NSF PR 02-43 - May 16, 2002
"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
- 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