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NSF Press Release


NSF PR 02-43 - May 16, 2002

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Peter West

(703) 292-8070

"Ramping Up" to Digital Government
Meeting to showcase how digital technologies could streamline governance

Computer-savvy Americans can order movie tickets, book airline flights, and manage their bank accounts online.

Why, many of these same people wonder, can't they use networked computers to pay traffic tickets, research property records, or obtain government statistics? And why don't governments, from the statehouse to the White House, use the technologies to make information more accessible and public services more accessible?

The answer is that, in many cases, they can and do. Or soon will.

Researchers nationwide, supported by the National Science Foundation's four-year-old digital government program, have been collaborating on projects that will harness technology to make governments at all levels more responsive to its constituencies.

More than 200 of these information technology researchers and data architects will showcase research into law enforcement, data management and homeland security May 21-23 at "dg.o2002," a national, NSF-sponsored conference on digital government research to be held in Redondo Beach, Calif.

The theme of the meeting is "personal and societal safety in today's digital world," reflecting the U.S. government's focus on security in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Some sessions will focus on wireless disaster response while other will look at law enforcement, including a discussion of how police in Tucson, Ariz., working with University of Arizona artificial intelligence experts, use a wireless-networked multimedia database of police records to help cope with the city's street gang problem.

But workshops will also focus on such topics as:

  • Healthcare in a digital world
  • Technology transfer: from research lab to government use
  • Multimedia presentation of geospatial, textual, audio-visual, statistical and other information
  • Data integration and statistics
  • Useful and user-friendly interfaces and human-computer interaction


For a complete conference schedule, including registration forms, see:



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