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Supporting Distributed Coalition Planning with Semantic Wiki Technology

Supporting Distributed Coalition Planning with Semantic Wiki Technology
Supporting Distributed Coalition Planning with Semantic Wiki Technology
Contemporary and near-future military coalition environments present a number of challenges for military planning. Not only must military planners create plans against a backdrop of strict time constraints and uncertain information, they must also coordinate their planning efforts with other planning staff (often from different organizational, linguistic and cultural communities). This paper examines the potential for semantic wikis to support collaborative planning activities in the face of these challenges. Whilst we do not claim that semantic wikis could support all aspects of the collaborative planning process, we do suggest that semantic wikis can provide a highly configurable online editing environment which is likely to be of value in at least some coalition planning contexts. The strengths of semantic wikis include their support for distributed editing, their support for flexible forms of information presentation, and the opportunities they provide for new forms of inter-agent coordination. Their weaknesses include the absence of supportive plan editing interfaces and the limited support for the representation of highly expressive planning models. In the current paper, we discuss this profile of strengths and weaknesses, and we also discuss how a specific semantic wiki system, namely Semantic MediaWiki, could be used to support some aspects of collaborative planning.
planning, semantic wikis, military coalitions, coalition operations, military plans
Smart, Paul R
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Braines, Dave
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Bao, Jie
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Mott, David
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Huynh, Trung Dong
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Shadbolt, Nigel
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Smart, Paul R
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Mott, David
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Huynh, Trung Dong
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Smart, Paul R, Braines, Dave, Bao, Jie, Mott, David, Huynh, Trung Dong and Shadbolt, Nigel (2010) Supporting Distributed Coalition Planning with Semantic Wiki Technology. 4th Annual Conference of the International Technology Alliance (ACITA'10), London, United Kingdom. 13 - 15 Sep 2010.

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Contemporary and near-future military coalition environments present a number of challenges for military planning. Not only must military planners create plans against a backdrop of strict time constraints and uncertain information, they must also coordinate their planning efforts with other planning staff (often from different organizational, linguistic and cultural communities). This paper examines the potential for semantic wikis to support collaborative planning activities in the face of these challenges. Whilst we do not claim that semantic wikis could support all aspects of the collaborative planning process, we do suggest that semantic wikis can provide a highly configurable online editing environment which is likely to be of value in at least some coalition planning contexts. The strengths of semantic wikis include their support for distributed editing, their support for flexible forms of information presentation, and the opportunities they provide for new forms of inter-agent coordination. Their weaknesses include the absence of supportive plan editing interfaces and the limited support for the representation of highly expressive planning models. In the current paper, we discuss this profile of strengths and weaknesses, and we also discuss how a specific semantic wiki system, namely Semantic MediaWiki, could be used to support some aspects of collaborative planning.

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Published date: 14 September 2010
Additional Information: Event Dates: 14th - 16th September 2010
Venue - Dates: 4th Annual Conference of the International Technology Alliance (ACITA'10), London, United Kingdom, 2010-09-13 - 2010-09-15
Keywords: planning, semantic wikis, military coalitions, coalition operations, military plans
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 271464
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/271464
PURE UUID: 88aef745-b711-4f64-92b1-d245f0f8d706
ORCID for Paul R Smart: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9989-5307
ORCID for Trung Dong Huynh: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4937-2473

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Date deposited: 07 Aug 2010 15:39
Last modified: 29 Sep 2020 01:35

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