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Title: CoDirectors:


1
  • Co-Directors
  • Yigal Arens USC / Information Sciences Institute
  • Judith Klavans
  • Columbia University

2
Digital Government is Here!
  • An increasing quantity and variety of information
    is available in digital form
  • Government agencies already collect much digital
    information
  • Government is a holder and provider of often
    unique data and services
  • Access to information/services by industry and
    citizen-users must be facilitated, while limiting
    cost and risk

3
Well Not Quite...
  • Expectations are very high due to the
    pervasiveness of Web/Internet information
    technology
  • Government IT/IS is behind best practices
  • Legacy, stovepipe systems designed for trusted
    staff
  • Failed very large modernization efforts
  • A disconnect exists between the research
    community and government IS

4
DGRCs Purpose
  • Make Digital Government Happen!
  • Advance information systems research
  • Bring the benefits of cutting edge IS research to
    government systems
  • Help educate government and the community
  • Work with the NSFs DG Program

5
Why a Center?
  • Direction
  • Coordination
  • Visibility
  • Sustainability

6
DGRC Technical Goals
  • Conduct and support research in key areas of
    information systems
  • Develop standards/interfaces
  • Develop infrastructure
  • Build pilot systems
  • Collaborate closely with government information
    providers and users

7
DGRC Educational Efforts
  • NSF-sponsored DG workshop and conferences (2000,
    2001, 2002)
  • Expanded PI workshop, now conferences
  • Collaboration workspace
  • In the process of being expanded
  • Newsletter

8
DGRC Development Plans
  • Seeding by CU and ISI
  • 1M/yr initially from DG Program
  • 3M/yr funding with incorporation of additional
    or separately funded efforts
  • 5M/yr total will provide for significant impact
    on government systems
  • Expand government applications as funding develops

Time
Today
9
DGRC Composition
  • So far, primarily computer scientists
  • User interfaces, information integration,
    databases, natural language processing,
    information security, data mining, …
  • Recently also Human factors
  • Our plans Social sciences

10
Our Approach to IS Developmt
  • Managed technology transfer
  • Solving the legacy information system problem

Research gt Technology gt Applications
Incremental Transition to Modern Systems
11
Solving the Legacy IS Problem
Move from Hardwired Legacy Systems
Info System
Legacy
Legacy
12
Legacy System Integration into New Information
Systems
Operating System Independent Middleware
Mediators Wrappers
13
Major Research Thrusts
  • Terminology/ontology
  • Information integration
  • Human-computer interaction
  • In-memory data analysis
  • Soon
  • Collaboration
  • Multi-lingual access
  • Usability

14
Current DGRC Research
  • Support specific applications
  • Access to/interpretation of statistical data
  • Web site integration
  • Central problems attacked
  • Proliferation of terminology
  • Difficulty requesting and interpreting data
  • Need to integrate data from autonomous sources

15
Our Experience So Far
  • Problem nicely defined in proposal, based on
    discussions with agencies
  • Access multiple sources from 4 agencies
  • Support querying over the Web
  • But access directly to data turned out to be
    impossible!
  • Only already public data could be used
  • The queryable space is very sparse
  • When dealing with Government, politics are cannot
    be ignored

16
Consequences for Research
  • Significant shifting of emphasis, to
  • Extraction of information from public sources
    Web sites, PDF files, text
  • Special subproblems Ontology browsing, ontology
    merging, understanding PDF, …
  • Support for existing reports
  • In-memory data manipulation and analysis
  • We were lucky to have had broad experience and a
    wide array of talent to draw on
  • Weve been set back by political missteps

17
For More Information
  • Visit http//www.dgrc.org
  • Read newsletter
  • Ask for report of last years dg.o2000 digital
    government workshop
  • Request report of this years dg.o2001 when it
    comes out
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