dg.o seeks to promote National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored emergent information technologies by creating research partnerships between academic researchers, government agencies, and the private sector.
Government agencies affiliated with dg.o, known as the "Digital Government Consortium", partner with NSF research performers and the private sector to leverage information technology research and financial resources to help build the Digital Government of the 21st Century.
The Digital Government Consortium enjoys formal partnerships with several academic institutions and other organizations representing a cross-section of information technologies interests and areas of expertise. These partners include:
|Digital Government Consortium Partners
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through programs that invest over $3.3 billion per year in almost 20,000 research and education projects in science and engineering. Within NSF, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering has three goals:
1. To enable the U.S. to uphold a position of world leadership in computing, communications, and information science and engineering;
2. To promote understanding of the principles and uses of advanced computing, communications and information systems in service to society; and
3. To contribute to universal, transparent and affordable participation in an information-based society.
Digital Government Research Program
The goal of the NSF Digital Government Research Program is to build a research domain of problems that intersect traditional NSF Computer/Information Science research communities with mid- to long-term research, development, and experimental deployment needs of the Federal information service communities. The Program supports research projects that innovatively, effectively, and broadly address potential improvement of agency, interagency, and intergovernmental operations and/or government/citizen interaction. Such projects would require a deep engagement and partnership by one or more Federal agencies with the research community, primarily but not solely from universities. Potential projects might include testbeds or pilots, planning or feasibility studies, workshops, and human resource development activities. The annual budget for the NSF portion of the program is about $5M; leverage from other Federal agencies, both in-kind and cost-sharing, is sought.
National Computational Science Alliance
NCSA is a partnership to prototype an advanced computational infrastructure for the 21st century and includes more than 50 academic, government and industry research partners from across the United States. The Alliance is one of two partnerships funded by the National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI) program, and receives cost-sharing at partner institutions. NSF also supports the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), led by the San Diego Supercomputer Center.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications is the leading-edge site for the National Computational Science Alliance. NCSA is a leader in the development and deployment of cutting-edge high-performance computing, networking, and information technologies. The National Science Foundation, the State of Illinois, the University of Illinois, industrial partners, and other Federal agencies fund NCSA.
National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure
NPACI’s outstanding team of nationally distinguished computer and computational scientists is overseeing the formation of a coherent, researcher-focused national computational infrastructure. These activities are further coordinated with the National Computational Science Alliance, the other PACI partnership led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Originally, NPACI comprised 37 partner institutions, including SDSC. This number has increased to 46 through the initiation of new projects and migration of project leaders to new institutions. Such evolution is guided by annual review of all NPACI projects. Partners are categorized by the nature of their involvement. SDSC (the leading-edge site), compute resource partners, data resource partners, development and education partners, associate partners, and international affiliates. SDSC and the resource partners are also involved in other development and education activities.
Digital Government Research Center
DGRC is the USC/ISI and Columbia University Digital Government Research Center.
DGRC brings together a strong team of researchers and developers with interests and experience in databases, human-computer interaction, knowledge representation, data mining, and other areas of computer science and information systems. The center's mission is research in the design and development of advanced information systems with capabilities for generating, sharing and interacting with knowledge in a networked environment. Participants are drawn from Columbia University's Department of Computer Science, from the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute. Technical assistance is provided by experts from several Federal government agencies.
The Federal Information Services and Applications Council
The Federal Information Services and Applications Council (FISAC) of the Computing, Information, and Communications Research and Development (CIC R&D) Subcommittee stimulates and fosters the migration of technology from the information technologies R&D community to government application missions and information services communities and identifies challenges from applications to the information technologies R & D community.