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Palantir as a Program Management Platform: Examining Hurricane Katrina Acquisition Spending Data

Hurricane Katrina caused 1,833 deaths and $108 billion in damage, making it the deadliest and costliest hurricane in American history. When a collection of federal, state, and local agencies converged to respond to the crisis, they found they lacked analytic tools capable of tracking and responding to the dramatic volume and scope of relief needs [...]

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OSINT Analysis of Sudan and South Sudan

Less than four months ago, the Southern portion of Sudan seceded and formed South Sudan, only the 5th country to be created this century. In this session, we will demonstrate how Palantir can draw from a plethora of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) data sources (including academic research, blogs, news media, NGO reports and United Nations [...]

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Biometric Analysis in Palantir

Discover how analysts supporting the II Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan’s Regional Command-Southwest are utilizing Palantir to analyze massive amounts of forensic and biometric data. Palantir’s dynamic ontology along with intuitive front-end import and search around features allow analysts to quickly find connections in massive amounts of data. NOTE: All data is notional, and for [...]

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The Palantir Workspace in Your Local Language

Awhile back we shared some screenshots of the Elvish Palantir Workspace. We’d like to give an update on our progress with real-world languages. Our internationalization work has enabled us to support menus, text, and buttons in any language, including complex languages such as Arabic and Dari. Also, multiple Palantir Workspace clients configured in different languages [...]

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How Palantir Aided the Investigators of “The Pearl Project: The Truth Left Behind”

The Center for Public Integrity (CPI), in conjunction with Georgetown University, just completed a three and a half year project identifying the intricate network of co-conspirators in the kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Palantir provided its software platform to the investigators to support analysis of the data and help identify [...]

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VAST 2010 Challenge

Palantir participated in the IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) 2010 Challenge in June, and we were pleased to win a Grand Challenge Award for the third year in a row. This year, the VAST Challenge scenario revolved around an international arms dealing network that inadvertently causes the spread of a viral outbreak. In [...]

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GovCon 6 session videos are now online

Thanks to everyone who attended our 6th Government Conference. For those of you who weren’t able to join us, we’re happy to announce that videos of the day’s presentations are now available online: Our next Government Conference will be in the fall of 2011. We’ll share more details on that in the coming months.

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Maoism in India

The Naxalite-Maoist insurgency is an ongoing conflict between Maoist groups, known as Naxalites or Naxals, and the Indian government. The insurgency started as a peasant rebellion in the eastern Indian village of Naxalbari in 1967 and has currently spread to a large swath in the central and eastern parts of the country referred to as [...]

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Analyzing Baseball With Palantir

In 2007, specialized cameras were installed in every Major League Baseball stadium across the United States. These cameras capture an extensive amount of data for every pitch thrown. This data set is called PITCHf/x. Brian Bannister, after a demotion to the minor leagues, took this data and through analysis was able to adjust his pitching [...]

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Afghanistan Mineral Resources

In 2007, the United States Geological Survey published an assessment of the non-fuel mineral resources of Afghanistan, along with a supporting GIS database. This open-file report updated and greatly expanded upon previous such reports, such as this one from 2002. We imported both the 2002 and the 2007 U.S.G.S. data into Palantir, integrating it with [...]

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