Digital government researchers show off their work

Digital government researchers show off their work

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

APR. 23—In a few years, the government's statistical agencies could have easy-access Web sites, seamless database and map queries from handheld computers, and new tools for designing online questionnaires.

The Digital Government Research Showcase last week at the Labor Statistics Bureau drew representatives of agencies that deal heavily in statistics, such as the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics. They joined academic and industry researchers at the National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop.

Colin Perkins, a researcher at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute, is developing common authentication processes to share data in a secure, heterogeneous environment. Perkins' institute is hosting the test bed for the FedStats.net project [see story at www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/4008-1.html].

Sarah M. Nusser, a statistics professor at Iowa State University, and her colleagues are researching flexible access to data from mobile devices. The goal is to integrate queries from Microsoft Windows CE devices with maps and aerial photographs stored in remote databases.

Some exhibitors have been working on their projects for six to 18 months, said Lawrence E. Brandt, NSF's program manager for digital government. The researchers must forge an ongoing partnership with at least one federal agency to get a digital government grant from NSF, Brandt said.

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