Today we launched Energy.Data.Gov, the latest installment of our growing family of Data.gov communities to deepen our engagement with stakeholders interested in the analytics to measure our Nation’s energy performance. As with our previous open government communities, in health and law, this platform aggregates tools, high-value datasets, and applications to shed light on energy use. It includes 216 free datasets and tools have been gathered from agencies across the Federal government with the goal of empowering all Americans to understand energy issues, including energy consumption within the Federal government.
For full text of the article, visit An Invitation to Our Latest Open Innovation Ecosystem: Energy.Data.Gov | The White House.
- Data.gov Evolves From Repository To Cloud Platform (informationweek.com)
- Fate of Data.gov Revealed; US Gov Almost Completely Drops the Ball (readwriteweb.com)
- Data.gov et al. Budget Slashed by 75% (readwriteweb.com)
Source: HL Chronicle of Data Protection, April 18, 2011
Europe’s group of data protection authorities, the Article 29 Working Party, issued an opinion on smart meters, which goes into surprising detail on points such as the size of the display for the user interface, the need for a ‘push button’ consent module for consumers, the need to keep load graph data stored locally whenever possible. The Art 29 WP stresses the need for energy suppliers and third party energy service companies to develop detailed data retention policies to ensure smart meter data are deleted as soon as no longer needed. … The opinion strongly recommends the implementation of Privacy by Design, including privacy impact assessments, security and privacy audits.
- Ask HN: Can a smart meter be made to lie to the Grid? (news.ycombinator.com)
Secrecy News of the Federation of American Scientists posted a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report that provides maps of seismic hazards and population centers near nuclear power plants in the United States. “CRS determined the coordinates of plant sites using web-based applications and overlaid the sites on base maps of: 1. Quaternary faults, 2. Seismic hazards in terms of percent gravitational acceleration, 3. Levels of horizontal ground shaking (gravitational acceleration) that have a 2-in-100 (2%) probability of being exceeded in a 50-year period, and 4. Metropolitan populations.”
For PDF copy of the report, visit: “Nuclear Power Plant Sites: Maps of Seismic Hazards and Population Centers,” March 29, 2011.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is requesting public input on its six science strategies: Ecosystems; Energy and Minerals; Environmental Health; Global Change; Natural Hazards; and Water. These strategies will used in setting priorities and implementation planning for future research activities at the agency, which was reorganized in 2010.
Some of the USGS programs that support these science strategies include:
Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
The Federal Geographic Data Committee is an interagency committee that promotes the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geospatial data on a national basis. This nationwide data publishing effort is known as the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI is a physical, organizational, and virtual network designed to enable the development and sharing of this nation’s digital geographic information resources. FGDC activities are administered through the FGDC Secretariat, hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Land Remote Sensing (LRS)
The Land Remote Sensing Program operates the Landsat satellites and provides the Nation’s portal to the largest archive of remotely sensed land data in the world, supplying access to current and historical images. These images serve many purposes from assessing the impact of natural disasters to monitoring global agricultural production.
National Geospatial Program
The National Geospatial Program (NGP) organizes, maintains, and publishes the geospatial baseline of the Nation’s topography, natural landscape, and built environment. The baseline is The National Map, a set of databases of map data and information from which customers can download data and derived map products and use web-based map services. Through the Geospatial Liaison Network, the NGP works with cooperators to share the costs of acquiring and maintaining these geospatial data. The National Atlas of the United States of America®, the small-scale component of The National Map, fosters an understanding of broad geographic patterns, trends, and conditions useful for national assessments. The Federal Geographic Data Committee promotes consistent data and metadata standards, system interoperability, and cross-government best business practices for geospatial resources, policies, standards, and technology as part of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.
White House Website, February 5, 2011
America’s economic growth and competitiveness depend on its people’s capacity to innovate. We can create the jobs and industries of the future by doing what America does best – investing in the creativity and imagination of our people. To win the future, the U.S. must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation seeks to harness the ingenuity of the American people to ensure economic growth that is rapid, broad-based, and sustained. This economic growth will bring greater income, higher quality jobs, and improved quality of life to all Americans.
You can read the Innovation Strategy and submit your comments and feedback using on Slideshare using the links provided via Innovation | The White House.
- White House Fact Sheet on Strategy for American Innovation: Securing Our Economic Growth (bespacific.com)
- 5 Things You Should Know About the Strategy for American Innovation (whitehouse.gov)
- What is Your Strategy for American Innovation? (whitehouse.gov)
- White House: Innovate! Educate! Win! (money.cnn.com)
- White House Unveils Innovation Report (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
- White House initiative to encourage entrepreneurship (whitehouse.gov)
- White House Makes Innovation Job No. 1 – Portfolio.com (news.google.com)
- Can you hear me now? – W.H. still pushing ‘innovation’ plan (politico.com)
Consumer Privacy, Energy Use Data, and Trust
Posted January 31, 2011 by Christine Hertzog
Consumer privacy concerns are an important focus of many Smart Grid conversations. Everyone agrees that consumers need to be educated about the entirely new types of energy use data that can be created with Smart Grid technologies. While we must ensure that consumers are aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding energy use data, there is less conversation ongoing about educating utilities and vendors to deploy programs to ensure data privacy, and there are no conversations ongoing about who owns the value of that energy use data. …
For full text of the article via Consumer Privacy, Energy Use Data, and Trust | The Energy Collective.
- Utilities work to prevent privacy backlash over smart grid (theglobeandmail.com)
- Privacy Professor on Smart Grid Privacy Standards (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Joint Comments on Proposed Smart Grid Privacy Policies and Procedures (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Why Smart People Are Suspicious of Smart Meters (blogs.forbes.com)
Administration Looks Ahead to FY 2012 Budget Release
by Richard Jones, FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, Number 10, Feb 1, 2011
Yesterday the White House announced that the Administration will send its FY 2012 budget request to Congress on Monday, February 14. The submission is a week later than usual because the confirmation of the new director of the Office of Management and Budget was delayed. The development of the budget request was undoubtedly made more difficult because Congress has not passed any of the FY 2011 appropriations bills. Making it even more complicated is the effort being made by House Republicans to reduce FY 2011 spending to FY 2008 levels. President Obama recommended in his State of the Union that non-security spending be frozen for five years except for defense, homeland security, and veterans’ programs. Importantly, he advocated that government spending increase for science and education. Following the speech, the White House released a document providing additional detail about the FY 2012 budget request, selections of which follow…
For full text of the article, visit Administration Looks Ahead to FY 2012 Budget Release.
- State Of The Union: The Fight To Freeze Spending (blogs.forbes.com)