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Janes Intara - Frequently Asked Questions
Janes Intara interconnects all of Janes assured open-source intelligence using the Janes Data Model, to allow users to gain a faster, more contextualised answer to their specific questions. Janes Intara also creates a common framework to allow the integration and normalisation of disparate data sources, which could be customer owned or third-party, with Janes assured open-source intelligence. This data can then be integrated and interconnected to allow customers to exploit all sources of intelligence in an actionable, shareable manner using a common, consistent framework.
Providing the best possible information and advice in support of government decision-making requires utilisation of all relevant data, including the vast amounts of high-quality data available in the public domain. Janes Intara interconnects millions of assured data points across Janes foundational intelligence, with the ability to integrate and contextualise multiple sources, within an existing platform or tool, delivering the mission critical intelligence data you need, rapidly, in a way you can use it.
Janes Intara automatically ties data relevant to any given intelligence problem together, identifying correlating data points to enable fully informed assessments.
The greater complex and interconnected world presents ever increasing threats and risks to governments, organisations and companies. This requires a sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of the defence and security environment. Whether you are navigating opportunities and risks, or looking to understand current or future military capability, Janes Intara enhances your understanding of the markets that are important to your short- or long-term objectives through the interconnection and contextualisation of millions of assured intelligence data points.
Janes Intara increases certainty and accelerates decision making for everyone in your organisation.
One of the most frequently quoted reasons for not engaging with open-source information is the understandable concerns about the 'quality' of the high, and expanding, volume of highly diverse publicly available content that is changing rapidly (volume, variety and velocity of OSINF) and, of course, the veracity of what is collected. To address this Janes employs two parallel and interrelated concepts in our tried and tested tradecraft: 'Triple-lock' verification and a metric-based approach for measuring data quality, summarized by the acronym 'TRACS'. The former can be simply described as the strict adherence to multi-source validation and multi-point analysis audit; the latter, a means by which the 'quality' or 'perceived assurance' of provided OSINT can be assessed across 4, interrelated key dimensions: Timeliness, Relevance, Accuracy and Completeness; which sum to provide a level of Assurance.
Timeliness - "the data has been available on time and updated with adequate frequency"
Relevance - "the applicability of provided information to supports a given enquiry"
Accuracy - "the degree to which the provided content conforms to the correct value"
Completeness - "refers to the presence of (accurate/relevant) data essential to answering the query adequately"
Assurance - "the trust or confidence the user perceives in the information to be used"
No, Janes Intara enables the integration of customer own, and third party data into the Janes data model enabling it to be interconnected with Janes assured open-source intelligence. We do not apply our tradecraft to non-Janes content and as such it is not verified or validated by Janes.
The Janes Data Model is the most comprehensive and complete open-source military knowledge base in the world. It defines key entities, relationships and data in a flexible way to support multiple requirements for defence. The use of a unique identifier down to the variant level, unit level or similar enables a standardised descriptor of each item, entity or concept. It is the framework that enables the normalisation and interconnection of defence entities.
Janes Intara includes Janes data and access to Janes framework or data model which is integrated into a customer's own system, accessed via any application. By integrating Janes data model into a customer's own system, the customer can integrate their first party data with Janes data creating significant value. While solutions available on Janes online, such as the explorer tools, are powered by the data and data model that make up Janes Intara, customers can't utilise the Janes framework and/or data model to get the full benefit offered by utilising the Janes Data Model.
First, customers can access Janes Intara through our graph API and associated configuration libraries. We provide ongoing support and configuration services in support to effectively bring Janes Intara into our customers environments. Alongside the API, the customer will also receive access to the Janes Intara Developer Portal which includes in-depth details on the data model, API queries guidance, Release Notes and other useful documents.
Second, we also provide configuration services into existing analytic workflows and tools. Janes will assist with integration into existing business systems. For each licensed system Janes will provide technical integration support. Janes will provide support to data scientists and analysts for integrating Janes data into their analytic workflow.
A graph database is a database designed to treat the relationships between data as equally important to the data itself. The relationships between the Janes Intara assured data, such as ORBATs, supply chains, and systems and their associated weapons systems, are all linked and these linkages are included as part of Janes Intara. In the same way that lat/long provides a geospatial context, a graph provides contextualisation across time, space and systems - including ORBATs, supply chains, system dependencies etc.
As a data company, not a platform, we are interoperable with not only a wide range of inputs (including customer own and 3rd party data), but also can be ingested into customer platforms as needed. Our business model is based upon Janes providing foundational military intelligence and open-source data wherever it is needed by warfighters and analysts. This means if you change inputs or change analytic platforms, we will continue to support although some additional configuration may be required.
To support our business we adopted globally industry recognised security standards, including as ISO27001 and the NIST standards. We are currently Cyber Essentials Plus certified which is a UK Government supply chain prerequisite. We are also conscious of the US Governments new CMMC standard and are aligned with them.
We provide a range of technical and product enabled services in support of Janes Intara. These include technical services (including integration, configuration, data engineering, and data science services), as well as services including Janes Intara Training, Janes Tradecraft and OSINT analysis.