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Growing authoritative content and public trust
NGA is partnering with expert private groups to grow public-facing, authoritative open source intelligence on various strategic, economic, and humanitarian intelligence topics that tend to be under-reported within in-depth or long-form formats. This authoritative open source content is created for two purposes: 1) it is cited for internal production and 2) it grows public trust by increasing transparency around shared public-private interest in various intelligence topics that are fit for public consumption. The transparency thrust aligns with revised Intelligence Community Directive 107 from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to inform the public about IC activities with specific examples.
NGA's partners maintain full editorial independence. NGA helps review how our partners create content not what they create in order to grow authoritative content. Tearline's content syndicates to several .gov and .mil channels so partners can reach new audiences. This concept builds upon on the precedent of the CIA World Factbook but pushes it beyond reference material to include original research.
Here's a legalese sample of the terms and conditions of an NGA data access deal:
- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Organization X have entered into a data access agreement. NGA will extend access to commercial and unclassified geospatial data to Organization X in return for Organization X's expertise documenting Y. This data access agreement will increase the frequency and granularity of public reporting on topic Y.
- NGA does not exercise editorial control over Organization X's content, analytic conclusions, or policy prescriptions. NGA simply supplies data and periodically reviews Organizations X's overarching methodology based on NGA's long experience with geospatial analysis.
- For example, independent fact-checking is a methodology used in journalism to reduce errors not to control story lines. In software development, a two-person code review prior to merging the code mitigates developers from "grading their own homework" not to control output. In the context of NGA's various partnerships, NGA will review Organization X's use of various structured analytic techniques such as looking for biases favoring centralized direction versus random chance to reduce errors not to control story lines.
Government Syndication Reach
High-quality original content takes times to create. Tearline is not a situational awareness platform or news aggregator. Several in-depth or long-form articles will be published each month.
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API Reference: 3rd-Party Integration
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