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NSF plays matchmaker for e-gov


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A new partnership between the National Science Foundation and academic computer science researchers aims to improve online government services by bridging gaps in research at federal, state and local agencies.

The partnership — a virtual organization known as dg.o (DigitalGovernment.Org) — builds an umbrella to keep dialogue on digital government active and avoid duplication of efforts, according to Larry Brandt, NSF’s program manager for digital government. The dg.o consortium expands on the existing Digital Government program led by NSF by helping academic researchers find the right people in government.

"We’re going to try to build a sort of dating service online," Brandt said. He said he also hopes dg.o will help bring together government agencies that wouldn’t normally work together.

The partnership was announced this week at the dg.o 2000 workshop hosted by the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute and Columbia University Digital Government Research Center. The workshop in Los Angeles highlighted NSF-funded research to enhance digital government.

Research areas will focus on information and data management, compiler technologies, digital libraries, wireless technologies, human and computer interfaces, computational modeling, and spatial data manipulation.



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