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dgOnline 2.5 - October, 2003

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

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Latest Program News:

DG Puts Eyes on a Crumbling Coastline
Ohio State University researchers are collaborating with the state's natural resource department, parsing erosion data to predict the future shape of the Great Lakes' volatile coastlines.

DG Researchers Encode the Shipping Lanes
A joint U.S. Coast Guard / Arizona State AI Lab project is developing a common language to smooth traffic for myriad vessels plying the world's waterways.

New DG Program Announcement in the Works
NSF/CISE regroups, putting Digital Government into the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems. A new DG program announcement is expected in November.

Marchionini Earns JASIST's Best Paper Award
DG researcher Gary Marchionini of the University of North Carolina takes 2002's top honors for his work on Web interface evolution at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

SSCORE Invites Papers on Voting Technology
Social Science Computing Review puts out a call for papers for a special issue on voting, elections & technology


Brown Survey Rates Major Cities' e-Government Sites
Brown University releases its annual survey of metropolitan e-government usability

NSF Awards Extend Middleware Development Efforts in Testing, Portals and Instrumentation
$9 million in grants to the National Middleware Initiative further the National Science Foundation's goals of building shared tools for the cyberinfrastructure.

DG Project Gives Teeth to Forensics Field
Researchers from West Virginia University, Michigan State University and the University of Miami devise an automatic system for matching dental records.

Liberty Bell Web Portal Unites History and Technology
NSF and NPS have created a new web portal to feature the history and technology surrounding the Liberty Bell's journey to its new home this month.

NSF Announces Three Awards to Extend the Reach of Terascale Facility
The NSF has awarded $10 million to Indiana and Purdue universities, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and The University of Texas to enhance the capabilities of NSFs Extensible Terascale Facility (ETF)

OMB Issues Policies on Systems, Web Privacy
(From Government Computer News)

Verisign Says ICANN is Stifling Net's Progress
(From Government Computer News)

ICANN to Verisign: Stop It
(From Government Computer News)


Researchers, sponsors and administrators are invited to participate in plenary discussions and poster sessions on effective practices for facilitating interdisciplinary research. Keynote speakers include the National Science Foundation's Rita Colwell, the Department of Energy's Raymond Orbach and the National Institutes of Health's Lawrence Tabak. The two-day event begins on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 in the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. N.W., Washington, D.C. The pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 15.

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