Session Plan: 5 sessions
Session One: Operational
Disaster Warning and Response Overviews
Chair Chris Chiesa, Pacific Disaster
January 25, 14:00-15:30
Abstract: Earth observations
establish the foundation of the physical models and forecast systems that
help us to anticipate hazards. Technological progress and improved dialogue
between the scientific community and disaster management practitioners
within recent decades have brought significant advances in flood early
warning, typhoon tracking, drought monitoring, fire danger alert systems
and seasonal forecasting. At the same time, the capacity to acquire,
interpret and communicate remote observations has supported rapid improvements
in the emergency response. Increasingly, remote observations are featuring
prominently in preparedness and mitigation plans. This session examines
the state of the art and state of the science in the application of earth
observations for disaster early warning and emergency response. Particular
attention is given to the operational aspects how earth observations are
being incorporated into decision support systems and vulnerability assessment
methodologies supporting disaster risk reduction programs.
Disaster Management through Geo-spatial Information: An Operational
Perspective based on Success Stories, Sanjay K
Srivastava, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
of Earthquake Damage Forecasting System and Response Plans in Cooperation
with Mie University and Mie Prefecture Government,
Dr. Jun Kawaguchi, Associate Prof., Mie University
3) Towards the Implementation of an Emergency Warning Analysis & Response
Notification (e-WARN)System, Chris Chiesa , Pacific Disaster Center.
River Flood Early Warning, Manithaphone Mahaxay, Mekong River commission
5) Famine Early Warning System, Peter Scott-Bowden, World Food Programme
Session Two: Web Mapping Services - I
Chair: Pakorn Apaphant, Ph.D., Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development
Co-chair: Dr.Lal Samarakoon, AIT
January 25, 2005
of NOAA and Landsat Image Server using Web Map Service,
and Kiyoshi Honda, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand Abstract
Geographic Information System (W-GIS) for Spatial Data Logging in real
K. Tripathi (Asian
Institute of Technology), Phisan Santitamnont (Chulalongkorn University),
Pakorn Apaphant (GISTDA) Abstract
Pacific Natural Hazards Atlas, Chris Chiesa, Pacific Disaster Center.
Session Three: Web Mapping
Services - II
Chair Pakorn Apaphant, Ph.D., Geo-Informatics
and Space Technology Development Agency
January 26, 2005 11:00-12:30
1) National Spatial Data Infrastructure:
Network and computer point of view, Amonpan Poomchatra,
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency
2) Education and Research in Geoinformatics using free/libre Open Source,
3) A solution to Web Map Service, Junnan
Zhang, MappointAsia (Thailand)Co.
4) Data Utilization and Promotion of JAXA, Mr.Nakanishi, JAXA
5) Digital Asia Research Center, Dr.Lal Samarakoo, AIT
Session Four: Global Earth Observation
System of Systems (GEOSS)
Chair Chris Elvidge, NOAA National Geophysica Data Center (email@example.com).
January 26, 2005 14:00-15:30
In July 2003, the United States hosted the Earth Observation Summit. <http://www.earthobservationsummit.gov/index.html>
The summit brought together 33 nations plus the European Commission to
adopt a declaration that signified a political commitment toward the development
of a comprehensive, coordinated and sustained Earth Observation System
to collect and disseminate improved data, information, and models to stakeholders
and decision makers. These nations agreed to partner to realize a common
goal of establishing an international, comprehensive, coordinated and
sustained Earth Observation System. Nine months later, in Tokyo Japan,
a second Summit was held and more than 50 nations formally adopted a ten-year
implementation plan for a Global Earth Observation System. This Global
Earth Observation System of Systems or GEOSS will help all nations involved
produce and manage their information in a way that benefits the environment
as well as humanity.
1. GEOSS Overview, Chanchai
Peanvijarnpong, Deputy Director of Thailand Geo-Informatics and Space
Technology Development Agency.
2. NOAA plans for near-real-time distribution
of NPOESS data and products, Chris Elvidge, NOAA-NGDC.
Session Five: Panel Discussion:
Improved Dissemination of Geospatial Data for Disaster Warning and Response
Chair Chris Chiesa, Pacific
January 26, 2005 16:00-17:30
Speakers from the previous EM workshop
sessions will be invited to return for a panel discussion that aims to
shed light on how to improve the dissemination of geospatial data relevant
to disaster warning and response. Each speaker will be given five minutes
to share their insights on the topic and the floor will be opened to a
moderated discussion which will be summarized in by the panelâ€™s facilitator.
Session 1. - session topics (Viewpoint of Human Dimensions)
chair: Takaharu Kameoka(Mie University)
1. Short presentation: Introduction of eCulture in APAN Takaharu Kameoka
Mie University, Mie University, Japan
Abstaract: E-Culture is an interdisciplinary research which covers contemporary
politics, economics, social issues and culture. Of course, e-Culture should
be connected to other APAN contents. E- Culture workshop brings together
participants from academia, industry and government to learn and to discuss
about e-Culture activities in the APAN countries. The workshop is organized
by two sessions.
2. Pacific Neighborhood
Consortium (PNC) representative presentation Prof.John A. Lehman University
of Alaska Faibanks.
3. Group session: Digital Resources for e-Culture and Historical Mapping
Proposed chair: Dr. Surat Lertlum, AIT and CCRMA ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Mamoru Shibayama, Center for Southeast Asian Studies ( email@example.com)
Introduction : E-culture, the management and distribution of cultural
data in an electronic environment, can encompass a wide range of approaches,
technologies, infrastructure, and content. Improved global
network connections provide vastly expanded access and greater opportunities
for distribution of digital cultural resources. This panel presents
case studies in the development of e-culture, or networked cultural data
for Southeast Asia.
E-culture serves as a model for participation in data gathering and data
sharing by individuals and communities not traditionally involved in information
technologies as well as access in support of education and research.
Proposed presenters and topics include:
Speaker: Dr. Mamoru Shibayama, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto
Topic: "Digital Archives and Historical GIS in Vietnam and Japan".
Speaker: Dr. David Hastings, UN-ESCAP
brainstorm on developmentally oriented cultural, historical, and eco-
Speaker: Dr. Surat Lertlum, AIT and CCRMA
webserver implementation for historical research in Southeast Asia
Speaker: Dr. Leedom Lefferts, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Drew
Isan travels of Etienne Aymonier: Developing a web-accessible database
on life and culture in Northeast Thailand
Speaker: Dr. Caverlee Cary, GIS Center, UC Berkeley
Topic: An e-culture approach for museums: Defining
the spatial dimension in networked cultural and environmental data
Session 2. - session topics (Culture and ICT)
chair: Piyawut Srichaikul (NECTEC)
Information Continuum and the Making of E-Culture Don Schauder, Chair,
Centre for Community Networking Research Faculty
of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia
Abstarct: This paper argues that e-culture is the societal condition in
which ICTs are used to expand capacity for creative action by individuals
and groups, potentially enhancing the experience of living for all people.
There is evidence of burgeoning interest in e- culture in many countries.
The Information Continuum Model (ICM), developed since 1997 at Monash
University, is used to analyse factors and relationships contributing
to the development of e-culture as a continuous process of knowledge production
and use. The analysis identifies the ways in which the dynamics of e-culture
are transformative, whether in large ways or small. The general aim of
the °e-culture movementâ€² is to promote a positive cycle of knowledge
creation and sharing, fostering diversity and excellence. This vision
of e-culture is expressed, for example in the Letter on E-Culture by the
Netherlands State Secretary for Education Culture and Science, 2002. The
definition of e-culture used in this paper focuses on the positive manifestations
of e- culture in society. However the technologies and dynamics which
make positive e-culture possible can also be subverted to operate against
creative freedom and the open society, establishing and reinforcing artistic
or ideological hegemonies. The UN World Summit on the Information Society
(WSIS) process identifies three key stakeholder categories namely government,
business and civil society. The paper seeks to demonstrate how the inter-
linked typologies within the Information Continuum model can help to monitor
each sectorâ€²s contribution to the development of e-culture. Such monitoring
can help to optimise the conditions for the flourishing of e-culture locally
Archive of Cultural Heritages Atsushi Nakazawa, Cyber Media Center,
Osaka University Katsushi Ikeuchi, Kiminori Hasegawa,
Jun Takamatsu, Takeshi Oishi University of Tokyo
Abstaract: We present an overview of our project to construct a digital
archive of cultural heritages. Among the efforts in our project, in this
presentation, we briefly introduce our research on geometric and photometric
preservation of cultural assets, restoration of their original appearance
and archiving human motions. Digital geometric modeling is achieved through
a pipeline consisting of scanning, registering and merging multiple range
images. For this geometric pipeline, we have developed a robust simultaneous
registration method and an efficient and robust voxel based integration
method. For photometric modeling, we have developed a surface light field
based method, which captures the appearance variation of real world objects
under different viewpoints and illumination conditions from a series of
images. As an attempt to restore the original appearance of historical
heritages, we have reconstructed several buildings and statues that have
been lost in the past. This project is being done in Prof. Katsu Ikeuchi
of University of Tokyo. Further Information is viewed at http://www.cvl.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/research_2004/research_e_2004.htm
Role of Advanced Network in Intercultural Communication: Issues and
Challenges Faridah Noor Mohd. Noor Ph D. (Assoc. Professor), University
of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Abstaract: Culture generally determines our beliefs, attitude and behaviour.
Father of cultural anthropology, Tylor (1958) defines culture as an integrated
system made up of parts acquired through our interaction with those around
us. In our daily interaction, culture comes into play and is inseparable
from communication. Culture not only dictates who talks what, to whom,
how, and why, but also helps to determine how communication proceeds and
messages are encoded to transmit the intended meanings. Messages are decoded
by the receiver with an attempt to perceive the message as intended by
the sender. This presentation would like to highlight that in inter-culture
communication, the likelihood is that parts of messages may or may not
be sent, noticed or interpreted as originally intended by the sender.
The exchange of messages via emails, chats and blogs provides an avenue
for dialogue with different cultural perspectives. The choice of language,
for instance, English, cuts across the cultural distance between different
cultures. However, there remain many questions that need answers: How
much of an intended message is fully transmitted and interpreted? What
sort of negotiations takes place when one is aware of the other personâ€²s
culture? How flexible is one when encountering another from another culture?
With advanced network that enables video conferencing, a more â€³activeâ„ƒ
form of communication, how has this changed such form of communication?
Is communication through video conferencing as good as in talking in person?
The purpose of the presentation is to discuss issues relating to research
of intercultural communication and the possible role of advanced network
in promoting inter- culture awareness and dialogue. It is hoped that it
would chart maps to navigate through the world of intercultural communication
and bring about a safer and more tolerant global com
Authoring Tools : an approach to visualization of temporal-spatial
Makoto Hanashima, Senior Researcher, Institute for Areal Studies, Foundation(IAS),
Ken-ichi Tomobe, Faculty of Economics, KEIO University, Tokyo, JAPAN
Chun-Lin Kuo, Research Fellow, Global
Security Research Center(GSEC), KEIO University Tokyo, JAPAN
In social sciences, most events occur in specific time and space. We call
such events here "temporal-spatial events". It is obvious that
events, having always a beginning and an end, appear at a specific place
or in particular space.Generally speaking, we describe temporal-spatial
events by using the factors such as the temporal attribute "when",
the spatial attribute "where" and the observation of act or
phenomenon "who did what/what became how". Suppose there exists
an conceptual data model regulating some rules to describe those factors,
it enables us to store various temporal-spatial events as data and to
refer with one another.
We, therefore, define a simple temporal-spatial data model, calling "Reki-Show".
We also call the information system, consisting of Reki-Show data model,
"Reki-Show System", and consider Reki-Show System as the basic
information system to deal with the various events in human society.
Accordingly, we have recognized that it is indispensable in the future
social sciences to have the database and tool for both the temporal and
spatial attributes, and have been developing Reki-Show Authoring Tools
based on the conceptual framework in Reki-Show System.
At present, the pre-release version of software has been developed already
through some steps, and the system is now applied to the empirical research.
We would like to make a report of the outline at this stage.
activities in Korea
Abstract: From DancingQ project in 2003, ANF have tried to show traditional
cultural events on R&E network infrastructure by gathering and streaming
with DV and HDV technologies. In this talk, we would show the brief introduction
of ANF performance task force and collaboration activities with other
Working groups and global partners, then you could see some recent activities
Field Server (the Sensor Net) Application to Information, Environmental
Education and International Communication with eCulture Scheme
Wataru Yaguchi, Hiroshi Shimamura Elab-Experience Ltd., Japan
Atsushi Hashimoto, Yoshinori Sato, Kenichi Tanbo, Takaharu Kameoka Mie
Masayuki Hirafuji, Seishi Ninomiya National Agricultural Research Center,
We have been developing the field server and Broker system as a solution
platform in agricultural field. The system has been added a function for
the observation of terrestrial environment as a new role since a number
of field servers have been already installed and the number is still increasing.
We would like to apply our intellectual property which has been acquired
through our long term research and field experiment to the educational
program for young generation. This program presents an environmental study
to find the global state of all the living things on earth. At the same
time, we would like to encourage children not only to study the environment
around them but also to be concerned about environment protection activity.
We are also planning to make research and development of communication
interface and visualization software for the field server and MetBroker
system, which can be used by children without expertise. This system provides
an easy metrological observation method including UV amount and CO2 density
measurement as an index of global warming state. Furthermore, through
the collaboration work with educational NPOs, we would like to advance
the comprehensive e-cultural study which consists of IT, environmental
study and international communication.