Information systems are often applied to support command and control in the military domain and elsewhere. Agile command and control requires agile information sharing among an increasingly wide variety of partners with very different world and business views. Current net-centric approaches improve information sharing on the technical level, but they fall short when it comes to the alignment of interpretations and of represented content. They fail to do justice to heterogeneous views regarding data, processes and constraints, and as a result current approaches do not support efficient and reliable information sharing across the larger command and control domain.
Intelligent defense decision support technologies should contribute to bridging this gap. One of the most promising approaches to improve understanding and alignment as a presupposition of semantic interoperability between supporting systems is the use of ontologies.
This special issue seeks contributions focusing on the theory and applications of ontology-based methods, with a focus on ontology for intelligent defense decision support. We are seeking descriptions of underlying principles and lessons learned and of success stories designed to show how ontologies can be used both within and without the defense domain.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Agile command and control
- Battle management
- Command and control systems
- Data and messages
- Integratability and Interoperability
- Lexical services
- Semantic alignment
- Situation awareness
- System of systems
Submission: 7 January 2011
Feedback to authors: 5 April 2011
Final submission: 3 June 2011