Available versions: iBase,
integrates with: Analyst’s Notebook.
is a sophisticated database solution for capturing, controlling and analyzing
multi-source data in a secure environment. It provides users with an intuitive
visual format which enables to get started quickly. It also provides
straightforward access to data structured to meet the analytical needs of
individual investigations. This software product is specifically designed for
investigators and analysts and therefore incorporates a range of powerful
is highly flexible and can adapt to any intelligence gathering task. It is
designed both for single users working on a small operation-specific task and
for multi users working in a department of an organization on data collected
over a longer period. It allows to specify the information you want to collect
and how you want to store it. The data can be entered to the database both
automatically and manually.
provides a straightforward yet powerful import mechanism, enabling to retrieve
data from a multitude of sources, such as text files, OLE Compliant Data Sources
or XML files (MS Rowset Schema) and converts them to entities and links,
providing uniform standard of information. Users can import data with Import
Specifications (definitions of how iBase is
to interpret an input file and convert the input data into entities and links).
Import specifications can be easily created from the user level. Once created
and saved they can be modified or reused.
is a unique and flexible application which puts analysts in total control of the
information captured and analyzed during an investigation. This approach means
that the users don’t have to think of every eventuality at the outset, you can
adapt your database structure as your investigation progresses and your
always keeps an analyst in control of the data, no matter whether the
pre-defined database templates or user created templates are applied. Having set
the data collection requirements, iBase
automatically generates “input forms” for each of the record types enabling to
manually input information directly into the database. You can also create
datasheets to isolate different types of data on separate pages or to show
combined details for linked entities.
Example of Datasheet: The upper area of the dialog is used
for the 'main' entity, while the lower area is used for its links and /or linked
entities, depending on the current view. The dialog features tabs which reflect
is specifically designed with analysis in mind. Once you have captured your
data, a wide range of analytical and querying options are supplied to bring it
to life. These include:
allows to quickly pinpoint the particular records you wish to find;
allows to “draw” the question you wish to ask by dragging and dropping relevant
icons and links. Because the drawings are automatically translated into queries,
there is no need to learn a complex database query language;
Visual Query Definition and Results Dialogs.
allows for saving results of searching as a set of objects/links which can be
used for further analysis;
used to organize your findings into lists of records, view a number of records,
the contents of a set, or the results of a query, helping you to focus on
can be based upon the results of queries, the contents of a set, or the whole
database or selected records. They can be printed, placed on a web page, or sent
to Microsoft Word.
Full integration with Analyst’s
Notebook ensures that information can be collected and queried within
iBase and easily viewed as association and
timeline charts. You can work within Analyst’s
Notebook drawing the information from iBase
as and when you need it. This flexibility puts analysts in charge of the
analytical process by allowing them to work within the chosen environment. The
integration with Analyst’s Notebook extends
the analytical capabilities by allowing analysts to:
quickly reveal interconnections hidden within
identify critical paths through a network of
instantly view and edit the record content
within Analyst’s Notebook;
expand individual icons to view related
records, without the need to go back into the database;
use the chart as a data entry mechanism when
creating or linking iBase entities;
see how events unfold over time using the
timeline charting within Analyst’s Notebook;
use charts to present your information and
communicate your findings.
provides individual feature control and data access security features. You can
configure the user interface to suit different members of staff by removing
unnecessary options; thereby reducing training time and improving productivity.
You can group users’ saved work, such as query definitions,
into public and private areas, which enables to organize and structure the work
within appropriate project folders.
The software also enables you to publish queries and groups
of data to assist communication and share best practice. Sophisticated data
access security means that you can restrict access to sensitive data, making it
read-only or removing access altogether.
uses Microsoft Jet database engine. For increased levels of access and greater
storage capacity, iBase
SSE (SQL Server Edition) that uses
Microsoft’s SQL Server is available. With an advanced audit function to track
all database activity and the capability to build larger scale database
solutions, iBase SSE provides a unique
multi-user analytical environment.
There are two parts to iBase,
a user module, called iBase User and a
designer module, called iBase Designer.
Designers are responsible for designing databases and setting up the properties
of entities and links and for configuring security etc. - these tasks are
referred to as administrative tasks. Users can use databases, add or import
records, and manipulate or analyze the data.
The roles of Designers and Users can be summarized as
Create new databases - includes creating all
the required entity and link types.
Update databases - adding new entity and link
types as requirements arise.
Configure databases - setting up code lists,
labeling schemes and all the other things that affect how the database is used.
Administer the database - for example: adding
users, setting security, deleting old records, and backing-up the data.
Add, modify and delete records.
Create sets and queries.
Analyze the data using a variety of tools.
Create reports or charts based upon the data.