Mon.,Wed 1-2:30 PM 110 Marshall
John Felleman 108B Marshall 315-470-6550
Our broad general consensus on the primacy of environmental health continues to evolve toward an ethic of sustainability. This is to be achieved through shared responsibility for behaviors, resources, and accountabilites by all sectors of society. As our natural and social sciences' understanding of environmental processes continue to deepen and complicate, the role of information in our participatory democracy has emerged as a critical policy arena. The complex dynamics between the needs of public agencies to generate information and knowledge regarding the environment, and the needs of citizens and business for both information and privacy/secrecy are taking place in the midst of an accelerating revolution in information technology.
After a generation of emphasizing narrowly focused pollution emission regulations it has become increasingly clear that we remain very ignorant about how complex environmental systems actually function. A new approach of "Adaptive Management" is emerging wherein environmental actions are treated as long term experiments requiring monitoring, modeling analysis, and (often) modification. The fundamental bias of this course is that environmental sustainability in a capitalistic democracy is highly dependent upon continuous, information driven,pluralistic knowledge building which effectively links natural systems information, ownership responsibilities, and communities of stakeholders.
This course is intended to: (A) Provide graduate students from a broad spectrum of programs a critical set of frameworks for understanding the historical basis of environmental information policy; (B) Introduce a set of key information policy issue sets including: generation; dissemination; and stewardship; and (C) Provide an opportunity to relate this subject to their individual program focus.
The basic class format will be lecture/discussion.
Most classes will have a designated "discussion leader". The text is my
Deep Information. Two copies are available in Moon
Library Reserves. If you are interested in buying a copy (get a SOFT
COVER- much cheaper),
go to ESRI's bookstore at:
or go to Barnes and Noble at:
A variety of handouts, reserve materials, and Internet resources will also be used.
Assigned readings are to be completed before class. Each student is to develop an electronic Glossary of relevant course terms. Topic leaders will e-mail post initial glossary definitions from the readings and lecture within one meeting of topic coverage. Students and faculty can use e-mail responses to continue a topic's discussion as needed. Although styles can vary, Glossary entries are to be kept in alphabetical order, and Glossary subjects are more like an abridged encyclopedia (descriptions, examples, links to other terms) than a dictionary. As many concepts such as "record" have multiple meanings, entries should evolve. Sketch illustrations should be used where helpful, and key sources cited.
For the Term
Paper, each student will select an environmental management
topic and develop a critical case study. The subject's current information
flows and policy practices are described through the policy lenses of generation,
dissemination, and stewardship. The subsequent constructive critique should
be from the perspective of the course's adaptive management/sustainabile
environment bias. The paper will include graphic dataflow models in the
body, an annotated bibliography of sources, and a glossary of those information
policy terms used.
The Glossary is 20% of the grade. The mid-term exam is 30%; term paper is 40%; class participation 10%. The latter is based on both in-class and e-mail contributions. An oral presentation of the term paper is required but not graded.
There are numerous reasons to encourage extensive use of information technologies in this course. Many of the current information policies and practices are best found via the net. In addition, most of our current environmental programs (such as pollution regulations, and requirements for Environmental Impact Statements) were developed in a hard copy world. Much of the current focus on revising information policy centers on electronic issues including uses and abuses of the Internet. Students are ecouraged to explore, assess, and share evolving net reources with the class.
(Note: Topical adjustments may be made based on student's backgrounds and interests. Resource citations may be updated weekly. Please periodically check the electronic version.)
|1||8/30||INTRODUCTIONS; OPEN ENTERPRISES|
|2||9/1||GREENETOWNE, ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT||Felleman Ch. 1,3|
|3||9/13||FLOW DIAGRAMMING||Felleman Ch.2|
|4||9/13||WETLANDS CASE- DESCRIPTION||***Before Class
|5||9/27||WETLANDS CASE-CONSTRUCTIVE CRITIQUE|
|II. INFORMATION POLICY FRAMEWORK|
|7||10/4||INFO. POLICY HISTORY||Relyea; Carson Video
**Paper Topic Due
|10||10/18||GENERATION: PHYSICAL AND LOGICAL FORMATS||Felleman Ch. 4;
|13||10/27||DISSEMINATION: COPYRIGHT; PRICING
****Intial Glossary Due
|14||11/1||DISSEMINATION: TRADE SECRETS||Web14|
|III. SPATIAL INFORMATION|
|18||11/15||Overview: Maps;Remote Sensing;GIS;GPS|
|19||11/17||LAND INFORMATION SYSTEMS||Felleman Ch.6;
|20||11/22||FEDERAL SPATIAL DATA SHARING||Web20|
|21||11/29||STATE AND LOCAL DATA SHARING||Web21|
|22||12/1||Flood Insurance||Felleman Ch. 8
|23||12/6||Citizen Monitoring||Felleman pp. 79-83
|12/10||****Final Glossaries Due|
|12/14||****Term Papers Due|
Class 7 Policy History
OMB Circulars A-16 Mapping Coordination, A-130 Information Resources Management
read: Privacy Act Sections
Go to: http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/coogwww.html
read: FAQs about NY's Personal Privacy Protection Law
Go To: http://www.itpolicy.gsa.gov/mke/fedwebm/privacy/
read sections related to protecting privacy on Federal Web sites
Go To: http://www.census.gov/geo/www/garm.html
read Chap.2, pp.2-1 thru 2-14 about Census geography and privacy protection
Go to: http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/
read: General Information- Copyright Basics
Go to: http://www.benedict.com/
From class #11, revisit FOIA, and NY's FOIL to review
the policies on pricing.
Go to: NCGIA Initiative 16:Law and Information for Spatial
Read: "Should Local Governments Sell Local Spatial Databases Through State Monopolies? "
Go to: http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/topn/
1. Locate the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990
2. read Chapter 133 Sections 13101 Policy, 13106 ...Data Collection
3. Near the end of 13106 hot link to Sec. 11042 Trade Secrets
4. Then link (use right hand frame) to Parallel Authoriies CFR, and browse
40 CFR part 350 Trade Secrets
Go to the NY State Archives
and Records Administration (SARA):
1. Read "Archives and Records Management Law"
2. Go to "Record Retention and Disposal Shedules for State Agencies"
Read the home page then read the section on "Health, Safety, and Security Records";
3. Browse the new policies related to E-Mail:
to: Direct Line Software http://www.ultranet.com/~deeds/Land
Review: Transferring Land; A Typical Deed; Deed Books; Metes and Bounds
to: Federal Geographic Data Committee http://www.fgdc.gov/
1. Under FGDC (in left frame) read OMB Circular A-16
Review Image Map of FGDC Organization
2. Under NSDI (National Spatial Data Infrastructure) in left frame read the home page, and
Executive Order #12906
3. Under Clearinghouse (left frame) try a data search
4. Under Publications (in left frame) scan offerings, view the slide show: "OpenMap Testbed: Beyond Clearinghouse"
* New 5. Go to the Natinal Academy (of Sciences) Press, Reading room:
Toward A Coordinated Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Nation (1993);
Promoting the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Through Partnerships(1995)
to NYS Office for Technology: http://www.irm.state.ny.us/
1. Go to : Technology Policies, read Policy 96-3 State Agency Participation, and Policy 97-6 Geographic Data Sharing
2. Go to: GIS Clearinghouse, and review Site Map, and GIS Data Sharing Cooperative
Go to Lake George Association:
read What is LGA,
tour the site.
Go to EPA's Water Quality Monitoring Home Page:
http://www.epa.gov/owow/monitoring/index.html Read "Introduction";and "Information Systems". Go to "Volunteer Monitoring", Read: "What Is Volunteer Monitoring?"; and
"Volunteer Monitor's Guide to Quality Assurance Project Plans- Ch1. Intro."
Monitoring Groups On-Line look at
Texas Watch, and check out its