Workshop/Sessions - NR / e *
2005.1.25 (tue) ~ 2005.1.27 (thur)                                                                                                 <updated on 2005.2.1>

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Success stories in APAN AG-WG related projects since its initiation Co-sponsor by: HAII, NARO, MAFFIN, JIRCAS
Time: 2005.1.25 (tue)
Place: Room D
(original proposal)

Organizing chairs:
Pisuth Paiboonrat (HAII, AG_WG chair); Sieshi Ninomiya (NARC-NARO)
Mizushima Akira (NARC-NARO) ; MAFFIN (TBA) ; JIRCAS-Thai (TBA)
To share experiences on the success case of using Information and communication technology in agriculture and natural resources management. This session also includes the success cases for using IT for rural development and poverty reduction in the region. The outcome of these cases would be impacted to some area or communities in the Asia-Pacific. It is a fundamental for learning process that become knowledge and innovation later on.
Session Plan:
Success cases for IT for agriculture and natural resources management, Village that Learn (IT for community)


Asia Pacific Disaster Warning and Response

Time: 2005.1.25 (tue)
Place: Room D
2005.1.26 (wed)
Place: Room A
(original proposal)


Organizing Chairs:
Chris Elvidge

To explore ways to improve the dessimantion of geospatial data related to disaster warning and response in the Asia Pacific region.

Session Plan: 5 sessions
Session One: Operational Disaster Warning and Response Overviews
Chair Chris Chiesa, Pacific Disaster Center (
January 25, 14:00-15:30

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.

1) Enabling Disaster Management through Geo-spatial Information: An Operational Perspective based on Success     Stories, Sanjay K Srivastava, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
2) Development 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.

4) Mekong 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 Agency
( ).

Co-chair: Dr.Lal Samarakoon, AIT
January 25, 2005 16:00-17:30

1) Development of NOAA and Landsat Image Server using Web Map Service, Sarawut Ninsawat and Kiyoshi Honda, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand Abstract
Wireless Geographic Information System (W-GIS) for Spatial Data Logging in real time, Nitin K. Tripathi (Asian Institute of Technology), Phisan Santitamnont (Chulalongkorn University), Pakorn Apaphant (GISTDA) Abstract
3) Asia Pacific Natural Hazards Atlas, Chris Chiesa, Pacific Disaster Center. 
4)TerraSAR-X, Dr.Babu, Pasco

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,
Phisan Santitamnont, Chulalongkorn Uni.
3) A solution to Web Map Service,
Junnan Zhang, MappointAsia (Thailand)Co. LTD.
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 (
January 26, 2005 14:00-15:30

In July 2003, the United States hosted the Earth Observation Summit. <> 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.

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 Disaster Center (
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 panel’s facilitator.


CyberInfrastructure for future Earth System Development

Time: 2005.1.27 (thur)
Place: Room A
(original proposal)

Prof Jaiho Oh
Dr. Don Middleton

This workshop is to launch the global consortium in future Earth System Development over the world as a virtual
organization based on GRID-enabled IT framework through regional collaborations. We will discuss how to integrate
existing national-level earth system development projects into global efforts to get greater benefits from this long-term
commitment by sharing resources available and experiences accumulated at developed countries in this field.   It is
expected to provide an integrated, high-end system of computing, data facilities, connectivity, software,
services, and instruments that enables all scientists and engineers in earth system development to work in new ways on
advanced research problems that would not otherwise be solved (cited from ESG II, USA).

Session Plan:

  1. Lee, Byong Lyel : Short Introduction ESWG (video)
  2. Middleton, Don : Short presentation on the GO-ESSP effort
  3. Lee, Byong Lyel : ES2 and its application to FWIS/CAgM (video)
  4. Lee, Dong IL : METGRID (video)
  5. Oh, Jai Ho : The Regional R&D Framework for Ensemble Prediction of Rapidly Developing S.W.P. based on HPN &GRID Technolog


Multilingual Information Exchange Sponsored by JIRCAS

Time: 2005.1.27 (thur)
Place: Room A
(original proposal)

Assanee K. (Kasesaat Univ.); Pisuth Paiboonrat (HAII, AG-WG chair)
Osamu Koyama (JIRCAS); Seishi Ninomiya (NARO-NARC)
Having the similar background of agriculture and natural resources in the region, there is a lot of information that should be shared among the Asian countries. The big diversity of the culture in language and character sets of the region, however, prevents us from sharing it. In the last few years, several emerging technologies for practical multilingual information exchange have been proposed. This workshop will provide an opportunity for us to discuss about the technologies that make information exchange possible even under multilingual environments.

Session Plan:
- Tutorial session chair: Assanee K. (Kasesaat Univ.)
Speaker 1: Seishi Ninomiya, National Agricultural Research Organization : Data-mining and Text-mining

Speaker 2: Presentation by FAO : Multilingual Information Exchange
Speaker 3: Hiroko AOKI: Building a Multilingual Thesaurus for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Japan
Speaker 4: Choy-Kim CHUAH : Building A Specialized Multilingual Dictionary from General Monolingual Dictionaries

- Demo session chair: Assanee K. (Kasesaat Univ.)


eCulture WG (bof)
eCulture Workshop

Time: 2005.1.26 (wed)
Place: Room D

(original proposal)


Takaharu Kameoka (Mie Univ.)
Dae Yong Kim (ANF/CNU)
Piyawut Srichaikul (NECTEC)
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.

Session Plan:
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 ( and
                        Dr. Mamoru Shibayama, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (
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 University
Topic: "Digital Archives and Historical GIS in Vietnam and Japan".
Speaker: Dr. David Hastings, UN-ESCAP
Topic: A brainstorm on developmentally oriented cultural, historical, and eco- e-tourism
Speaker: Dr. Surat Lertlum, AIT and CCRMA
Topic: E-culture webserver implementation for historical research in Southeast Asia
Speaker: Dr. Leedom Lefferts, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Drew University
Topic: The 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)
1. The 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 movement′ 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 sector′s contribution to the development of e-culture. Such monitoring can help to optimise the conditions for the flourishing of e-culture locally and globally.

2. Digital 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

3. The 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 person′s culture? How flexible is one when encountering another from another culture? With advanced network that enables video conferencing, a more ″active℃ 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

4. Reki-Show Authoring Tools : an approach to visualization of temporal-spatial database
Makoto Hanashima, Senior Researcher, Institute for Areal Studies, Foundation(IAS), Tokyo, JAPAN
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.

5. e-culture 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 in Korea.

6. The 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 University, Japan
Masayuki Hirafuji, Seishi Ninomiya National Agricultural Research Center, NARO, Japan 

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.