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Chris Steins is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.

Pew Internet & American Life Project

Pew Internet & American Life Project

A new report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, "How Americans Get in Touch With Government", shows that 97 million adult Americans, or 77% of Internet users, took advantage of e-gov in 2003, whether that meant going to government Web sites or emailing government officials. This represented a growth of 50% from 2002. At the same time, citizens who contact government said they are more likely to turn to traditional means - either the telephone or in-person visits - rather than the Web or email to deal with government.

URISA PPGIS Preliminary Program

The Preliminary Program has been published for the 3rd Annual URISA Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) Conference.

The event will be held from July 18-20, 2004 at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Conference features 5 tracks with presentations divided into the
following subject areas:

  • Data, Organizational, and Policy Issues Affecting PPGIS Practice
  • PPGIS in Rural Settings and Small Communities
  • PPGIS Theory, Science, and Scientific Methods
  • PPGIS Practice and Implementation

  • 2004 Geospatial Technology Report

    The Geospatial Information & Technology Association has published their sixth annual survey of organizations implementing
    geospatial information technologies. While the full report is $145, a free excerpt from the Executive Summary is available online.

    One interesting question posed by the report: Given the strong interest in "Web-based GIS, could the industry be preparing for a dramatic increase in outsourcing of GIS to third-party providers enabled by the Internet? The ASP (application service provider) model, which some longtime industry experts feel was ahead of its time, could well experience a serious boost from these developments.

    TransXML

    Thanks to Adam Rogers at Wired for this reference to the Transportation Research Board's participation solicitation for XML Schemas for Exchange of Transportation Data.

    XML tells the web browser software about the structure and type of information it's displaying, distinguishing content from format by adding metadata.

    We predicted that planning specialties would begin developing their own XML schemas in a 1999 article for APA's Planning magazine, 'X' Marks the Spot

    Accenture's New e-Gov Report

    Accenture has just released a new e-Government report (May, 2004), e-Government Leadership: High Performance, Maximum Value (PDF, 3MB).

    This is the fifth year that Accenture has surveyed international e-Gov efforts, and they report that they have found five overall trends: eGovernment advances are diminishing; eGovernment leaders are reaping tangible savings; Adoption of e-gov remains a challenge; The challenge of integrating e-gov is changing; and Personalization is emerging.

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