EXPRESSION MODIFIES EPIC TOOL TO SUPPORT G-4 JUSTIFICATION OF PROGRAMMING, POLICY DECISIONS AND TRANSPORTATION DEPLOYMENT EFFORTS

Washington DC, September 3, 2014 – The U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA) is the field operating agency of the G-4 of the Army. LIA supports the G-4 by researching and evaluating existing and emerging logistics processes, developing and testing new initiatives, and developing recommendations for improving current logistics capabilities. In this capacity, LIA monitors and recommends revisions to Army policies affected by the introduction of new technologies, business procedures and practices. Expression Networks modified the database of their EPIC database tool to meet LIA’s requirements.

EPIC is an enterprise policy and process search and categorization tool for Army and Joint DoD policy, doctrine and manuals. The system is built on current web standards, making it available through any web browser. EPIC consumes policy documents in XML, PDF, MS Word and text formats, then chunks the documents and indexes the chunks for searching by end users. Chunks are defined as the smallest unit of policy, which forms a complete concept or thought, usually occurring at the paragraph level.

Expressions modified EPIC’s database, which stored metadata including Dublin Core elements for each document, to provide Sentiment Analysis ability, addition of synonyms for key words and phrases, and provided the ability to allow users to enter a word, phrase, or part of a word and have the software provide a list of the documents containing the entry. Additionally, Expressions provided the ability to allow user to “filter” the query using words or phrases that narrow the search parameters to more specific terms.

Expression identified means to ensure that the system could be supported over its lifetime in a cost effective manner, which included a highly modular design and deployment on commodity hardware and software. We also provided Program and Administrative Management throughout to ensure that the task order was effectively and efficiently managed.