Introduction to open source information

In today's world defined by digital civilization, open source information has become a fundamental, strategic raw material, valued as a valuable asset in addition to intellectual input. Open-source information itself has also become an element of information warfare, the current global pattern of scrambling for dominance over adversaries, achieving certain strategic objectives, and dominance in the security environment.

The function of open source information

The following special features of information may lead to a better understanding of the concept itself:

·Descriptive function - describe reality, reflect its image;

·Decision-making function - is the motivation for action;

·Guidance function - establish a computer system, knowledge base, and become the core of planning and making the best rational decision;

·Step-by-step function-developing knowledge;

·Capital building function - making you dependent on financial resources, facilities, people and their knowledge;

·Cultural construction function - to meet people's spiritual needs;

·Communicative function-enabling it to participate in social life;

·Fusion function - to promote the development of interpersonal relationships;

·Ideological function-to cultivate the awareness of society to participate in the public life of the country;

·Public opinion shaping function-shaping opinion, public opinion on a specific topic;

·Information function--provide the necessary knowledge to make the analysis work more effective;

·Coordinating function - organizing and coordinating parallel actions;

·Monitoring function - verify and evaluate the quality and consistency of data and its functionality against established security rules.

The quality of open source information

From the above, one can assume that information is actually a commodity, a human-made artifact with its price and recipients. It is an integral part of human knowledge and is a key factor to be considered in decision-making and organizational processes at the production stage. Hence, it helps to create specific analytical products. In order for this product to have the greatest possible value, the information should have the following qualities to the greatest extent possible:

·Precise - accurate and reliable reflection of reality;

·Updates – provided to decision makers as needed to enable them to act accordingly and when they justify action;

·Complete - it provides the decision-maker with all the required facts and details, giving a complete picture of the situation without any distortion;

·Importance - useful for decision makers pursuing specific requirements that arise under specific conditions.

In general, open source information is basically intelligence.