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dgOnline 5.4 - April, 2006

Welcome to the monthly newsletter for the National Science Foundation's Digital Government program. dgOnline is published by the Digital Government Research Center at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute.

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Latest dg.o 2006 Conference News:

"Integrating Information Technology and Social Science Research for Effective Government"

The 7th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research is a forum for the presentation and discussion of interdisciplinary research on digital government and its applications in diverse domains.
San Diego, California
May 21-24, 2006

Register Today!

Early Registration Ends April 10th!

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Keynote Speakers
  • Fran Berman, Director, San Diego Supercomputer Center Professor and High Performance Computing Endowed Chair, UC San Diego, will deliver a keynote address on “One Hundred Years of Data,” Monday, May 22, 2006.

  • Kim Nelson, Microsoft's E-Government Director will deliver a keynote address on "Academic and Business Partnerships to Enhance Digital Government Research," Tuesday, May 23, 2006.

  • Dr. John Phillips, Chief Scientist of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will deliver a keynote address for ISI2006 on Tuesday, May 23, 2006.
    (dg.o 2006 attendees are welcomed to attend.)
Conference Registration
  • Workshop & Tutorial Registration Deadline May 15, 2006
  • Early Registration ends April 10, 2006
  • Registration deadline for dg.o 2006 presenting authors: April 10, 2006
Call for Graduate Student Volunteers - dg.o 2006
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2006

  • BENEFITS: Graduate Student Volunteers receive FREE registration to the
                          main dg.o 2006 conference


Call for Participation for dg.o 2006 Workshops & Tutorials

What are dg.o 2006 Tutorials?
dg.o Tutorials, first introduced at dg.o 2005, are half-day presentations offering deeper insight into the scientific and government domains, research topics or methods, technologies or field experience of veteran Digital Government researchers. Learn more

Call for Participation for dg.o 2006 Tutorials - Register today!


Sunday Afternoon - May 21, 2006

  • Fighting Fear of a Bioterrorism Event with Information Technology: Real-World Examples and Opportunities
  • Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) in Digital Government
Wednesday Afternoon - May 24, 2006
  • Application of Social Network Analysis in Digital Government Research
  • User-Centric Developments in eGovernment in a Period of Fast Technological Change
  • Usage Scenarios for Information Sharing in a Data Grid

All invited tutorials will take place at dg.o 2006 on either Sunday, May 21 or Wednesday, May 24, 2006.  Tutorials without a minimum of eight registered participants will be canceled. A final assessment of registration status and cancellation decisions will be made on May 15, 2006, one week before the conference begins.

What are International Research Workshops at dg.o 2006?

dg.o 2006 International Research Workshops, first introduced at dg.o 2005, are half-day pre- and post-conference meetings for researchers starting or advancing multi-country projects. Of particular relevance are topics of interest to researchers and government officials in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.
Learn more

Call for Participation for dg.o 2006 Workshops - Register Today!


Sunday - May 21, 2006

  • Understanding eParticipation - (All Day)
  • Digital Governance and Hotspot GeoInformatics for Monitoring, Etiology, Early Warning, and Sustainable Management -(All Day)
  • Research on Public Returns to Government Investment in ICT - (Half Day)
Wednesday Afternoon - May 24, 2006
  • “eRulemaking at the Crossroads” - (Half Day)
  • Implementing Identity Management Architectures for e-Government: Challenges and Key Issues - (Half Day)
Principal Investigators Meeting
The dg.o 2006 conference also hosts the annual Principal Investigator (PI) meeting for the NSF's Digital Government research program and for those PIs in the Information Technology Research (ITR) program whose research is relevant to digital government. The luncheon meeting will held on Wednesday, May 24, 2006.


Bioterrorism and Public Health:
Insights from NCID Professional offers half day tutorial May 21st at dg.o 2006

For the DGRC

At this year’s annual Digital Government Conference to be held in San Diego, David Bray will present a tutorial entitled, “Fighting Fear of a Bioterrorism Event with Information Technology: Real-World Examples and Opportunities.” Bray served for several years as the IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he coordinated the IT aspects of BPRP’s response to 9/11, anthrax, West Nile, SARS, monkeypox, and other disease outbreaks. In 2004, he received the CDC’s Director Award for his leadership in information systems. Bray is now working towards a PhD in Information Systems in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

This half-day tutorial session on May 21, 2006 will be an in-depth discussion on the intersection of national security, public health, and information technology; specifically how information technology can be used for both bioterrorism preparedness and response. The answer isn’t as simple as merely keeping up to date with the latest hardware and software developments, says Bray. There are political, geographical and social issues that all come into play at multiple levels of government.  Learn More

GeoInformatics: Detecting "Hotspots" to Prevent Crisis Situations
Penn State, Distinguished Professor features workshop at dg.o 2006
For the DGRC

At this year’s 7th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, there will be an all-day workshop on “Digital Governance and Hotspot GeoInformatics for Monitoring, Etiology, Early Warning, and Sustainable Management.” Taking place on Sunday, May 21, 2006 in San Diego, it will be conducted by Ganapati P. Patil, Distinguished Professor and Director, Penn State Center for Statistical Ecology and Environmental Statistics.

Geoinformatics is a relatively new discipline that uses the tools of computer science to analyze large sets of geographically based data. It is especially relevant to practitioners in public health and public policy for issues ranging from persistent poverty to epidemics and the aftermath of natural disasters. It is also valuable for those in varied environmental management disciplines, from conservation to invasive species management. Additionally, it can provide critical information for security professionals for object recognition and tracking, and for potential spread of the effects of bioterror weapons. Learn more

Application of Social Network Analysis
Harvard DG researcher features tutorial at dg.o 2006
For the DGRC

, Director of the Program on Networked Governance at Harvard University, will chair a tutorial at dg.o 2006 on “Application of Social Network Analysis in Digital Government Research” Other speakers will be Ines Mergel, also of Harvard University, and Noshir Contractor of the University of Illinois.

The tutorial will be a three-hour overview, “that will inform people what you can do with social network analysis,” says Lazer.  “Our objective is not to make you a social network expert—which is impossible in 3 hours—but to familiarize people with the key ideas and methods from social network analysis.” Learn more

New DG Team Pursues eRulemaking Research:
Cornell Researchers Extend Earlier Efforts

For the DGRC

eRulemaking at the Crossroads
Univ. of Pittsburgh DG Researcher features workshop at dg.o2006

Regulators must work out the real-life details of the laws that have been passed. For those whose mandate is implementation, rather than legislation, the calculation is never as simple as counting up how many yeses vs. how many nos. Learn more


University of Koblenz-Landau Summer Academy 2006

The Summer Academy aims at giving lectures on current research topics in English. Members of the University of Koblenz-Landau will offer their courses, and an accompanying program in regional culture is scheduled.

The faculty's attractivity for foreign students and young researchers will be increased since they will get an impression of teaching and research in Germany and particularly at our university.

This is also an offer to students of our numerous partner universities to participate in student exchange.  Learn More

Call for Digital Government Society (DGS) Officer Nominations:

In the days to come, the newly forming Digital Government Society will be gathering nominations for the election of a slate of officers.

A website has been established to foster an open and transparent process. Readers of dgOnline are among the over 1,200 eligible voters in this process.

The Digital Government Society Mission statement reads:

The Digital Government Society (DGS) of North America is a multi-disciplinary organization of scholars and practitioners engaged in and committed to democratic digital government. Digital (or electronic) government fosters the use of information and technology to support and improve public policies and government operations, engage citizens, and provide comprehensive and timely government services. The DGS equips its members with a professional support network focused on both scholarship and effective practices that nurture technical, social, and organizational transformation in the public sector. The society welcomes members from all sectors, endorses diverse, multi-, and interdisciplinary research undertakings relevant to both theory and practice, and strongly encourages practitioner-researcher exchanges at local, regional, national, and international levels.

For more information, see: We hope to get a rich slate of nominees to help launch this new professional organization, so please take part.


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