NSF plays matchmaker for e-gov
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- May 18, 2000
A new partnership between the National Science Foundation and academic computer
science researchers aims to improve online government services by bridging
gaps in research at federal, state and local agencies.
The partnership — a virtual organization known as dg.o (DigitalGovernment.Org) — builds an umbrella to keep dialogue on digital government active and avoid
duplication of efforts, according to Larry Brandt, NSF's program manager
for digital government. The dg.o consortium expands on the existing Digital
Government program led by NSF by helping academic researchers find the right
people in government.
"We're going to try to build a sort of dating service online," Brandt
said. He said he also hopes dg.o will help bring together government agencies
that wouldn't normally work together.
The partnership was announced this week at the dg.o 2000 workshop hosted
by the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute
and Columbia University Digital Government Research Center. The workshop
in Los Angeles highlighted NSF-funded research to enhance digital government.
Research areas will focus on information and data management, compiler
technologies, digital libraries, wireless technologies, human and computer
interfaces, computational modeling, and spatial data manipulation.