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FedGeoDay: Advocating for Open Source

by Joe Francica, Directions Magazine, March 4, 2013

FedGeoDay, held in Washington, D.C. this past week, can best be described as an advocacy forum for open source geospatial technology and data. Some of the leading organizations, government agencies and companies invested in open source tech sponsored the conference. Editor in Chief Joe Francica attended this first-time event, which drew over 250 people.

For full text of this article, please visit FedGeoDay: Advocating for Open Source – Directions Magazine.

Two articles by the Wilson Center highlighting the need for #opensource and #agile (#FedGeoDay) include:
1) Mike Byrne’s report “The National Broadband Map: A Case Study on Open Innovation for National Policy”
2) “Too Big to Succeed: The Need for Federal IT Reform


Presidential Innovation Fellows | The White House

The White House Website, May 2012

The Presidential Innovation Fellows will pair top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, or academia with top innovators in government to collaborate on game-changing solutions that aim to deliver significant results in six months. Each team of innovators will work together in-person in Washington, DC on focused sprints while being supported by a broader community of interested citizens throughout the country. What makes this initiative unique is its focus on unleashing the ingenuity and know-how of Americans from all sectors. The five projects that will launch in summer 2012 have straightforward goals: to improve the lives of the American people, saving taxpayer money, and fueling job creation. This is innovation aimed at making a difference for all Americans.

For more information about this program, visit Presidential Innovation Fellows | The White House.

Global Social Media Research Symposium

The Global Social Media Research Symposium on March 23, 2012, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American University, Washington, DC, will explore current research on the worldwide use of social media for societal reform and cultural-political transformation. The symposium will feature representatives from major technology companies, policy experts, journalists, researchers, and research groups. Panel sessions will be devoted to social media technologies and innovation along with their application across national borders, the role of government in promoting access to these technologies, and recent research findings on social media reform movements worldwide.

The Global Social Media Research Symposium will take place in the new School of International Service building Abramson Family Founders Room on the main campus of American University. Refreshments during session breaks and reception at the conclusion of the Symposium at 5 p.m. are provided. For information, contact Prof. Shalini Venturelli, School of International Service: sventur@american.edu and Jason Smith, Symposium Director: js1232a@american.edu.

For more information, visit Global Social Media Research Symposium | International Communication Program | School of International Service | American University, Washington, D.C..

World Bank Webcast: Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Solutions: Possibilities and Pitfalls

Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Solutions: Possibilities and Pitfalls

Thursday, September 22, 2011; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Watch Live from the World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, DC! As part of the World Bank’s 2011 Annual Meetings and Civil Society Forum, The World Bank will host a discussion with leading members of the civil society, open government, open development communities to discuss a new “Open Development Agenda,” in which individuals are empowered to create better solutions for development issues. The session will begin with an overview of Open Development, its implications for development partners, and how this move toward greater openness in data and knowledge is changing the entire development paradigm. It will include a lively moderated conversation on the opportunities presented by open data, open knowledge, and open solutions and how these relate to development challenges and aid effectiveness. Topics will include: What are the potential limitations of “open”? How can we draw on knowledge, learning, and innovation from a much wider pool of “solvers” and donor resources? Participants will also have an opportunity to see new mobile apps and the updated Mapping for Results portal. The session will close with an open dialogue, where participants will have an opportunity to present their ideas and feedback on the changing roles of the private sector, civil society organizations, and governments in making development more effective.

FCC, FTC Location Based Services (and Privacy) Forum on Tuesday, June 28th

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Location Based Services Forum

June 28, 2011 / 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT / FCC, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau in consultation with Federal Trade Commission staff will hold a public education forum featuring representatives of telecommunications carriers, technology companies, consumer advocacy groups and academia on June 28, 2011, exploring how consumers can be both smart and secure when realizing the benefits of Location Based Services (LBS). Topics will include: how LBS works; benefits and risks of LBS; consumer DOs and DON’Ts; industry best practices; and what parents should know about location tracking when their children use mobile devices. See the Public Notice for more information.

Audio/video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live.  The FCC’s webcast is free to the public.  Those who watch the live video stream of the event may email event-related questions to livequestions@fcc.gov.  Depending on the volume of questions and time constraints, the panel moderators will work to respond to as many questions as possible during the workshop.

Wyden, Chaffetz Introduce the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act

Bipartisan Legislation Provides Needed Legal Clarity for Use of Geolocation Information

Press Release of Senator Wyden, Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Washington, D.C. – New technologies – like cell phones, smart phones, laptops and navigation devices – are making it increasingly easy to track and log the location of individual Americans, yet federal laws have not kept pace with the technology.  The lack of legal clarity surrounding the use of electronically-obtained location data, also known as geolocation information, means that there are no clear rules for how this data can be used, accessed or sold by law enforcement, commercial entities or private citizens.  As a result, prosecutors are often unsure when judges will allow geolocation information to be admitted as evidence.  Telecommunications companies are often unsure when or if they are allowed to share their customer’s geolocation data with law enforcement.  Customers are often unsure when or if their providers are sharing their geolocation data with law enforcement or selling it to other private companies.  It is even unclear if law enforcement has the tools to arrest a stalker caught using technology to follow another person or obtain that person’s geolocation information.

With this in mind, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) teamed up to write the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act.  The bipartisan legislation creates a legal framework designed to give government agencies, commercial entities and private citizens clear guidelines for when and how geolocation information can be accessed and used.  U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, endorsed the effort as an original co-sponsor.

“GPS technology is unquestionably a great tool, not just for Americans on the go and cellular companies offering services, but for law enforcement professionals looking to track suspects and catch criminals,” Wyden said.  “But all tools and tactics require rules and right now, when it comes to geolocation information, the rules aren’t clear.  Congressman Chaffetz and I have worked to establish rules that we believe will foster the effective use of geolocation data while protecting the privacy rights of law-abiding American citizens.”

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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


Organized by the
Board on Research Data and Information

National Research Council

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:
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
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).
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