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ORA 2006: User's Guide
ORA | Organizational Risk Analyzer

Kathleen M. Carley, Matt DeReno

August 2006

Center for Computational Analaysis of Social and Organizational Systems
CASOS Technical Report


Keywords: Dynamic network analysis, measures, meta-matrix, organization risk

ORA is a network analysis tool that detects risks or vulnerabilities of an organization's design structure. The design structure of an organization is the relationship among its personnel, knowledge, resources, and tasks entities. These entities and relationships are represented by the Meta-Matrix. Measures that take as input a Meta-Matrix are used to analyze the structural properties of an organization for potential risk. ORA contains over 50 measures which are categorized by which type of risk they detect. Measures are also organized by input requirements and by output. ORA generates formatted reports viewable on screen or in log files, and reads and writes networks in multiple data formats to be interoperable with existing network analysis packages. In addition, it has tools for graphically visualizing Meta-Matrix data and for optimizing a network's design structure. ORA uses a Java interface for ease of use, and a C++ computational backend for ease of use. The current version ORA1.2 software is available on the CASOS website

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