Action Plan & Activities

EUROSINT FORUM is being set up to create a European "intelligence ecology": provoking thought on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and its use in the intelligence and security spheres by public and private organizations.

EUROSINT FORUM therefore seeks to:

Stimulate the growth and integration of a European industry that so it becomes the global leader in offering methodologies and technologies in OSINT;

Ensure that the public and private sectors in Europe, are aware of OSINT methodologies and technologies;

Provide a conversation and knowledge sharing space for Institutions, Governments, Academia and Corporations to develop jointly the necessary methodologies and technologies.


Activities

 

To date, the activities of the EUROSINT FORUM have included:

1.       Conferences:

•    17-18 April 2007 Annual Conference (supported by Cabinet Frattini and DG JLS); “What Does Open Source Intelligence Mean for Those Handling State Security?”. Over 100 attendees: international organisations, Commission and European agencies/Institutions, Member States agencies, private corporations.

•    20 September 2006: Launch event in Brussels (Supported by DG JLS); Over 60 attendees: international organisations, Commission and European agencies/Institutions, Member States agencies, corporations

 

2.    Workgroups, regrouping between 20 and 50 people each time;

1.    4-5 April 2013 – Madrid - Workshop organised in the Framework of the RECOBIA project. Fifteen intelligence professionals working for European institutions and national agencies took part in the seminar. During this workshop, participants were notably invited to discuss, debate, and comment on the different "Key intelligence tasks" identified by the consortium. These 'Key intelligence tasks" are linked with cognitive tasks likely to trigger cognitive biases.

2.    22-23 September 2012- Brussels - Workshop organised in the Framework of the RECOBIA project. More than twenty intelligence professionals working for European organizations and national agencies attended the seminar. The workshop was divided into three parts: identification of the relevant intelligence activities impacted by cognitive biases; classification of the cognitive biases; presentation of a methodology for a cross-analysis of intelligence activities and cognitive biases.

3.    10-11 May 2012 – Brussels – Workshop organised in the Framework of the RECOBIA project on management of cognitive biases in intelligence analysis. The objective of this first meeting was to share experiences and best practices with intelligence analysts regarding the management of cognitive biases impacting intelligence analysis.
The workshop was divided into 2 parts : deconstruction of the intelligence cycle and a first introduction to cognitive biases. 
Seventeen analysts coming from intelligence agencies and administrations in Member States and in European institutions attended the workshop

4.    13-14 October 2011 – Paris, Ecole Militaire – Best Practices working group: “Models and approaches towards risk analysis”. 25 participants stemming from national agencies and EU institutions attended this workshop.

5.    15 -16 September 2011 – London, Imperial College – Technological Gaps working group: “An outlook on European Security”. 25 participants stemming from national agencies, European institution, and private sector attended this workshop.

6.    5 May 2011 – Brussels Royal Military School –Best Practices working group: “Futures, forecasting, and Horizon scanning”. 30 participants attended this workshop.

7.    24-25 March 2011 – Vienna MoD – Working group on technological Gaps: “Rich Media Processing (image, video, & audio). 25 participants attended this workshop. A speed dating session was also organised.

8.    4 June 2010 - Brussels - Working group on EU technological OSINT solutions and project. 

9.    31 May 2010 - Dublin - Open Source Intelligence Event

10. 18 February 2010 - Brussels: Working Group: Best Practices in OSINT Training. Developing a "best-practice" training syllabus for intelligence analysis

11. 3-4 September 2009 - Vienna: Working group "Technological Gaps and Training & Best Practices". "An Interactive Journey into the Future of OSINT"

12. 30 July 2009 - Brussels: Brainstorming on FP7 CALL 3. The purpose of this brainstorming was to discuss together on potential projects that could be submitted under this call and initiate consortia

13. 20 March 2009 - Brussels: Expert workshop on Violent Radicalisation - Presentation of the first results of a EU-funded project, CRIME (Containing Radicalisation in Modern Europe)

14. 20 February 2009 - Brussels: Speed Dating "New technologies in security sector

15. 23 January 2009 – Brussels: Best Practises WG - "Defining the Training Needs of Intelligence Analysts: The Process of Effective Intelligence Analysis"

16. 15 April 2008 – Brussels: Best Practises WG -  “Training” - To present the findings of the past year regarding best practices in open source intelligence training. To identify gaps to be filled.

17. 14 April 2008 – Brussels: Best Practises WG -  "OSINT & EU operations". How can OSINT enhance co-operation, information sharing and interoperability between different actors (Member States, EU Institutions, other organisations) involved in civil and military EU operations? (Supported by DG RELEX)

18. 24 January 2008 – Brussels: meeting of the “government only working group” of the EUROSINT FORUM. With the official opening of the Hungarian State Secretary, Dr. Marta Fekszi, Horvathne and  chaired by Ambassador János Budai, of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is also the initiator of the associated OSINT Budapest Club.

19. 19 December 2007: Brussels: OSINT Speed Dating (Supported by DG JLS). The Technological Gaps Working Group has organised a session to allow providers of technology and open source intelligence to display their products and services to potential customers and each other in a “speed dating format” (rapid overview of each, allowing later time to go back and talk in more detail).

20. 20-21 September 2007: Best Practices WG - Zürich, Switzerland (Supported by ISN). Key subjects discussed: Get the input of OSINT experts from across Europe and further afield on the draft syllabus prepared by working group members. Based on their input, reappraise the syllabus and further define areas for discussion and improvement.

21. 3-4 July 2007: Triple pack: Violent Radicalisation workshop, Training Providers meeting, and Metadata Formats Session. The EUROSINT FORUM is organising a “triple pack” of activities in Brussels that are intended to be short, small and highly interactive meetings, which are focused on delivering concrete results.

22. 5 February 2007 - Vienna: Technological Gaps WG: Establishing a complete end-to-end OSINF collection process (Supported by Action against Terrorism Unit - OSCE)

23. 18 January 2007 - Brussels: Best Practices WG - Establishing a European OSINT School (Supported by DG RELEX)

24. 15 December 2006 - Brussels: Technological Gaps WG - DG JLS’ Detection Green Paper (Supported by DG JLS)

(More info in "Upcoming Events" )

 

Plans moving forward

The general objective of the EUROSINT FORUM is to continue and extend its activities in order to promote the emergence of a European policy in Intelligence, based on the use of OSINT.

·      Involvement in FP7-funded projects

EUROSINT has supported the VIRTUOSO project (2010-2013)

The VIRTUOSO project aimed to provide security authorities with an advanced integrated toolkit, developed around open source architecture, in order to exploit open source information. The objective of the VIRTUOSO was to develop a IT middleware platform, which would allow end user organizations to tailor their IT system to their specific needs.  A demonstrator was presented in order to exhibit the versatility, adaptability and applicability of the platform by integrating different IT components, open source and proprietary, coming from the consortium partners. 

EUROSINT is a partner of the RECOBIA project (2012-2015)

The objective of the RECOBIA project is to improve the quality of intelligence analysis by reducing the negative impact of cognitive biases upon intelligence analysis. To this end, the 10 partners of the consortium will make an assessment of cognitive biases and assess how these biases affect the practice of intelligence analysis. Building on this initial assessment, best practices to reduce the negative impact of cognitive biases will be defined, likely to be found in the domains of software tools, training of analysts and organisational issues.

·      Dissemination activities in to promote EUROSINT FORUM

o   20 June 2013:  VIRTUOSO Trade Fair event (Madrid). The EUROSINT Forum was presented during this event attended by 50 participants stemming from private sector companies, national agencies and European institutions.

o   23 May 2013: NATO OSINT Group (Brussels). The EUROSINT Forum was presented during this event attended by about 20 participants stemming from Allied countries.

o   19-21 September 2011: Security Research Conference (Warsaw). The EUROSINT Forum was presented during this event attended by about 300 participants stemming from the European Security sector.

o   2 -3 June 2009: 2009 Arts National Conference (Bucharest). The EUROSINTT Forum was presented during this event.

o   20 May 2009: International Security Forum (Geneva). The EUROSINT Forum was presented during this event focusing on conflict management and prevention.

o   14 May 2008: 2nd Economic Intelligence Forum (Abu Dhabi). Gari Owen, President of the EUROSINT FORUM, was a key speaker at this conference and presented to objectives of the EUROSINT Forum.