InterJournal Complex Systems, 2251
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [2251]
Submission Date: 20080226
Data Interoperability: A Case Study in Complex Systems Engineering
Author(s): Marlene Williamson

Subject(s): CX.6

Category: Article


The US Department of Defense (DoD) has a long history dealing with data interoperability challenges. Many solutions have been successfully implemented, but all have exhibited limitations when the scope of their application has been expanded. The introduction of the internet and the concept of Netcentric Warfare have magnified both the need for and the challenges of data interoperability. It is becoming increasingly clear that the fundamental problem is one of complexity, and this understanding has influenced recent Joint military guidance and directives. This paper will discuss the problem domain and solutions as a case study in complex systems engineering (CSE). The case study provides preliminary insights involving scale and emergence in CSE.

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