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dgOnline 5.3 - March, 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!

Book your Hotel
Reservations Now!

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.)
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.




I wanted to let you know in case you were preparing a proposal with the
expectation of submitting it in the coming Spring. In FY05 you were able
to submit your Digital Government proposals to the IIS Division- wide call for
proposals in April. This call has now been archive - please see:

If you go to this URL, you'll see the following notice:

Public Comment: NSF is not accepting proposals under the Information and
Intelligent Systems solicitation, NSF 05-551 in 2006 or future years. A new
solicitation is currently under development that will clarify and better define the
mapping of our program areas to the IIS organizational structure. We expect the
new solicitation will have Fall 2006 deadline dates.

The new solicitation will be posted at least 90 days prior to the deadline dates.

We had originally expected to accept FY06 IIS proposals
in about the same timeframe as in 05 - i.e. April-May 2006.
As you can see, though, this is now pushed out about 6 months.


Lawrence E. Brandt, Program Director
Digital Government Program
Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), Suite 1125
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington VA 22230

Phone: 703-292-8930
Fax: 703-292-9073


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.

For our own students the objective is intercultural experience: learning to study in a foreign-language environment. The Summer Academy is also designed as an incentive to take courses at a university abroad.

The research groups of the department do not only cover a wide area of computer science. The research competence of some groups includes also business & administration and information management. For students, this wide spectrum of research topics allows for a number of attractive options. Beside computer science, they may specialize in computational visualistics, information systems or information management. At the same time, the department is capable of analysing the development and economic deployment of information technology from various, synergetic perspectives. All research groups of the department combine the effort towards a theoretical foundation of their work with a pronounced orientation towards practical problems.

For the professors and lecturers of the department, teaching and attending students is of pivotal importance. Their doors are always open for students. Usually, teaching is done in a highly interactive mode. An increasing number of lectures are taught in English. In addition to that, many students participate in research projects, which gives them direct access to relevant research topics and results.

Information about the research groups is accessible via the List of Institutes.

SEE: University of Koblenz-Landau Summer Academy 2006



DG Society and Int'l Digital/Electronic Government Society Approved!

Constitution for North American digital government society and international digital/electronic government society approved by wide margin!

Many people with an interest in digital government research have been working steadily at least since the 2005 dg.o conference to create a scientific society that will give an organized voice to digital government researchers throughout the world.

I'm very pleased to announce that our recent vote on the constitutions of the North American society and international society resulted in overwhelming approval of both.

The constitutions were drafted by the Constitution Creation Committee, which included Eduard Hovy of DGRC and USC/ISI, Stuart Shulman of the University of Pittsburgh, and Theresa Pardo of CTG and the University at Albany, with input from the community.? You may find the text of the approved constitutions at:

Overall, we had 90 voters participate from throughout the world.? The system was open for voting from Feb 14 to March 13, 2006.? The process was administered by Jochen Scholl of the University of Washington.

Voters could only vote "yes" or "no".? However, they were allowed to attach comments to their votes.? Several voters noted in their comments their intention to abstain.? After reviewing voters' comments for their expressed intent to abstain from a yes or no vote, the final results as reported by Jochen Scholl are:

North American Digital Government Society Constitution:
Yes: 79, Abstentions: 7; No: 4

Global/International Digital/Electronic Government Society Constitution:
Yes: 88; Abstentions: 1; No: 1

The next stage for the North American society will be to organize the elections of its officers.? These include:
- President
- Treasurer
- Secretary
- President-Elect
- Board Members (3)

An Election Committee, consisting of the Constitution Committee plus Jochen Scholl, was formed at the dg.o 2005 conference.? They will soon publish a call for nominations, which will be followed by a vote.?

Remember that people from any part of the world may join, vote, and be elected to office in the North American society.? We encourage anyone who is interested in participating in North American digital government activities to join!

The abovementioned vote accepted a draft constitution for a global/international society as well.? This society can, of course, only be finalized only after at least two regional societies have been formed and have nominated members to the global/international society board.? We are thus waiting for regional societies in Europe, Asia, and other areas to be formed before proceeding with the international organization.



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