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Frank Ponzio Presents at the Federal DAS

Frank Ponzio Jr., President and CEO of Symbolic Systems, Inc., presented a briefing at the Federal Data Architecture Subcommittee (DAS) highlighting the lessons learned in creating baseline architecture products.

“In order to maximize its effectiveness, data needs to be standardized beyond the Department of Defense (DoD) and across all U.S. government agencies,” Ponzio said. “Data, field manuals and training are being developed in such as a way as to make them ubiquitous, so that each part of the government can interoperate and increase its effectiveness.” 

The DAS met on October 14 in Ballston, Va. DAS encompasses representatives from federal government agencies along with input from government contractors. It was established to manage the sharing of federal data, and a community of interest (COI) became a viable option to reach these goals.

During his presentation, Ponzio discussed the baseline glossary, integrated data dictionary, and data model. These baseline architecture products were developed using a knowledge base and were used to build the required DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF). Ponzio also covered the approach taken and lessons learned in their development.

To fulfill a variety of tactical mission sets in Iraq and Afghanistan, the DoD performed rapid insertions of biometrics technology. Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions were deployed to fulfill the urgent mission needs that included the use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) biometric identity capabilities.

In order to build the Biometrics Architecture for 2015, it was necessary to build the current architecture data products for the deployed and associated systems. An extensive knowledge base, which includes data concerning biometric systems and standards, was developed with strong COI participation. 
    
To promote data sharing and increase interoperability an integrated data dictionary was created for the initial COTS biometric systems fielded at the onset of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Also developed was a Logical Data Model, used to exchange data between systems, including DoD systems and those of the FBI and DHS. Meanwhile the Biometrics Glossary offers a common vocabulary to the biometrics community in order to synchronize the biometrics domain, which is in a constant state of evolvement, Ponzio said

“With the standardization of data fields comes an improvement in interoperability and data sharing between government agencies, which in turn increases the size of the data pool used to identify potential threats to security,” Ponzio said.

 
 
Symbolic Briefs DQ and ADS at USAAC

In collaboration with Dr. Richard Wang Deputy Chief Data Officer and Chief Data Quality Officer US Army CIO/G-6, Frank Ponzio Jr., President and CEO of Symbolic Systems, Inc., and John Briel, Senior Systems Analyst of Symbolic Systems, Inc., participated in the United States Army Accessions Command (USAAC) Army Total Data Quality Management (ATDQM) Seminar on September 23.

The USAAC is a subordinate command of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) established in 2002. USAAC was designed to meet the human resource needs of the Army and to transform volunteers into Soldiers and leaders for the Army.

Symbolic’s role included presenting to the USAAC the fundamentals of data quality and the Army data quality program. The agenda included a Data Quality Overview presented by Dr. Richard Wang; Army Total Data Quality Management: The Case of Unit Identification Code (UIC), by John Briel; and Authoritative Data Sources presented by Frank Ponzio. The briefings were followed by a discussion encompassing USAAC’s data quality efforts.

The data quality lectures were well received, with the USAAC members actively participating in determining ways in which the principles presented could be integrated into their data quality efforts.

Mr. Frank Ponzio has been heavily involved in the Army’s efforts to produce initialization data for the digitized weapons systems now being deployed. He has three data quality patents pending and reviews data quality articles for MIT’s Total Data Quality Management Program.

Symbolic Systems, Inc. offers a number of data quality services to both the government and industry. In addition to consulting, the company provides data quality analysis and metrics reporting using its web-based DATAMRI® service suite.

 
 
Symbolic at the Biometric Consortium

Establishing an individual’s identity with absolute conviction and being able to link that person to past aliases or activities is a critical capability that will not only serve the Soldier and its joint forces, but all U.S. government agencies. To help facilitate this effort, Symbolic Systems, Inc. demonstrated a featured exhibit at the 2010 Biometric Consortium Conference and Technology Expo. 

“We at Symbolic are very excited to have participated in the Biometrics Consortium Conference.  Our participation identified Symbolic as a strong player in the Biometrics space.  It gave us a forum to demonstrate our extensive data knowledge and experience, and allowed us to show how our services can be a significant value add to both existing and future projects.” –Chris Ceravolo Technology Manager of Symbolic Systems, Inc.

The conference was held on 21-23 Sept. at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla. Supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency, the Biometrics Consortium Conference is focused on Biometric Technologies for Defense, Homeland Security, Identity Management, Border Crossing and Electronic Commerce. The Biometric Technology Expo showcased technology exhibitors displaying a wide range of hardware and software solutions to meet  biometric and identity management challenges such as facial, signature, and DNA recognition.

The Biometric Consortium provides an environment where biometric-based technology can be analyzed, explored, evaluated, researched, and displayed.

Visitors to the Symbolic Systems’ booth were briefed on data services that the company provides to include Data Management and Data Assessment. Attendees received a collection of white papers the Symbolic team has developed relative to data integration, quality, and interoperability.

Symbolic team members demonstrated two homegrown biometric data tools, the Biometrics Data Knowledge Base (BDKB) and the Biometrics Learning Center (BLC). Both products support data interoperability.


About the Tools

The BDKB is a virtual engineering environment that provides a repeatable, sustainable analysis process to support ongoing data architecture needs. It acts as a collaborative environment for the biometric community and an Authoritative source for Biometrics Architecture Products.

The BLC provides a hands-on learning experience using biometric collection equipment and processes. It presents users with commercially available hardware and software in an environment where they can experience the biometric operations themselves.

 
 
Frank Ponzio Speaks at MIT Data Quality Conference

At the invitation of Professor Richard Wang, Conference Chair and head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Total Data Quality Management Program, Frank Ponzio was a featured speaker at the International Conference on Information Quality held at MIT, Cambridge, MA, held November 6-8, 2004. The conference provides a forum for both researchers and practitioners to exchange information, quality knowledge, and ideas and learn from each other.

Mr. Ponzio presented and discussed his white paper, “Authoritative Data Source (ADS) Framework and ADS Maturity Model©” via a case study. These are processes designed for organizations that rely on external information to help mitigate both the risks of importing and of disseminating bad data. The ADS Framework provides the methodology for data providers and consumers to analyze, review, and adjudicate data before it is disseminated. The ADS Maturity Model provides a construct in which metrics can be applied by those with a stakeholder interest in the data.

The study showed how the ADS Framework and ADS Maturity Models are being used as part of the US Army’s fielding of the digital weapons. Mr. Ponzio is the founder and president of Symbolic Systems, Inc. Symbolic has been heavily involved in the Army’s efforts to produce initialization data for the digitized weapons systems now being deployed. Mr. Ponzio highlighted how the Army has integrated these data quality processes into their operating procedures to improve the accuracy of addressing and networking information for routing communications and command and control information via a battlefield tactical internet.

The network and addressing information is provided by a number of sources within the Army and DoD to the group in charge of providing the initialization data loads. In order to produce the data loads for the various digitized battlefield systems, the information is imported into a database, manipulated and enhanced, and then exported in a number of different file formats with different field and attribute requirements to meet the unique requirements of the individual weapons system. The ADS Framework and ADS Maturity Model are employed to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the data provided by external sources and to confirm the quality of the data produced prior to disseminating data loads for the battlefield systems.

Symbolic Systems is active in the area of data quality. Mr. Ponzio has three data quality patents pending and reviews data quality articles for MIT’s Total Data Quality Management Program. The company offers a number of data quality services to both the government and industry. In addition to consulting, the company provides data quality analysis and metrics reporting using its web-based DATAMRI® service suite.

 
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