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Geospatial Information Technology in Indonesia and its Legal Framework

Deborah N. Simorangkir, Universitas Pelita Harapan, and Davidson Samoir, HukumOnline.com, Revista 2- Año 1, (Abr-2011-Jun-2011) ISSN 2173-6588. Abstract: Throughout the history of humankind, cultural, economic, political, and technical forces have led to social changes. Some of these changes were drastic, but some others were more gradual. The latest innovation that has changed society drastically and is sure to evolve rapidly in the future is geospatial information technology. Even though Indonesia is a developing country, the development of its technology is not far behind other countries – including in geospatial technology. Because such technology is no longer restricted to the military but is now available to a wider public, laws must be passed to ensure that the end users will get credible, accurate and accountable information and that in the end, geospatial products actually serve for the betterment of society.

For full text of the article visit Geospatial Information Technology in Indonesia and its Legal Framework. Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for the heads up.

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NYT: World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data

by Stephanie Strom, Global Business Section, New York Times, June 2, 2011

…the World Bank is opening its vast vault of information. …For more than a year, the bank has been releasing its prized data sets, currently giving public access to more than 7,000 that were previously available only to some 140,000 subscribers — mostly governments and researchers, who pay to gain access to it. Those data sets contain all sorts of information about the developing world, whether workaday economic statistics — gross domestic product, consumer price inflation and the like — or arcana like how many women are breast-feeding their children in rural Peru. … For whatever its accuracy or biases, this data essentially defines the economic reality of billions of people and is used in making policies and decisions that have an enormous impact on their lives. …

For full text of the article, visit: World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data – NYTimes.com.

Crowdsourcing: Improving the Quality of Scientific Data Through Social Networking

Dear colleague:

You are cordially invited to attend a public symposium on Crowdsourcing: Improving the Quality of Scientific Data Through Social Networking. The event is being organized by the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information, and will be held on June 13 in Washington, DC at the Embassy Suites, 900 10th Street, NW. A formal invitation with the summary description of the symposium, the exact location, and RSVP instructions may be found below.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who you think may be interested. Registrations will be honored on a first-come-first-served basis. More complete information about the event and about the Board on Research Data and Information is available at: http://www.nationalacademies.org/brdi.

Best wishes,

Paul F. Uhlir
Director, Board on Research Data and Information
puhlir [at] nas [dot] edu

Crowdsourcing: Improving the Quality of Scientific Data Through Social Networking

A PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM

Organized by the
Board on Research Data and Information

National Research Council
(
http://www.nationalacademies.org/brdi)

Monday, June 13, 2011, 4:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.  
Embassy Suites, 900 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Crowdsourcing may be described as a distributed information production and problem-solving activity, today performed mostly online. The technique invites contributions on one or more specific issues or problems, either from a targeted group or the general public. Although there are many types of crowdsourcing applications in many sectors and businesses, the public research community has used the techniques extensively in recent years.
According to Wikipedia, itself a highly successful crowdsourcing initiative, there are many perceived benefits to this model (see www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsoucing; last visited May 27, 2011):
  • Various topics can be addressed at a low cost and usually quite rapidly, frequently with no payments to the contributors;
  • The organization doing the crowdsourcing can greatly broaden the potential contributions beyond its own employees and direct contacts;
  • The crowdsourcing activity may be able to provide the views of many prospective customers or other interested parties, and can initiate and develop relationships that would be difficult or impossible to initiate otherwise.
Different internet services can be used for online crowdsoucing, from traditional websites and emails, to social networking sites, such as Facebook. Because of the growing use and potential importance of this technique to various research applications, including the improvement of scientific information resources, the Board on Research Data and Information is holding a public symposium in the afternoon of Monday, June 13, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The symposium will explore some of the key issues underlying crowdsourcing, provide several compelling examples, and offer an opportunity for the audience to discuss this topic with a number of experts and practitioners. We are pleased to offer the following program, moderated by Prof. Michael Lesk of Rutgers University, and chair of the Board on Research Data and Information:
Speakers
Roberta Balstad, Columbia University
The first crowdsourcing experiment: lessons learned
Gregory Phelan, State University of New York at Cortland
Use of crowdsourcing online in scientific research
Scott Hausman, NOAA National Climatic Data Center
Engaging the public in climate science: exploiting crowdsourcing to
digitize and analyze climate data
[Presenter TBD]
The GEO wiki project
Benjamin Heywood, CEO PatientsLikeMe (invited)
[Presentation title TBD]
Comment by Michael Keller, Stanford University and BRDI Member
Panel discussion of invited speakers and Board members
and
General discussion with the audience

The symposium is open to the public, but advance registration is requested
(contact: Cheryl Levey, clevey [at] nas [dot] edu).

Presentations from National Academies’ Symposium on International Scientific Data Sharing

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From Paul Uhlir, Director, Board on Research Data and Information, National Academy of Sciences:
Presentations from Symposium on International Scientific Data Sharing The Board of Research Data and Information (BRDI) at the U.S. National Academies co-sponsored a free, two-day symposium on April 18-19th in Washington, DC on international scientific data sharing, with focus on developing countries. The presentations from the event are available online. The symposium sought to address the following questions:
1. Why is the international sharing of publicly funded scientific data important, especially for development? What are some examples of past successes and what are the types of global research and applications problems that can be addressed with more complete access to government data collections and government-funded data sources?
2. What is the status of public data access internationally, particularly in developing countries?
3. What are the principal barriers and limits to sharing public data across borders?
4. What are the rights and responsibilities of scientists and research organizations with regard to providing and getting access to publicly funded scientific data? How can international scientific organizations, government agencies, and scientists improve sharing of publicly funded data to address global challenges, particularly in less economically developed countries, more successfully?

International Symposium on the Case for International Scientific Data Sharing: A Focus on Developing Countries

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International Symposium on the Case for International Scientific Data Sharing:

A Focus on Developing Countries

Board on International Scientific Organizations and the U.S. Committee on Data for Science and Technology, Board on Research Data and Information, National Academy of Sciences in consultation with the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science, International Council for Science

to be held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC on 18-19 April 2011

Find the agenda at:  BISO-BRDI-CFRS Joint Symposium Agenda.

SUMMARY

The Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), and the U.S. Committee on Data for Science and Technology (US CODATA) under the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), in consultation with the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science (CFRS) of the International Council for Science ICSU), are organizing a 2-day international symposium. The meeting will be held on Monday-Tuesday, 18-19 April 2011, at the National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC.

The symposium will address the following questions:

1. Why is the international sharing of publicly funded scientific data important, especially for development? What are some examples of past successes and what are the types of global research and applications problems that can be addressed with more complete access to government data collections and government-funded data sources?
2. What is the status of public data access internationally, particularly in developing countries?
3. What are the principal barriers and limits to sharing public data across borders?
4. What are the rights and responsibilities of scientists and research organizations with regard to providing and getting access to publicly funded scientific data? How can international scientific organizations, government agencies, and scientists improve sharing of publicly funded data to address global challenges, particularly in less economically developed countries, more successfully?

A proceedings from the symposium will be published by the National Academies Press.

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