Visioning a Nationwide Infrastructure for Community Statistics Community Statistical Systems Network May 27, 2004    (30SB)

Participant Profile    (30SC)

Name(s): Susan Turnbull    (30SD)

Organization: U.S. General Services Administration, Co-Chair, Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT and IT Workforce Development Coordinating Group of the Interagency Committee on IT Research & Development, and member, Categorizing Government Information WG of the Interagency Committee on Government Information    (30SE)

Title or Subject of Initiative, Project, Program, or Other Effort Relevant to Meeting: Collaborative Expedition Workshops : Realizing Citizen-Centric Government    (30SF)

Nature of Effort:    (30SG)

__ system for on-line delivery of nationwide local area data to individual users __ tabular data __ mapped data geographic units (e.g., states, counties, places) include: primary data sets include:    (30SH)

__ tool to assist national and local data intermediaries in accessing and organizing data sets for inclusion in on-line statistical systems    (30SI)

_X_ development of applications, technologies, or standards to aid in the above    (30SJ)

___ other:    (30SK)

Current Status: _X_ in operation ___ under construction ___ in planning, in conceptual development, under consideration    (30SL)

URL:,,,    (30SM)

Purpose and Audience (Ends): The GSA Office of Intergovernmental Solutions (OIS) hosts 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, health care and law enforcement.    (30SN)

The workshops serve individuals and policy-makers from government, business, and non-government organizations to practice an emerging societal form, Intergovernmental Communities of Practice (CoPs), in light of the Citizen-Centric Government goal of the President’s Management Agenda and the Public Information Access provisions of the E-government Act of 2002.    (30SO)

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 unique and shared 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 innovations.    (30SP)

Brief Description (Means):    (30SQ)

Workshop sponsors beyond GSA are:1) Architecture and Infrastructure Committee of the Federal CIO Council and 2) National Coordination Office of the Interagency Committee on IT R&D (Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT and IT Workforce Development (SEW) Coordinating Group). Sponsors value this “frontier outpost” to open up quality conversations, augmented by information technology, that leverage the collaborative capacity of united and diverse Americans seeking to discover, frame, and act on national potentials. The monthly, open workshops (no fee) are hosted at the National Science Foundation, Ballston, VA. All workshop presentations and findings (thirty-two workshops over the past three years) are posted at    (30SR)

Brief Narrative of History, Current Status, Plans:    (30SS)

During early formative months, workshop participants collaboratively wrote a guide, Extending Digital Dividends: Public Goods and Services that Work for All, published in May 2002. The guide highlights three promising enterprise tools toward Citizen-Centric Government: 1) Voice Application Networks (including N11 services), 2) XML, and 3) Networked Improvement Communities. The guide is available in an XML-based, talking e-book that supports Voice XML, demonstrating a breakthrough in access and navigation of structured government information by phone. A quarterly Emerging Component Conferencehas also been established to assist CoPs see innovation possibilities of agile services frameworks earlier in their development.    (30ST)

Relevant Background Documents (with URLs, if available): Index to all workshops:    (30SA)

Contact information: Address: US General Services Administration, 1800 F ST NW, Room 5224, Wash. DC 20405, Telephone: 202-501-6214. E-mail:    (1DT)