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dgOnline 1.5 - December, 2002

Welcome to the monthly newsletter for the National Science Foundation's Digital Government program.
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dg.o2003 Issues Call for Papers and Proposals
The 2003 National Conference for Digital Government Research has issued its Call for Papers and Proposals. Details on themes, deadlines, formatting and informational contacts may be found in the Call for Papers and Proposals:

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Bridging the Data Gap
Scientists at the Digital Government Research Center are using metadata, machine translation and database mapping to find ways of connecting citizens with valuable government data locked up inside vast, complex and heterogeneous databases.

dg.o Conference Proceedings Now Online
The papers and presentations from all three years of the National Conference on Digital Government Research are now available at the Digital Government Web site. You may download and read them here:

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Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service

January 13, 2003:
Biological Databases and Informatics

Information Technology Research

December 31, 2002:
Alan T. Waterman Award

January 31, 2003:
Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

See the dg.o Calenar for other grant program deadlines and events of interest to the digital government community:


How dramatically will technology change research universities? A new National Academies report, "Preparing for the Revolution: Information Technology and the Future of the Research University," examines this issue and how university officials should prepare.

Just building more roads, airports, ports and railroads will not eliminate bottlenecks in the nation's freight transportation system, especially because construction projects will become more difficult and expensive in the future, says a new report from the National Academies' Transportation Research Board. Instead, government agencies should make better use of the existing transportation infrastructure and identify and fund new construction projects with the biggest payoffs. The federal government should develop a comprehensive national policy to promote better freight system management and spending decisions.

Last year's terrorist attack on the World Trade Center exposed the Internet's possible vulnerabilities, says a new report from the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. Although overall damage to the Internet was minimal, the destruction of communications equipment and networks during the building's collapse point to the need for Internet service providers and users to develop better emergency plans in coordination with local authorities, including a means of restoring service remotely in case of electrical power failure (audio available, requires free RealPlayer).

Computerizing health information and records, expanding access to health insurance, and reforming medical liability regulations are among the goals of demonstration projects outlined in a new Institute of Medicine report. The Institute developed the projects to test new strategies for solving critical health care problems at the request of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

The National Academies' Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology has established a new Web site for the Committee on Emerging Issues and Data on Environmental Contaminants. The new site features more information about the committee's upcoming public meetings, a periodic newsletter and links to organizations that are involved in related issues.

The number of Americans without health insurance is on the rise. How bad is the problem expected to get? Find out what Emory University's Arthur Kellerman has to say in a new article from the National Academies Op-Ed Service.


Scientific Computing Research Environments for the Mathematical Sciences (SCREMS) [nsf03504]

Engineering Sciences for Modeling, Simulation, Decision-Making and Emerging Technologies [nsf03505]


The Internet Under Crisis Conditions: Learning from September 11

Freight Capacity for the 21st Century -- Special Report 271

Scientific Data for Decision Making Toward Sustainable Development: Senegal River Basin Case Study -- Summary of a Workshop

Improving the Design of the Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT)

Terrorism: Perspectives from the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Deadly Lessons: Understanding Lethal School Violence

Preparing for the Revolution: Information Technology and the Future of the Research University

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