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dgOnline 4.9 - November, 2005
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Latest dg.o2006 Conference News:
2nd Call for Participation - Dg.o2006
"Integrating Information Technology and
Social Science Research for Effective Government”
San Diego, California, May 21-24, 2006
Submission deadline is December 5, 2005
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. Interested participants are
invited to submit
research papers, system demonstrations, posters, and proposals
for tutorials and workshops for dg.o2006. Learn
for Participation - dg.o2006
Tutorials and International Research Workshops
Interested participants are invited to submit research papers, system demonstrations,
posters, and proposals for tutorials and workshops for dg.o2006 Learn
What are dg.o2006 Tutorials?
Tutorial submission deadline is January 24, 2006
Dg.o Tutorials, first introduced at dg.o2005, 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
NEWS OF INTEREST:
DG Research Helps Predict Urban Growth
Computer simulation may also help with disaster and re-building scenarios
By Karen Heyman
Borning says you can think of UrbanSim as "SimCity: Professional Edition." In several ways, it is like the popular computer game, although he confesses, without Godzilla. But what it lacks in city-squashing monsters, it makes up for in a sophisticated ability to model potential growth scenarios decades into the future, with real cost numbers. Unlike the game, where changing one key variable, like raising taxes, can cause the Sim-citizens to revolt, UrbanSim looks at the complicated interplay of realistic decisions based on data from local and regional government agencies including transportation networks, census data, parcel ownership data, employment data, economic data, and environmental data, including buildable versus non-buildable land. Learn
A Special NSF Report: Understanding Disasters
Without a comprehensive understanding of disasters, it is
impossible to prepare for them. Knowledge is critical, whether for determining
how weather systems develop, estimating the path of volcanic debris, recognizing
triggers before a ground-shaking seismic event, or even gauging how an individuals
decisions from a utility employee to a public official can put entire communities
at risk. Learn
Initiates Comprehensive Strategic Planning Process
NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Council has initiated a comprehensive
strategic planning process to guide the agency's investments in cyberinfrastructure
- the IT-based infrastructure increasingly essential to progress in science
and engineering. The agency’s plans are being developed in a document
entitled NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery.
NSF invites community
comments on the current draft of this document, which is available at
Comments should be provided
via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future drafts of the document will be released as the agency’s plans
are shaped by community input, and as new chapters are developed.
NSF plans to release the first complete version of this living document
in the Spring of 2006."
The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and
Engineering(CISE) is planning an Initiative called Global Environment
forNetworking Investigations or GENI to explore new networking capabilities
that will advance science and stimulate innovation and economic growth.
The GENI Initiative responds to an urgent and important challenge of the
21st Century to advance significantly the capabilities provided by networking
and distributed system architectures. Learn
Announces Small Grants for Exploratory Research
In light of the recent
hurricane Katrina, the Human and Social Dynamics priority area (HSD) announces
that it will accept Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER) proposals.
(For additional information about SGER proposals, see the Grant
Proposal Guide, Section II.D.1.)
Researchers interested in submitting SGER proposals to HSD should contact
one of the following Program Directors, PRIOR TO SUBMISSION, to discuss
News Beyond dg.o:
Small, Unmanned Aircraft Search for Survivors in Katrina
Communications Networks Fail Disaster Area Residents
Technology to assist with the NO disaster: A Disaster Map 'Wiki' Is Born
LA. homeland chief pushes new communications system
First Responders' As First Priority
U.S. Lacks Unified Emergency Radio System
Crisis Communications Network Criticized FCC Chairman Urges More Mobile,
Rugged System as Firms Prepare for Rita
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