The Information Production Matrix


imagesInformation as a commodity
Information is a good that can be used to fulfill three intentions: to procure, protect, and project power. At every stage of the production process, the information gets refined to produce its desired effects. The next 4 sections provide insight to this process. Below is the Information Matrix.

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

State

Data

Information

Knowledge

Wisdom

Action 1

Collect

Analyze/ Archive

Distribute

Strategize

Action 2

Learn

Understand

Teach

Implement/ Evaluate

Phase 1

Data
Information in its purest form can be called data. It can be singular and/ or plural. Data is simply, fact(s), statistics, or any piece of information that can be used for further inquiry. Data can be found anywhere and everywhere. It can be found in conversation, written media, print media, digital media, social networks, databases, sensors, data transmission hardware, various spectrums, satellite, etc.
Collect
Collection is the obtaining of data. The first step of the collection process is determining what data is useful. Usually, this involves determining the subject and what needs to be known. The second step is determining where and how to get the useful data. The third step of the collection process is getting the data.
Learn
After collecting the data, it is necessary to find out more  about what has been obtained. During this process, the data will be broke apart by the whos, whats, whys, wheres, where, and how categories. Spreadsheets are an effective way to keep track of actors and actions.

Phase 2

Information
Once the data has been collected and combed through, it has become information. The information will be further broken apart in this phase to determine the structure and functions of the variables found in Phase 1 Step 2.
Analysis and Archive
Analysis is the action of testing the integrity of the information. During this stage, the information will be closely examined, tested, and retested. Computational and cartographic models be taken or made from the data in the information sets.
Archiving the information is a structural and functional way to store information. Instead of saving it as one giant dataset, it is best to save each file with a tag to determine actors and actions. Chronological order is usually best, if possible.  Spread sheets, word documents, and databases are the best ways to archive the information.
Understand
At this point, the information has become more complex. Through the division of actors, actions, and environments, in relation to the chronology of events one develops a sense of the structure and functions within the area of interest.

Phase 3

Knowledge
Knowledge is the result of understanding. After becoming familiar with the dataset, issues of interests, and desired goals, then it can be applied.   However, before it can be applied, that knowledge must defuse amongst those to take action.
Disseminate
Dissemination of information is the process by which information is shared to intended operators and the necessary commanders. At this point in time, information is to stay within the group. c
Teach
After the information has been disseminated to the proper operators through the proper channels, it must be taught. The researcher is to teach the operations and command team about what they have learned through analyzing the dataset. At this point, it is necessary to explain the problems in the environment that need to be reshaped.

Phase 4

Wisdom
After information has become knowledge and it can be reproduced with ease, and all that can be discerned has been delineated, then knowledge evolves into wisdom.
Strategize
The application of wisdom can be found in strategy. Strategy logically and reasonably bridges problems with goals/ objectives with a solution. The solution is always informative. The solution will contain Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures that the team will carry out the functions to produce the intended results.
Implement and Evaluate
After the plans have been made, and teams made aware of and understand the TTP, as well as the intended goals, and then it is time to begin implementing the strategy. During implementation, this whole process will repeat itself. However, there is a slight difference, as engagement is already underway, sometimes information gained on the ground at that time could now be different.
Evaluation at this point is key. On the tactical level, all impromptu actions must be carefully considered, in order to prevent self-destructive actions. If the ground game has changed, then operators must be greatly empowered to carry out the functions to produce the goals, while trying not to deviate from the plan. Operators should consult with command, if the team has time.
At the strategic level, evaluation is a post-operation action. Meaning, after the offensive, or defensive has been waged. The researchers and command sections will determine if the desired effects were achieved by the implementation.

Disclaimer: This piece is not yet complete. If you see any mistakes or adjustments that should be made, please let me know!

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