ENS 673 Environmental Information Policy   F 1999

Mon.,Wed 1-2:30 PM           110  Marshall

John Felleman                       108B Marshall    315-470-6550

 felleman@esf.edu                  http://www.esf.edu/es/felleman



Contents:

OVERVIEW
CLASS FORMAT-Readings
GLOSSARY
TERM PAPER
GRADING
INTERNET
SCHEDULE


OVERVIEW

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.

CLASS FORMAT

    The basic class format will be lecture/discussion. Most classes will have a designated "discussion leader". The text is my book, 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:
 http://gisstore.esri.com/acb/showprod.cfm?&DID=6&CATID=12&ObjectGroup_ID=180

or go to Barnes and Noble at:
http:www.barnesandnoble.com

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.



GRADING

    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.


INTERNET

    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.


SCHEDULE
(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.)
 
 
 
Class Date Topic  Readings
         I. OVERVIEW  
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
Assignment
5 9/27 WETLANDS CASE-CONSTRUCTIVE CRITIQUE  
                II. INFORMATION POLICY FRAMEWORK  
6 9/27 POLICY Felleman Ch.5;
Burger
7 10/4 INFO. POLICY HISTORY Relyea; Carson Video
Web7
8 10/6 GENERATION: LEGITIMIZATION
**Paper Topic Due
Web8
9 10/13 GENERATION: CLASSIFICATION Web9
10 10/18 GENERATION: PHYSICAL AND LOGICAL FORMATS Felleman Ch. 4;
Web
11 10/20 DISSEMINATION: FOIA Web11
12 10/25 DISSEMINATION: PRIVACY Web12
13 10/27 DISSEMINATION: COPYRIGHT; PRICING
****Intial Glossary Due
Web13
14 11/1 DISSEMINATION: TRADE SECRETS Web14
15 11/3 DISSEMINATION: SECURITY Web15
16 11/8 STEWARDSHIP Web16
17 11/10 ****Midterm Exam  
              III. SPATIAL INFORMATION  
18 11/15 Overview: Maps;Remote Sensing;GIS;GPS
19 11/17 LAND INFORMATION SYSTEMS Felleman Ch.6;
Web19
20 11/22 FEDERAL SPATIAL DATA SHARING Web20
21 11/29 STATE AND LOCAL DATA SHARING Web21
             IV. TOPICS   
22 12/1 Flood Insurance Felleman Ch. 8
Web22
23 12/6 Citizen Monitoring Felleman pp. 79-83
Web 23
24 12/8 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS  
12/10 ****Final Glossaries Due
12/14 ****Term Papers Due 



Fall '99 Web links:

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Class 7  Policy History
     OMB Circulars A-16 Mapping Coordination, A-130 Information Resources Management
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/EOP/OMB/html/index-info.html



Class 8   Generation: Legitimization
    Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 USC Title 44 Chapter 35 Sections:1,2,3,4,7: http://www.legal.gsa.gov/


Class 9   Generation: Classification
    Look At NYS Assessors Information Requirements for Residential Property: http://www.orps.state.ny.us/


Class 11     Dissemination: FOIA
    Go to :     http://www.citizen.org/public_citizen/litigation/foic/
                read:  the "Freedom...Guidebook"; "Highlights of the Electronic FOIA"
            Go to:      http://www.epa.gov/unix0008/info/foia/feedbfoi.html
                look at sumitting an electronic FOIA request
            Go to:      http://www.epa.gov/nrmp
                read:  "What is a record?"
            Go to:     http://www.usdoj.gov/oip/foi-act.htm
                read: "FOIA Reading Rooms"
            Go to:     http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/coogwww.html
                review: "FAQ's- Freedom of Information Law"


Class 12    Dissemination: Privacy

     Go to:       http://www.tncrimlaw.com/foia_indx.html
                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



Class 13   Dissemination: Copyright; Pricing

         COPYRIGHT
                                Go to:    http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/
                                    read: General Information-  Copyright Basics
                                Go to:   http://www.benedict.com/
                                    browse around

         PRICING
                                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
                                    DataBases   http://www.spatial.maine.edu/tempe/tempe94.html
                                     Read: "Should Local Governments Sell Local Spatial Databases Through State Monopolies? "



Class 14    Dissemination: Trade Secrets

         TRADE SECRETS
                            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



Class 15   Dissemination: Security
               SECURITY
                                Go to:  http://www.heritage.tnc.org/nhp/us/ny/index.html#4
                                    read this page;


Class 16  Stewardship

        Go to the NY State Archives and Records Administration (SARA):
                        1. Read "Archives and Records Management Law"
                              http://unix6.nysed.gov/services/state-agency/laws.htm;
                        2. Go to "Record Retention and Disposal Shedules for State Agencies"
                              http://unix6.nysed.gov/services/state-agency/gsann.htm
                                Read the home page then read the section on "Health, Safety, and  Security Records";
                        3. Browse the new policies related to E-Mail:
                              http://unix6.nysed.gov/services/recmgmt/email.htm



Class 19  Land Information Systems

    Go to: Direct Line Software     http://www.ultranet.com/~deeds/Land Record Reference
        Review: Transferring Land; A Typical Deed; Deed Books; Metes and Bounds



Class 20   Federal Spatial Data Sharing

     Go 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:
    http://www.nap.edu/
Peruse:
   Toward A Coordinated Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Nation (1993);
   Promoting the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Through Partnerships(1995)



Class 21   State and Local Data Sharing

    Go 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



Class 22   Flood Insurance
       Go to the FEMA Home Page  http://www.fema.gov/  "Maps"-  "Flood Hazard Mapping": 1.Browse: "National Flood Insurance Program"
                   2. Read about "Map Modernization"
 



Class 23   Citzen Monitoring

    Go to Lake George Association: http://www.capital.net/com/lga/LGA.html  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."

 Select Volunteer Monitoring Groups On-Line look at Texas Watch, and check out its "Data Viewer"