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 will be cited for internal purposes and it will grow public trust by increasing transparency around shared public-private interest in various intelligence topics that are fit for public consumption. This effort aligns with revised Intelligence Community Directive 107 from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to strive for greater transparency and inform the public about IC activities.
NGA's partners will maintain full editorial independence. NGA will help review how our partners create content not what they create in order to grow authoritative content. Tearline's content will be syndicated to several .gov and .mil channels. 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.
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API Reference: 3rd-Party Integration
Government Syndication Reach
Tearline Public Reader Apps
The web browser version will respond well on any modern smartphone or tablet. Native apps are also available in the Apple Store and Google Play. The functionality of the app is parred down slightly from the web version. Search for "Tearline."
If you have any questions or you would like to help produce authoritative content, please reach out.