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Simplifying Data Access: The Energy Data Collection Project
February 2001 (vol. 34 no. 2)
pp. 47-54

Using technology developed at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute and Columbia University's Department of Computer Science and its Center for Research on Information Access, the Digital Government Research Center seeks to make government statistical data more accessible through the Internet. The authors face major challenges of integrating dispersed data compiled at different times and for different purposes and over-coming the Web browser paradigm's limitations to disseminate complex information derived from multiple sites.

Collaborating with government experts, the DGRC analyzes advanced information systems; develops standards, interfaces, and a shared infrastructure; and manages pilot systems. To address access problems, the authors developed a unified, Web-based user interface for querying and presenting statistical information. Their robust, portable, and efficient interface prototype facilitates user access to data from multiple sources and agencies.

Citation:
José Luis Ambite, Yigal Arens, Eduard Hovy, Andrew Philpot, Luis Gravano, Vasileios Hatzivassiloglou, Judith Klavans, "Simplifying Data Access: The Energy Data Collection Project," Computer, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 47-54, Feb. 2001, doi:10.1109/2.901167
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