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NSA’s Blackbook 2 and 3 - The Standard in Semantic Web Technology for Data Management:

Blackbook2 is a project architected by Intervise’s Chief Technology Officer (Scott Streit), which moved into open source on September 1, 2009. Blackbook2 is a standard for semantic web processing and is currently used, in production or pilots, at the Department of Defense, Dole Foods, and the Environmental Protection Agency, just to name a few. Without changing Blackbook2, merely adding new data, Blackbook2 processes anything from Shipping Visibility Data to classified, analytical processing.

For web application framework for data analysis, Blackbook2's architecture provides secure support for visualization, transformation, data source integration, asynchronous operations, and is vocabulary agnostic. Application programming interfaces (APIs) exist for plugin components that visualize, discover, transform, extract, enrich, or filter graph‐based data such as social networks. Data sources of many types (RDBMs, Documents, RSS) can be mapped into Blackbook2 as RDF/OWL, either by Ingest or real-time mapping solutions such as D2RQ.

The Blackbook2 architecture provides asynchronous operations via a message bus backend so that results are provided just-in-time to real‐time users or to workflows that may run for hours. Blackbook2 is vocabulary agnostic: it can provide mapping to a common ontology for all data sources or it can accommodate disparate vocabularies with common vocabulary subsets (e.g., Dublin Core, VCard). Finally, Blackbook2 is accredited for multi-level security via role-based access and provides integrated logging via standard interfaces (JAAS and Log4J).

Blackbook 2, and now 3, is available free to Federal government employees and is currently running on the NSA CloudBase Cloud Computing Platform. Software, documentation, and collaboration are available at http://rabasrv.jhuapl.edu/wiki/index.php/Main_Page  by contacting Buster Fields at hlfield@nsa.gov .

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