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Web-Centric Collaboration & Information Sharing. Overview/Status of the Defense Collaboration Network International Collaboration Network. DCN/ICN Team Nov 10, 2000. OSD LAMP Program Robert S. Kidwell, ManTech VP & Sr Tech Dir enterprise Integration Center. DCN/ICN.

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Web-Centric Collaboration & Information Sharing

Overview/Status of the

Defense Collaboration Network

International Collaboration Network


Nov 10, 2000

OSD LAMP Program

Robert S. Kidwell,

ManTech VP & Sr Tech Dir

enterprise Integration Center

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  • What is the DCN/ICN

  • Current Capabilities & Technologies/ Tools

    • Information Services

    • Collaboration Services

  • Summary

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What is the DCNICN

  • An information Technology Infrastructure that Utilizes the “Internet” as a Backbone to Encourage and Provide Defense-Wide and World-Wide Information & Collaboration Services: Concerning all Aspects of the DoD Digital Environment Strategy

    • Service Oriented

    • Remote collaboration by specific group(s)

      • International Industry Commission for electronic Business (IICeB),

      • NATO CALS Management Board

      • Electronic Tech Manual Interoperability Working Group

    • Searches on Digital Environment Technical/Management

    • Documentation

    • White Pages/Yellow Pages for Individuals/Organizations

    • Enterprise Defense Initiatives and Implementations

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Critical Grading Period

The DCN/ICN Pilot Program

Our Goal: To Develop, Introduce, and

Support DCN/ICN Pilot Programs at

Specific “DoD” Program Offices,

International Affiliations

1999 -


  • Core Collaboration Services

    • Web-Centric E- Mail and Electronic Mail Lists

    • On-line Threaded Text Conferencing with Subject Forums

    • File Sharing, White-Boarding, Application Sharing

    • Audio-video desk-top collaboration

    • Web-Centric Comment/Annotation

    • Web-Centric Voting

    • Web-Centric Conference Program Management

  • Core Information Services

    • White Pages of DoD/Industry Organizations

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Sample Pilot Programs

  • Current Pilot Programs

    • OSD Logistics Transformation Leadership Group

    • OSD Corrosion Information and Distribution Center

    • OSD Logistics Architecture 2010 Working Group

    • NATO CALS Management Board

    • Korea Defense CALS -ADD

    • 21st Century Commerce (Expo 2000)

    • DoD Tri-Service IETM Working Group

    • CM Central

    • XML/EDI Central

    • Foreign Customs EDI

    • International Commission for electronic Business and Congress (IICeB

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NATO CALS Management Board

  • NATO CALS Handbook WG

  • NATO CALS Metrics WG


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ADD Korea Defense CALS

  • Technology Exchange

  • Repository for technology presentations, IWSDB reviews.

  • Calendar for Events/Activities

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ADD Text Conference

  • Collaboration Tool by Topic

  • Post Messages with attached files.

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DCN/ICN Capabilities

  • What is the DCN/ICN

  • Current Capabilities & Technologies/ Tools

    • Collaboration Services

    • Information Services

    • Customer Help and Technical Support

  • Summary

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Core Collaboration Services

Web-Centric E-Mail

Exploder Lists

Threaded Text Conferences

Web-Centric Calendar

File Sharing

CorePlus Collaboration Services



Application Sharing

White Board

Text Chatting

Shared Web Navigation

Audio and Video Conferencing

Collaboration Services

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Internet-Based Collaboration Services - unlimited user accounts


World Wide Web

Browsers, Web Servers

Scripting Languages (Client and Server)

Web-Database Technologies (Cold Fusion, AcitveX Data Objects)

Markup Languages (HTML, XML)

Active Server Pages

Electronic Mail (Web-Centric)

Windows (GUI)

Object-Relational Databases

Initial Tools

Text Conferences in Allaire Forums

Web hosting of documents or presentations

E-Mail exploder list

FTP hosting/file transfer capability

Video Conference Server Software

Web-Based Calendar



Current Technologies, Tools, & Capabilities

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Core Services - Collaboration

  • Web-Centric Calendar

  • Web-Centric E-Mail

  • Video Conferencing

    • Video, Audio, Application Sharing, Text Chat, White boarding

  • Text Conferencing

  • Email Exploder List

  • Comment/Annotation

  • Voting

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Web-Centric Calendar

  • Calendar of Events

  • Single, Periodic, Duration (multiple days) Events

COTS: iCal 2.1

BrownBear Software

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Web-Centric E-Mail

  • Web Browser Accessible

  • Attached Files

  • Address Book

  • Search Engine

  • Multiple Personalities (accounts)

  • Auto-response

  • Mail Forwarding


Version 5.05.0002

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Desktop Video Conference


User Interface

  • Audio*, Video*, Text Chat

  • Whiteboarding,

  • Application Sharing (e.g. MS Word, Excel, AutoCad)

  • File Transfer

NetMeeting Client is a freecomponent of

the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web

Browser. DCN/ICN provides locator service.

* Microphone,

Desktop Video Camera needed.

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Demo Text Conference

User Interface


  • Conferences

    • Forums

      • Threads

        • Message

  • Search

  • New Messages

  • Attached Files

COTS: Allaire Forums 2.05 – Now Open Source

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E-Mail Exploder List (Show Members)

  • E-Mail to All Members of a Group

  • Selectively E-Mail one or more members.

COTS + Developmental:

Gordano NTMail 5x

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Comment/Annotation Tool

  • Web-Centric

  • Comment on Documents

  • View Comments – all or by type of comment

  • Download Files

  • File Upload for Administrators

  • Comment Disposition for Administrators.

Developmental: ColdFusion

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  • Web-centric voting tool

  • Question Types

    • Multiple Choice

    • Rank Order

    • Yes/No/Abstain

  • Vote Result Charts

  • Remote Administration

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Core Information Services

CALS/EC Interest Organizations

CALS/EC Initiatives and Implementations

CALS/EC Publications and Repositories

Electronic Publishing

CorePlus Information Services

CALS/EC Technologies

CALS/EC Events

Document Management System

CALS/EC Specialists and Partnerships

CALS/EC Test and Certification Resources

Information Dissemination

Information Services

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Core Services - Information

  • ManTech-CALS Archive of Deliverables

  • Document Management System

  • ManTech CALS Information Repository

  • Conference Management System (Tracks, Sessions, Speakers, Presentations)

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  • CALS/IDE Project Deliverables

  • Other CALS Interest Documents

    • CODE Report

    • ODIS Report

  • Search Engine

    • Keywords

    • Meta Tags

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Document Management System

  • Web Version of Windows Explorer

  • (Folder,File) Hierarchy

  • Expandable/ Collapsible Tree of Folders/Files

  • Edit Folder/File Attributes (title, abstract, date)

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CALS/Information Services

  • Organizations

  • Initiatives/ Implementations

  • Technology Transfer

  • Repositories – Product Life Cycle

    • Acquisition

    • Engineering

    • Manufacturing

    • Logistics

    • Test & Evaluation

    • Operations

    • Support

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Conference Management System

  • Manage Tracks, Sessions, Speakers

  • Track Chairs Vote on Speakers

  • Remote Administration

  • Speaker Management (bio, contact sheet, abstract, presentation)

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DCN/ICN Customer Support

  • Core Collaboration Tools – FAQs, Guides, Knowledge Bases, Tech Support

  • Core Information Service Tools – Help Pages, Guides

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DCN/ICN Technical Support

  • Browser Detection

  • Problem Reporting Form

  • Problem Reporting Text Forum

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Summary of Future Activities

  • Sustain/Enhance Internet, Web-based Collaboration/Information Services Support for Pilot Programs

    • Performance and Security Enhancements

      • LAN Infrastructure (100 MB Cables, Switches, Hubs)

      • Public Key (SSL) for Selected Pilot Programs with Remote Administration Requirements

    • Technology Refreshment

      • Security, Content Publication and Delivery

      • Subscription/Notification Service – MS Office Service Extensions

      • Windows 2000 Server for Production Servers.

    • Enterprise Workflow Tool

    • Expanded Video Conference Server (H.323 compliant)