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Background

The Chesapeake Bay Program and its partners have developed the Chesapeake Action Plan (CAP) to strengthen and expand partnerships in the watershed, enhance coordination of restoration activities, and increase the collective accountability for protecting the Chesapeake Bay. The CAP will become a valuable asset in efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed because it is a collaborative product of many Bay Program partners, contains tools to advance restoration work and is a dynamic system that will be adapted and expanded in response to new information and analysis.

Purpose

The September 2008 Bay Journal article "Action plan will coordinate, review Bay cleanup goals" suggests the inventory of actions taken to be available for everyone to examine and interact with to support adaptive management. This will be possible if the Action Plan and all the other documents and data are available in a Web 2.0 Wiki. This is part of the EPA Enterprise Architecture/Data and Information Architecture work by Brand Niemann.

Structure and Interface

Concept Definition Specific Example Comments
Executive Order On May 12, 2009, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order that recognizes the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure and calls on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore and protect the nation’s largest estuary and its watershed. The Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Executive Order established a Federal Leadership Committee that will oversee the development and coordination of reporting, data management and other activities by agencies involved in Bay restoration. The committee will be chaired by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and include senior representatives from the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, Transportation and others. The Executive Order requires that these agencies prepare and submit by September 9, 2009 draft reports that make recommendations. By November 12, the Federal Leadership Committee will integrate these reports into a coordinated strategy for restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. This draft strategy will be available for public comment and a final strategy will be completed by May 12, 2010. Beginning in 2010, the Federal Leadership Committee will publish an annual Chesapeake Bay Action Plan that describes how federal funding will be allocated toward Bay restoration in the upcoming year. It will be accompanied by an Annual Progress Report that reviews indicators of environmental conditions and assesses implementation of the strategy. An independent evaluator will also periodically report on progress toward meeting the goals of the Executive Order. Source: Web Site. Chesapeake Bay Executive Order, May 12, 2009, calling for the federal government to renew its commitment to restoration by demonstrating greater leadership and action. One of the first steps was to provide draft reports with a range of strategies and options for restoring and protecting the nation's largest estuary and its vast watershed. Web Site.  
Report to Congress Directives from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 charged EPA with submitting a report to Congress and to GAO with supporting evidence that demonstrates the 2005 GAO recommendations have been implemented. Describes the collective efforts of CBP partners to implement all the GAO recommendations. The report provides documentation and evidence to demonstrate how these recommendations have been implemented and will support enhanced coordination, collaboration, and accountability among the CBP partners. In addition, the report describes progress to develop the Chesapeake Action Plan (CAP), which is a critical enhancement of the CBP’s management system that supports implementation of the GAO recommendations. Web Site. Strengthening the Management, Coordination, and Accountability of the Chesapeake Bay Program, Report to Congress on July 14, 2008. PDF and Web 2.0 Wiki. Conversion in progress.
Background The Charge for the Chesapeake Action Plan. Web Site. Chesapeake Bay Program: Improved Strategies Are Needed to Better Assess, Report, and Manage Restoration Progress, October 2005, Government Accountability Office (GAO) [GAO-06-96] PDF  
Reports and Documents Various documents were created or referenced throughout the process of developing and adopting the CAP. Documents are organized into two categories: CBP-produced documents and key background documents. Web site.    
Activity Integration Plan (AIP) Identifies and catalogues Chesapeake Bay Program partners’ resources and actions planned or underway by 10 federal, seven state, and two local partners. Web Site. As of May 1, 2008, the data submitted to CBP’s Activity Integration Plan System for 2007 accounted for 885 partner activities valued at $1.1 billion. Partners can also search the system and view standard system reportsDetailed reporting guidance (PDF). Template for reporting in progress.
Dashboards High-level summaries of key information, including clear status of progress, realistic annual targets toward certain Chesapeake 2000 goals, summaries of actions and funding, and critical analyses of the current strategy, challenges, and future emphasis. Web Site. 1. Implementation of Pollution Reduction Practices 
2. Implementation of Agricultural Pollution Reduction Practices   
3. Wastewater Pollution Prevention                                  
4. Fish Passage Restoration  5.Wetlands Restoration Efforts 
6. Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Planting 
7. Blue Crab Fishery Management                        
8. Oyster Reef Restoration 
9. Forest Land Protection 
10. Riparian Forest Buffers Planted             
11. Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience
 

Gov 2.0 Platform Application

See Data and Simplicity Can Build It

The Challenge

The Chesapeake Bay Program and its partners have developed the Chesapeake Action Plan (CAP) to strengthen and expand partnerships in the watershed, enhance coordination of restoration activities, and increase the collective accountability for protecting the Chesapeake Bay. The CAP will become a valuable asset in efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed because it is a collaborative product of many Bay Program partners, contains tools to advance restoration work and is a dynamic system that will be adapted and expanded in response to new information and analysis. 

The Data.gov Program

Data.gov: Pretty Advanced for a One-Year-Old, Vivek Kundra, the USA’s first ever CIO, White House Blog, May 21, 2010: As we look to the next year, we recognize that the Web itself is evolving into a data platform and how important it is to link data from one agency to another or one country to another.  True value lies at the intersection of multiple datasets and what we are witnessing is a continued movement across the world to democratize data, but more importantly the explosion of applications created by the emergence of a community of innovators. So all you innovators out there – what data sets can we try to get out there to help you go further? Tweet your ideas for data we should try to put out with hashtag #datagov, and we’ll see what we can do in year 2.

XML: Better suited for consumption by automated programs capable of handling raw XML files.
CSV/Text: Use this format for easy access to the data. CSV/Text files can be opened by most desktop spreadsheet applications (e.g. MS Excel). Excel: The spreadsheet format used by MS Excel which holds data in charts, worksheets, and macros. KML/KMZ: Used to display geospatial data in Google Earth, Google Maps, and similar applications. Shapefile: Used for consumption by shapefile-compatible mapping applications. Most datasets in shapefile format are updated on a monthly or quarterly basis as they are not “operational” in nature. Maps: Not defined.

RDF: Resource Description Framework (RDF) is the standard model for data interchange on the Web.
PDF: Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to display documents in a manner that is independent of the original application software, hardware, and operating system used to create those documents. A PDF file can describe documents containing any combination of text, graphics and images in a device independent and resolution independent format. PDF is an open standard and anyone may write applications that can read and write PDFs royalty-free.
Source: http://www.data.gov/catalog/raw

The Expert and His Advice

Edward Tufte Presidential appointment announced by White House, March 5, 2010.
NYTimes, Business Week, Newsweek, Washington Post 1, Washington Post 2, NPR interview

Tufte Comment on iPhone interface design: Better to have users looking over material adjacent in space within our eyespan rather than stacked in time. This is especially the case for statistical data, where the fundamental analytical task is to make comparisons. Also see page 159 in the book reference below.

The Cloud Tools

Mindtouch (this Wiki) and Spotfire. Also Google Maps/Earth for basemap image.

The Inspiration

H1N1 Spread Courtesy of TIBCO Spotfire. See Web PlayerYou can do Tufte's Beautiful Evidence (2006) "sparklines" (writing with data graphics) with Tibco Spotfire Bookmarks!

The Data Sources

See Bay Barometer and Bay Watershed Climate

The Process

The Basic Steps:

  • Inventory Data Sources and Plan Application
  • Prepare and Import Data and Metadata
  • Implement Layout and Analytics
  • Add Bookmarks and Create Data Stories
  • Publish and Test in Web Player
  • Get Feedback and Improve
First create visualizations, faceted search (filters), and analytics for each individual data source and then look for relationships between the data sources.

The Results

Slides and Spotfire File and Web Player

First there was Put Your Desktop in the Cloud to Support the Open Government Directive and Data.gov/semantic, April 19, 2010. Second there was Build Your Own Data.gov and EPA Microsite with Semantics and Statistics in the Cloud, May 15, 2010. Third was Build Your Community Health Information "Design for America" Using Mindtouch and Spotfire Analytics, May 17, 2010. Fourth was Build Your Own Data.gov/semantic with Spotfire Analytics in the Cloud: The White House Visitor Database, May 22, 2010. Please see the References for these and the rest.

The author followed Edward Tufte's advice on interface design: "Better to have users looking over material adjacent in space within our eyespan rather than stacked in time. This is especially the case for statistical data, where the fundamental analytical task is to make comparisons" (see page 159, of his book entitled Beautiful Evidence, 2006) and noting that one can do Tufte's "sparklines" (writing with data graphics) with Tibco Spotfire Bookmarks.

The author followed a six step process: Inventory Data Sources and Plan Application, Prepare and Import Data and Metadata, Implement Layout and Analytics, Add Bookmarks and Create Data Stories (in process), Publish and Test in Web Player, and Get Feedback and Improve. Nine sample results are shown in the slides and many more are possible with the open, interactive, and creative environment offered by Mindtouch and Spotfire.

The Bay Health data were organized into 75 tabs in Spotfire Analytics with adjacent panels for Navigation and Metadata, Data Tables, and Data Graphics. Spotfire Analytics uses “linked data”, but not with the Semantic Web's RDF at present. It is “open” in the sense that the Spotfire file (.dxp) can be downloaded from the Web and a 30-day free trial client can be used to perform additional analyses including exporting the data back to Excel, etc. for use in your own applications. The results can be exported to PowerPoint slides, Web pages (static), and the Spotfire Silver Analytics Beta in the Cloud (Web Player) where almost all of the functionality of the desktop client (e.g. sliders, filters, zooming for maps, etc.) is retained except for the ability of the Web user to change the analyses.

Comments

More analytics for Integrated Analyses and Mapping are in process.

Please use the Add Comment feature at the bottom of this wiki page to provide feedback and suggest additional analyses you would like to see. To use the Add Comment feature you first need to register by providing your email address. Your privacy will be respected and your email addressed will not be available to others or used for any other purpose. You can also download the Spotfire File from this Wiki and a 30-day free evaluation copy from http://spotfire.tibco.com/ and reuse these analyses, add your own data to this file or new Spotfire files that you create. Have fun and give us your feedback!

Acknowledgements

The author acknowledges gratefully Dean Allemang, Cory Casanave, Sean Connors, Mills Davis, Li Ding, David Eng, Lee Feigenbaum, Aaron Fulkerson, Jim Hendler, Ralph Hodgson, Kevin Kirby, Kevin Jackson, Bob Marcus, John McMahon, Richard Murphy, Brand Niemann, Jr., Barry Nussbaum, Matthew Phoenix, Tony Shaw, Jeff Stein, George Strawn, George Thomas, Pete Tseronis, and Edward Tufte.

References 

Put Your Desktop in the Cloud to Support the Open Government Directive and Data.gov/semantic, Semantic Universe, April 19, 2010.

Edward R. Tufte, Beautiful Evidence (2006), Graphics Press LLC.

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