the importance of the planning, requirements gathering, selection and acquisition processes for integrating federated search tools; by acknowledging the challenges faced by some fusion centers during these integration processes; and identifying possible solutions to mitigate those challenges. As a result, the research will be useful to individual fusion centers and more broadly, the National Fusion Center Association, which provides leadership to the national network of fusion centers by sharing lessons learned, smart practices, and other policy guidance.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.serviceDirector, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigationen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/federatedsearcht1094517480
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/17480
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.subject.authorHomeland securityen_US
dc.subject.authorfusion centersen_US
dc.subject.authorinformation sharingen_US
dc.subject.authordisparate databasesen_US
dc.subject.authorfederated search toolsen_US
dc.subject.authoranalysisen_US
dc.titleFederated Search Tools in Fusion Centers : Bridging Databases in the Information Sharing Environmenten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Defense And Security)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts In Security Studies (Homeland Defense And Security)en_US
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