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From E-Gov to Connected Governance: the Role of Cloud Computing, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Semantic Technologies

This page contains the program and proceedings of a one-day conference / workshop held in Washington, DC on February 17, 2009 on the role of information and communication technologies in an era of connected governance.

Attendance: 360 people signed up for this event to attend either on-site or remotely via webcast.

Key questions this workshop explores: 

  • What is the significance of connected governance in the Obama administration?
  • What role does cloud computing, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 semantic technology play in an era of connected governance?
  • What immediate steps towards connected governance should government agencies take?

Semantic Community–Semantic Exchange Workshop Venue

Tuesday, February 17, 2009.

Morning session: 8:30 am EST to 12:00 noon. Afternoon session: 1:00 pm EST to 5:00 pm EST.

Computer Science Corporation, Executive Briefing Center, Falls Church, VA.

Recordings of Proceedings

Audio and Video (6.5 GB!). Please Note: The conference video and audio podcasts are being cleaned up and edited and will be made available on this page on March 6, 2009.

Presentations and other materials

See below.

Twitter

Twitter hashtag being used during this conference: #SICoP090217" you
can link the hashtag text to the following result set:
http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23SICoP090217

Comments

  • Thanks for having me present.
  • I was honored to be invited to present as part of this past Tuesday's conference on moving from E-government to Connected Governance.
  • Mostly, I liked the meeting today (leaving aside the awful noises on the phone line). I like the overall workshop and met some new people. I was most impressed with the Dutch applications.
  • Thanks for the work you did to make this conference possible. I participated via WebEx and, despite the occasional problems, the experience was excellent. I especially liked being able to click around related areas as presentations were going on, using your wiki page as a starting point. What a great group of experts!
  • There were so many exciting possibilities presented today; I am overloaded with ideas and a wish list to  carry back to work tomorrow.
  • I am sorry, but I will not be able to attend in person after all. I’m sure that I’ll be missing a great workshop.
  • Great to see you are still leading the way.

Background

The 2nd Annual SICoP Special Conference was held at the CSC's EBC last February 5, 2008. The theme of that event was Building Semantic Interoperability Solutions for Information Sharing and Integration. Since then, SICoP has evolved to the Semantic Community-Semantic Exchange Partnership, independent of the Federal CIO Council, to foster next generation internet and semantic technology infrastructure and education in public-private partnerships launched at the 2008 Semantic Technology Conference in May 2008. Recent Semantic Community-Semantic Exchange Webcasts were held on August 7th and September 19th, 2008.  See Announcement.

About the conference

We have a new administration that values transparency, citizen participation, collaboration, information sharing, and internet technology. See, for example:  

Also, see the National Academy of Public Administration white paper:

Enabling Collaboration: Three Priorities for New Administration

The purpose of this conference is to operationalize this vision, demonstrate the kinds of changes that are coming to next stage web-based systems in government, and to map the role of  information and communication technologies (specifically, cloud computing, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 semantic technologies) in the evolution of government information systems from e-gov (silos with web front ends) to connected governance (e.g. distributed social computing environments for collaborative work, information sharing, knowledge management, and participatory decision-making.) See, for example:

Returning Innovation to the Federal Government with Information Technology, Industry Advisory Council, Transition Study Group, December 11, 2008.

Also see Executive Order on Open Government  and YouTube Video.

The plan of the conference includes the following:

  1. Our keynote session begins by highlighting recent findings, conclusions and recommendations from a recent UN study that examined the current state and direction of evolution of e-government world-wide. A second keynote features running your organization on semantics, presented by the Dutch government.
  2. Following the keynote, we set the stage for the morning's panel session with an overview presentation by Brand Niemann and Mills Davis, that outlines the role of Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, and Web 3.0 semantic technologies in and era of connected governance. This presentation highlights new concepts and practices of connected governance, the role of information and communication technologies in realizing this vision, near-term steps towards connected governance that every agency can take.
  3. Following the overview, we introduce a panel discussion of leading technologists, invite them to tell us briefly about the capabilities they provide, the problems they solve, and the value their solutions bring, and to discuss  how the capabilities they provide might be combined to further enhance the value to government, business, and citizenry in the era of connected governance.
  4. After lunch, the conference features demos of next generation capabilities and solutions for connected governance.. Each panelist has the opportunity (about 10 minutes) to present.  A topic we have asked to feature is what sort of free trial or quickstart package(s) they offer that government agencies can access to learn more, or get started. In the spirit of Open Government Data , we encourage semantic technology vendors to use the data sources below in their demos.
  5. Also, the conference will announce a program of briefings, technical training of Web 2.0, Cloud Computing and Web 3.0 Semantic Technologies, and services to support pilots of connected governance solutions. These programs are produced by Semantic Exchange and Semantic Communities in association with industry experts and leading vendors.

The call to action for this conference is to ask government agencies and system integrators to sponsor and undertake pilot projects that integrate best of breed Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, and Web 3.0 Semantic Technology capabilities into next generation solutions for collaborative work, transparent information sharing, and knowledge management, and connected governance.

Agenda (as of February 18, 2009)

Introduction (8:30 a.m.)

Brand Niemann, US EPA and Semantic Community.net. (Slides), and Joe Greer, CSC, Chief Technology Officer; Environmental and Citizen Solutions

  • Memorial Book For Jie-hong Chen Morrison (taken down - see below)
  • Our Semantic Community honored the memory and outstanding contributions of Jie-hong Morrison at our Fedbruary 17th Workshop attended by over 150 people. Jie-hong called me several weeks before our workshop to say how excited she was to attend and then I received the shocking news that she had passed suddenly. I was devasted by the lost of one so young, gifted, and beloved by me and our professional community.

    On behalf of our community, I extend our deepest sympathies to her family in your lost and my faith that you will be sustained and comforted to carry on in your lives secure in the knowledge that human life is eternal in our memories and in reality. Rest assured that Jie-hong's work for our community and her great spirit lives on with us.

Summary and Update of the SICoP Special Conference 4 (February 5, 2008) and the Data Reference Model Implications (8:40 a.m.)

Lucian Russell, Expert Reasoning & Decisions LLC(Slides), and Bryan Aucoin, Alanthus (Information Sharing Federations Wiki). Also see comments on possible changes to DRM 2.0 at the Federal Data Wiki.

Keynote: From E-Government to Connected Governance (based on recent United Nations report) (9-10 a.m. with Questions and Answers and Short Health Break)

Mr. Michael Mimicopoulos, Senior Public Administration Officer of the Knowledge Management Branch, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, http://www.unpan.org (Slides)

Keynote: Running your organization on semantics, separating the know from the flow (see for example government-wide search service) (10-11 a.m. with Movie and Demo, Questions and Answers, Short Health Break, and Panel Assemble)

Simone Dobbelaar, Chief Policy Information Officer, Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/174175/PRESENT/1_TRY/1_legal_480_MP4.mov
http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/174175/PRESENT/1_TRY/2_legal_480.swf
http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/174175/PRESENT/1_TRY/3_legal_480.wmv
http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/174175/PRESENT/1_TRY/4_legal_480_MP4.mov

More links to be posted

Transitioning to Connected Governance:  Overview of the Role of Semantic Technologies in Web 2.0 and 3.0 (11 a.m. - 12 noon)

What is the Role of Cloud, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 Semantic Technologies in an Era of Connected Governance?

Role of Cloud, Web2 and Web3 technologies in an era of connected governance? [Davis 2009] (1).pdf

 

 

color: black; font-family: helv; ">Brand Niemann, Semantic Community.net, and Mills Davis, Semantic Exchange.com. See DAMA-NCR Webcasts, November 3-7, 2008. Presentation: Using Semantic Technologies in Wikis, Desktop Authoring, & Search to Improve Information Sharing and Knowledge Management.

Panel Discussion: Role of Cloud Computing, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 Technologies in an Era of Connected Governance - Infrastructure and Education Jump Start Kits. Invited Panelists:

Category

Company Representative Starter Kit Commercial
Cloud Computing CSC

Joe Greer, Chief Technology Officer; Environmental and Citizen Solutions

Slides

Services Products
Semantic Web and Cloud Computing Training Program Intervise Consultants Inc. Michael Priddy, President & CEO TBA TBA

Semantic Wiki

Revelytix and Vitria Technology 

Michael Lang, Chairman, Revelytix, and Deputy CTO, Vitria Technology 

Knoodl

Products

Semantic Content, Mashups, and Lenses

Cambridge Semantics

Sean Martin, CTO

TBA

Products

Semantic Search, Query, Natural Language, & Question Answering

Expert System, USA

Brooke Aker, CEO

TBA

Video

Semantic Research

Semantic Insights     

Chuck Rehberg, CTO

TBA     

Products     

Semantic Decisions

Be Informed

Geert Rensen, VP

TBA

Products

Semantics and Sensor Data

Wright State University Amit Sheth, LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar TBA Products

 

Lunch (get box lunches and return to seats) (12 noon - 1 p.m.)

Keynote: Current State and Future Directions for Intellipedia (1 - 1:30 p.m)

Chris Rasmussen (Remote), Knowledge Manager, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Will Use Intellipedia Web Site)

Keynote: Semantic Integration of Citizen Sensor Data and Multilevel Sensing: A comprehensive path towards event monitoring and situational awareness (examples from data archived during Mumbai event) (1:30 -2 p.m)

Amit Sheth, LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar at Wright State University (Slides-pptx) (Slides-ppt)

Announcement of Semantic Web and Cloud Computing Training Program Based on BlackBook2 (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) - Overview) with Scott Streit, Intervise (see Recent Presentation: Semantic Web Technology, “Next Generation Web: The Evolution of Data Management and Tutorial) (2 - 2:15 p.m)

Mills Davis, Project10x, Semantic Exchange.com (Slides)

Featured Demonstrations (as of February 17, 2009) (2:00 - 5 p.m.)

Category

Company Representative Starter Kit Commercial

Web 2.0 Enterprise Wiki 

MindTouch

Rion Morgenstern(Remote)

WhoRunsGov.com

wik Express Products

Semantically define your software engineering methodology and publish it to your tools and Wiki

zAgile

Sanjiva Nath (Remote)

Slides

TBA

Video

Web 2.0 Features of M3O to Collaborate on the Design of Governance Models

Revelytix, and Vitria Technology

Michael Lang, Chairman, Revelytix, and Deputy CTO, Vitria Technology Slides

Knoodl and M3O

Slides
Semantic Wiki: Enterprise Architecture Emergent Analytics (Army CES2TE) Spry Enterprises

Brooke Stevenson

Combined with Above

Web Site

TBA

Products

Semantic Search, Query, Natural Language, & Question Answering

Expert System, USA

Brooke Aker, CEO

Slides

TBA

Video

Real World Semantic Query of Organisational Data In Silico Discovery Brian Donnelly, CEO(Remote) Slides and Video

TBA

Products

Semantic Content, Mashups, and Lenses

Cambridge Semantics

Lee Feigenbaum (Remote) Slides

TBA

Products

Semantic Decisions

Be Informed                                                    

Geert Rensen, VP

Slides and Video

TBA TBA

Semantic Research

Semantic Insights     

Chuck Rehberg, CTO

Slides

TBA Products
Martime Knowledge Base Semantic Application Spatial Ontology Community of Practice (Northrop Grumman) Eric Freese, Northrop Grumman Information Technology, TASC (Remote) Slides and Flash Video TBA Products
Geospatial Semantics: Video Broadcast Geo-Tagging Application Spatial Ontology Community of Practice (BBN Technologies)

Dave Kolas and Troy Self

Slides and Video

TBA NA
SocialCast and POPS Expertise-Locator System NASA JPL Jean Holm, Chief Knowledge Architect (Waitlist 1) TBA NA
Surveillance, Events and the Semantic Web SAIC Nancy Grady Slides TBA Products
Semantics for Emergency Response Starbourne Communications and OSS Nokalva Rex Brooks, President, CEO, and Alessandro Triglia Slides TBA Products
Semantic Navigation of Biomedical Data VectorC Rob Frost (Remote) Slides and Screen Captures TBA Products
Internet Business Logic: A Wiki and SOA endpoint for executable open vocabulary English, with an example semantically linking DOE data. Reengineering, LLC

Adrian Walker

Slides and Flash Video

Online Products
Audting Information Systems Infoloom

Michel Biezunski

Slides

TBA TBA

General Discussion and Next Steps

Mills Davis, Project10x, Semantic Exchange

Adjourn (5 p.m.)

Wait List

Integration: the "Killer App" of the Semantic Web, Dr. Joseph Rockmore, Cyladian Technology Consulting

Atlas for Lotus Connections: Unlock the power of your social network! Steve Katz, IBM Portal, Web 2.0 & Collaboration Specialist

Semantic Web for Enterprise Architecture, Dean Allemang – Chief Scientist, TopQuadrant.

Data Sources

1.  Using semantic search to synthesize fragmented sources of information:

Federal agency websites frequently have very rich information around topics relating to their missions that, while posted to the web site, is very difficult to find, let alone to search across the site.  Semantic search that interrelates findings across a bureau or an agency to make public information more accessible and able to be linked with other information would be a great help. 

For example, the Fish and Wildlife Service, is a rich site with a lot of information available. There are numerous fact sheets about biodiversity, species, and endangered ones. Also, there are glossaries. In addition, FWS contemplates making information available about state and regional conservation plans. If aggregated, contextualized, organized semantically, and made both searchable and accessible via application program interface (API), then body of information, would become more valuable both to analysts and planners, and to the general public.

Any issue of interest has an ecosystem of stakeholders and interested parties. Multiple agencies may provide different slices of information, and have mission responsibilities that intersect, and sometimes overlap. In the case of FWS, other agencies do have missions that intersect. For example, USGS has fact sheets about environments and other topics that relate to habitats; NOAA has information about fisheries and marine mammals, plus its own glossaries; EPA has factsheets and other information about threats to environments. Each of the 50 states produces a conservation plan covering local environmental, habitat, species, threats, conservation actions, etc., which it manages through its own organizational apparatus, with information posted to its web sites. Terminology used to organize and discuss common issues varies across jurisdictions. In addition to Federal and State governments, there exists a broad network of organizational entities concerned with conservation issues -- pro and con. They too, produce information of interest. Also, there is a scientific community. And the general public is interested in these issues.

So, the challenge is to discover, harvest, link together, interpret, and communicate this body of information in useful ways. A limitation today is that with Google, or Egov (Vivisimo clustering), does not understand natural language processing, does not understand semantics embedded in structured and unstructured information,  and does not have the capability to map relationships between concepts across diverse sources of information and data. The goal of transparency requires semantic methods to link, synthesize, and communicate meaningful results.

2. Using semantic search to tease apart massive documents so that people can deal with parts of it more easily.

Federal agencies often produce massive reports relating to their missions that are overwhelming and intimidating for readers. An example, EPA has a Report on the Environment. First, sources of this information come from 23 different agencies. Second, the organization of the report is focused around 87 indicators of environmental quality. Each of these is, in effect, its own "fact sheet". Often, people are interested in one or a few of these topics, but not all, and would like to investigate these and dig further into what is happening here. So, the opportunity would be to be use semantic technologies to deconstruct or separate out contents by concepts to allow people to more easily access information of interest, and related information from the contributing agencies and other sites/sources. The indicator data are available in spreadhseets (see bottom of Wiki Page). The speadsheets for the 2008 Annual Statistical Abstract are availlable for use at Semantic Community.net.The speadsheets for the 2009 Annual Statistical Abstract are also availlable for use at Semantic Community.net.


DOI Bureaus:

Bureau of Reclamation:   http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/presskit/factsheet/factsheet.cfm
Minerals Management Service:  
National Park Service:  
www.nps.gov/plants/alien/factmain.htm   ; also  http://www.nps.gov/aboutus/parksindex.htm   ; also,  
Office of Surface Mining:  
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:  
http://www.fws.gov/species/
U.S. Geological Survey:  
http://water.usgs.gov/wid/indexlist.html  also,   http://water.usgs.gov/wid/index-state.html

 

 

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