Past Expeditions    (3N46)

Collaborative Expedition #64, Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at NSF    (3N47)

Mapping and Navigating the Waterways of Public Information: Connecting People to Science and Scholarly Knowledge    (3MWU)

Below is Patricia Hilton's map of what she heard at the workshop on August 14, 2007    (3NDU)    (3NDS)

Workshop Purpose    (3MX0)

The purpose of the workshop is to envision greater possibilities for a robust cyberinfrastructure making it easier for citizens to navigate public information (including scientific, cultural, and scholarly knowledge). Participants will share lessons learned from virtual organizations (non-profit to multi-government) employing knowledge mapping techniques, data visualization, virtual curating, and data stewardship techniques. The workshop will open up dialogue to facilitate "bootstrapping" among multiple communities and institutions committed to advancing public access to electronically stored information, including scientific and cultural heritage collections. The workshop supports information exchange among Federal Enterprise Architecture improvement activities advancing citizen-centric government in 2007.    (3MX1)

"It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thought meet. These lines may have their roots in quite different parts of human culture, in different times or different cultural environments or different religious traditions: hence if they actually meet, that is, if they are at least so much related to each other that a real interaction can take place, then one may hope that new and interesting developments may follow." Werner Heisenberg    (3N7T)

"Creativity is a process that can be observed only at the intersection where individuals, domains, and fields intersect." Csikszentmihalyi, 1999    (3N7U)

Workshop Questions    (3MX2)

a) Digital data and information communities advancing sound approaches for electronically stored information. Examples include librarians, curators, web content managers, ontologists, researchers, artists, historians, data managers, and records managers.    (3NAQ)

b) Open Standards bodies and consortia    (3MX8)

c) International stewardship associations    (3MX6)

d) Virtual organizations    (3N2R)


8:30 am - Welcome and Introduction - slides & audio (12m:11s; mp3; 1.4MB)    (3MXE)

SusanTurnbull, GSA and Co-chair, Emerging Technology Subcommittee and Co-Chair, Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT CG    (3MXF)

8:40 am - Participant Introductions: What is your Sense of Purpose in Relation to the Overall Workshop Goals?    (3MXH)

9:00 am - and Ground-breaking Advances in Scientific and Technical Information Collections    (3N98)

Eleanor G. Frierson, Deputy Director, National Agricultural Library, Department of Agriculture - site & audio (17m:54s; mp3; 2.1MB)    (3N8W)

Walter L. Warnick, Director, Dept. of Energy, Office of Science and Technical Information, Much of Science is Non-Googleable: An Emerging Solution - slides & audio (22m:21s; mp3; 2.6MB)    (3N99)

10:30 am - BREAK    (3N9A)

10:45 am - Mapping Science: Opportunities and Challenges, KatyBorner, Associate Professor of Information Science, Director of the Information Visualization Lab, Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, Adjunct Associate Professor of Informatics, Core Faculty Member of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Biocomplexity Institute & Complex Systems Group, Indiana University - slides & audio (1h:02m:44s; mp3; 7.2MB)    (3NFE)

12:15 pm - Networking Lunch (60 min. - on your own)    (3MXS)

1:15 pm - Virtual Organizing: Conducive Conditions for Creativity in Advancing Knowledge Collections    (3NAN)

Mary Lou Maher, Program Director, Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), NSF - slides & audio (37m:26s; mp3; 4.3MB)    (3NAO)

Deborah MacPherson, Accuracy&Aesthetics and WDG Architecture - slides & audio (27m:08s; mp3; 3.1MB)    (3N30)

2:15 pm - Break-Out Session: Advancing Navigability and Discovery in Public Cyberinfrastructure: Cultivating the Governance and Tools Needed for Public Information Collections    (3MXT)

3:15 pm - BREAK    (3MXX)

3:30 pm - Report Out of Break Out Groups    (3MY2)

4:15 pm - Adjourn and Networking    (3NB8)

Collaborative Expedition Workshop Series Background    (3MYY)

Purpose and Audience: The GSA Office of Intergovernmental Solutions leads monthly Collaborative Expedition workshops to advance the quality of citizen-government dialogue and collaborations at the crossroads of intergovernmental initiatives, Communities of Practice, Federal IT research and IT user agencies. The workshops seek to advance collaborative innovations in government and community services such as emergency preparedness, environmental monitoring, healthcare and law enforcement.    (3MYZ)

The workshops serve individuals from government, business, and non-government organizations to practice an emerging societal form, Communities of Practice (CoPs) or Communities of Interest (CoIs), that augment Government project teams, in a manner responsive to the Citizen-Centric Government goal of the President’s Management Agenda and the Public Information Access provisions of the E-government Act of 2002.    (3MZ0)

Each workshop organizes participation around a common purpose, larger than any institution, including government. By learning how to appreciate multiple perspectives around potentials and realities of this larger “purpose”, subsequent actions by individuals representing many forms of expertise, can be better expressed in their home and collaborative settings. By centering around people and the "whole system" challenges they organize around, IT design and development processes can mature with less risk and greater national yield of breakthrough performance.    (3MZ1)

Joint workshop sponsors in addition to GSA, include the Architecture and Infrastructure Committee and Best Practices Committee of the Federal CIO Council, and the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development, Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT and IT Workforce Development Coordinating Group. These organizations value this “frontier outpost” to open up quality conversations, augmented by information technology, to leverage the collaborative capacity of united, but diverse sectors of society, seeking to discover, frame, and act on national and international potentials.    (3MZ2)

Resources    (3MZ3)

1. Appreciation of Potentials / Tapping Creativity    (3N5Q)

2. Mapping the Spaces / Virtualizing the Cultural Collections    (3N5R)

3. Tools / Approaches / Deployment    (3N5T)

4. Stewardship Organizations / Scholarly Databases    (3N5U)

5. Civic Education / Community Data Sets    (3N5Z)