Intelligence and Analysis School

Palantir Gotham Advanced Users Training Course


The Advanced User Course is designed to build on the Basic Palantir training and is intended for those analysts or managers that need the additional understanding of the Palantir Gotham backend functionality. This will significantly enhance an analyst’s capabilities to maximize the resources, data and tools at their disposal to achieve organisational outcomes. The course requires no technical experience (other than having used the Palantir platform) and although some technical elements are covered, this is to provide context for the user to maximise Palantir potential.

Note that this Advanced Course does not require the trainee to have attended the Analysts User Course previously. If you want the additional knowledge delivered in this course then you can move directly from the Basic Course to this Advanced Course. Courses are run in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Where course dates have been identified they are shown below. To register for the course, email

Australia Course Dates

  • To be confirmed


This course will teach the student:

  • A practical understanding of Palantir’s ‘Back end’
  • The principles of CBAC (Classification Based Access Control)
  • Palantir server architecture
  • How to create, edit and manage ontologies
  • Cleaning and importing structured data
  • How to use the PEM (Palantir Enterprise Manager)
  • How to conduct advance analysis
  • Palantir’s other capabilities

The course will significantly enhance the student’s capabilities to maximise the resources, data and tools at their disposal to achieve organisational requirements.

Intended Audience

  • Analysts and Team Leaders working on Palantir
  • Information Managers who work with Palantir
  • Developers who require an in-depth knowledge of the user experience
  • Analysts working with innovative/non-conventional datasets

Level – Students would be expected to be familiar with the Palantir platform and be able to conduct basic workflows.

Language – The course will be delivered in English.

Delivery Style – Instructor led theory (~10%), Instructor led practical sessions (~25%), Classroom discussion (~10%), Consolidation exercises (~30%), Student-led project work (~25%)

Duration – 10 Days (Times 08-30 – 12-30 / 13-30 – 17-30)

Location – The Intelligence & Analysis School, IMSL, Walsingham House, Shrivenham. SN6 8TZ. UK. (Alternative locations by arrangement), Palantir Technologies, 71 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra ACT2601. Australia

Module 1 – ‘The Back End’

  • Introduction to / revision of the Palantir Object Model
  • A user’s introduction to the Palantir Server Architecture
  • An explanation of Nexus Peering, Palantir Forward, Quickstart and other ways of extending the utility of Palantir
  • A practical guide to using the Palantir Enterprise Manager
  • Classification Based Access Controls (CBAC)
  • New developments in Palantir

Module 2 – Ontologies & Importing Data

  • How to create and edit ontologies
  • Ontology management.
  • Merging ontologies
  • Different approaches to modelling data
  • Practical experience implementing ontologies for new datasets or workflows
  • Pre-import data cleaning
  • Working with PIM files
  • Making internal and external resolution work with your data

Module 3 – Managing Palantir

  • Developing new and innovative workflows in Palantir
  • The role of the Information Manager (IM)
  • Using Palantir stats to get the best out of your analysts
  • How to identify and address the root causes of poor quality data
  • Managing users, groups and permissions in Palantir
  • Bulk changes to entity types and property types (retrospectively cleaning data

Module 4 – Advanced Analysis and Bolt-on Capabilities

  • A broad spectrum of non-standard helpers
  • Telecoms analysis workflows
  • Social Media (OSINT) workflows
  • Objective measures for Network Analysis
  • Cyber related workflows
  • Conducting Pattern of Life studies
  • Building Custom ‘Search-Arounds’
  • Working with map layers and the derive function
  • Getting the most out of Object Explorer


Any requirements for overnight accomodation are the responsibility of the trainee.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks are provided throughout all training courses.

Public Transport: By rail to Swindon Station + local taxi.