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AFRIK-IT  November 1995

AFRIK-IT November 1995

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Workshop on DSS

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Zbigniew Mikolajuk <[log in to unmask]>

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Please find attached information on the Workshop on decision-support systems
for sustainale development organized by the United Nations University/IIST
and International Developmet Research Centre.
Zbigniew Mikolajuk
Senior Program Specialist
Information and Communication Technologies
International Development Research Centre
250 Albert Street, P.O.Box 8500
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, K1G 3H9
Tel: (613) 236 6163 ext. 2049
Fax: (613) 563 3858
E-mail (Internet): [log in to unmask]
X.400:  N=Zbigniew Mikolajuk;C=CA;A=ATTMAIL;P=GC+IDRC
 
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 SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY FOR AGENDA'21
 
 DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (DSS f. SD)
 
 
  SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT encompasses, in an integrated
  way, considerations of economic growth, social progress and equity,
  protection of the environment and rational use of natural resources.
 
 
SUMMARY of EXPERT GROUP WORKSHOP:
 
 
TOPIC: SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY for DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
          for SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
 
Two Week  Expert Group Workshop : February 26 --- March 8, 1996
 
VENUE: UNUIIST, Macau
 
SPONSORS:
 
** IDRC: International Development Research Centre of Canada
** UNUIIST
** The Macau Foundation
 
PARTICIPANTS :
 
** End Users: Public and Private Sector Decision Makers
** Domain Specialists / Planners
** Scientists/Researchers in the area of DSS
** Software Technologists and Developers
 
EXPERT GROUP WORKSHOP AIMS & ONJECTIVES,
DOMIANS OF APPLICATION
and SYNOPSIS: { Please See Annexure: 'A' }
 
EXPERT GROUP WORKSHOP FORMAT : { Please See Annexure: 'B' }
 
** Some 8 distinguished lectures
** Some 8 distinguished DSS for SD Case Study Presentations:
   Africa, Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America
** Some 20 Scientific Papers --- hereby being solicited!
** Some 12 Commercial and Public Domain Software Presentations and Hands-on
   Sessions
** 3 Round Table Discussions
** Exhibition on Extensive Collection of Applications Software, Videos,
   Literature
 
CALL for TECHNICAL/SCIENTIFIC PAPERS:  { Please See Annexure: 'C' }
 
UNU/IIST and MACAU: { Please See Annexure: 'D' }
 
 
 =========================================================================
                                ANNEXURE: 'A'
 
                                AIMS & OBJECTIVES, DOMAINS, SYNOPSIS:
 =========================================================================
AIMS & OBJECTIVES:
 
 
** Awareness in Developing Countries of DSSfSD  and requirements
   to supporting   Software Technologies.
 
** A Proposal for   Software Architecture Requirements
   for a    Next Generation  DSSfSD --- call it a   DSS
   Development Workbench .
 
** A Proposal for broadly based   Training & Awareness Courses
    on DSSfSD
 
** A Worldwide Net of collaborators around the topic of
   DSSfSD ---  especially in Developing Countries ---
   a Group that perhaps could take up future collaborative
   research & development work on DSS for SD and also foster the
   interest in DSS area among  NGOs, International Development Banks,
   and UN Agencies.
 
 
DOMAINS OF DSS for SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
 
Within the first  areas (1-2  below)  topics are
mentioned in order of increasing detail.
 
1. Environmental:
 
 ** Natural resource management
 ** Environmental impact assessment
 ** Pollution control
 
2. Economic:
 
  ** Land use planning: city and rural areas
  ** Land and water management for sustainable agriculture
  ** Watershed management for sustainable agriculture
 
3. Disaster management --- prediction, assessment, relief and recovery:
    ** Flood control
    ** Drought mitigation
 
4. Community --- identification of needs and location of:
    ** Primary (etc.) health services
    ** Primary (etc.) education
 
5. Urban & regional planning:
   ** Mega-city issues: public transport, water supply, ...
 
 
SYNOPSIS:
 
        Information processing for decision support is provided by
various software packages such as commonly labeled: GIS( Geographic
Information Systems), DIS(Demographic Information Systems),
DBMS(Database Management Systems) , KBS(Knowledge Based Systems) ,
and Expert System Shells, Computer Based Modeling, etc.
An operational DSS requires that these packages are integrated in
coherent development and delivery systems which respond to user
interface requirements in specific domains.
 
To meet these requirements a DSS specific set of software
architectures need to be identified. Interdisciplinary discussion
on decision making processes and related information systems should
help in determination of DSS functionalities and software architectures.
 
        Agenda 21 document calls for improvement in information system
support for decision making processes in developing countries. IDRC and
UNU/IIST  will contribute to the achievement of this objective by
developing a research and training programme on DSS for SD: Decision
Support Systems for Sustainable Development.
 
The programme will address technical as well as cultural, social and
economic issues of DSS development which aim at applications of
operational DSSs.
 
        The main first event of the programme is the Expert Group
Workshop  designed to bring together software developers, domain
specialists and decision-makers/users.
 
We expect that the   Expert Group Workshop  will provide a forum
for interdisciplinary discussions on functional and user interface
requirements,  which will affect the successful deployment and
institutionalization of operational DSSs.
 
Participants of the Expert Group Workshop  will have an opportunity
to experiment with  state of the art software tools and share
their experiences.
 
The Expert Group Workshop  activities will include lectures of
distinguished scholars, presentation of scientific papers,
demonstration of existing operational and prototype systems,
familiarization with relevant software tools and open (Round Table)
discussions on DSS development and on DSS applications at different
levels of the government.
 
It is also an aim of the Expert Group Workshop  to develop
concepts of research projects, training course and awareness
building measures.
 
 
 ==========================================================================
                        ANNEXURE: 'B'
 
                        WORKSHOP AGENDA & FORMAT:
 ==========================================================================
 
WORKSHOP AGENDA & FORMAT:
 
 
 INVITED  LECTURES and  CASE  STUDIES:
 
KEYNOTE LECTURES:
 
**  General DSS Issues and Survey of Research Issues
    Prof. Gregory E. Kersten,Carleton University Ottawa,
    Ontario, Canada
 
**  DSS: State of the Art
 
**  DSS for Sustainable Development
    Prof. J. G. Krishnayya, Systems Research Institute, Pune, India
 
**  DSS for Sustainable Development: Environmental Issues
    Prof. Michael  Batty, University College, London
 
**  DSS Software Architectures
    Dr. David Abel, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia
 
**  GIS in DSS f. SD
    Prof. Anthony Yeh, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
 
**  Domain Specific Software Architectures
    Dr. Will Tracz, Loral Federal Systems, Owego, USA
 
**  Requirements for Government DSS
    Prof. Hisham  El Sherif, IDSC, Cairo, Egypt
 
 
DISTINGUISHED DSS CASE STUDY PRESENTATIONS:
 
 
**  Africa : Population Growth and Renewable Resources:
             Clean Water and Energy
             Prof.  M.  Tchuente, Universite de Yaounde, Yaounde, Cameroun
             Prof.   M.  K.  Luhandjula, Universite de Kinshasa,
             Kinshasa,  Zaire
 
**  Arab World: Land Management and Agriculture
                Prof.  Ahmed Rafea, Ministry of Agriculture,
                Cairo, Egypt
 
**  Asia: Population Growth, Education and Women Issues
          Economic Planning and Water & Sanitation Management
          Prof.  E.  D.  Gamboa, ECOKNOWMICS Project, Manila, Philippines
 
**  Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) & Eastern Europe :
                     Decision-making in River-basin Management
                     Dr. V. S. Chabanyuk, Institute of Cybernetics,
                     Kiev, Ukraine
 
**  Latin America : Population Growth and Health & Social Services
                    Prof. Brent Hall, University of Waterloo, Canada
                    Dr.  Serge Poulard, ECLAC, Santiago, Chile
                    Dr.  Arthur Conning, ECLAC, Santiago, Chile
 
 
COMMERCIAL & PUBLIC DOMAIN SOFTWARE PRESENTATIONS:
 
  DSS SPECIFIC PACKAGES:
 
 This list is currently under review.
 
 
** Calyx
** Facet
** RIKS                           UNU/IIST
** EXSYS                          UNU/IIST
** Env.Inf.DB/UNEP
** C4.5, Hanoi IoIT               UNU/IIST
** Stella
 
SOFTWARE TOOLS for DSS:
 
 This list is currently under review.
 
 
** APIC
** ARC/INFO                        UNU/IIST
** ArcView                         UNU/IIST
** ENVI
** Galaxy
** IDRISI                           UNU/IIST
** INTERGRAPH
** ER Mapper
** MapInfo                          UNU/IIST
** PopMap                           UNU/IIST
** REDATAM                          UNU/IIST
** Smart Elements
** Waltps                           UNU/IIST
 
 
 
 
So far UNU/IIST  has installed UNU/IIST marked systems. More will be
installed.
 
These packages will be available  but no
large effort will be made to ``trade show'' these.
 
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION:
 
** DSSs:  Contexts, Experience and Expectations
 
** Organizational and Institutional Issues in the Deployment of
  DSSfSD s
 
** Future Collaborative Work
 
** A Worldwide DSS f. SD Working Group
 
 
** Readiness of target countries to absorb new generation DSS and
   ability to deploy successful applications filtering directly into
   planning process.
 
 
EXHIBITION:
 
** Literature: Books, Journals, Reports
** DSS Products
** Video Materials
 
 ==========================================================================
                        ANNEXURE: 'C'
CALL for TECHNICAL/SCIENTIFIC PAPERS:
 
 ==========================================================================
 
CALL for TECHNICAL/SCIENTIFIC PAPERS:
 
For  the suggested topics below we emphasize their implications for
software architecture such that this software is problem and user oriented.
 
 
**  Decision Making Processes and Theory of Decision Making
 
**  Issues for successful DSS deployment
 
**  Advanced Technology in DSS Development
 
**  Software Integration and User Interface Issues
 
**  Multi-lingual Software Development: Methods & Tools
 
**  Domain Specific DSS: Examples
 
**  Various information systems and their role as DSS
 
GUIDELINES:
 
 
** Please submit title and extended abstract --- 5--10 pages
   at the least ---enough to judge technical and scientific
   merits of the contribution and especially the relevance to
   the Expert Group Workshop. This is to be a draft version of a
   full length paper to be ready by the time of the  Expert Group Workshop.
 
** Please adhere strictly to the   DSS for SD thematic  and   Software
   Technology orientation  details given under   Aims & Objectives,
   Domains for DSS for SD,  and   Synopsis . Papers that do not
   adhere will not be considered. Please summarize, in your extended
   abstract, how your paper contributes to this aspect of   Software
   Technology for Agenda'21 .
 
** Please rush this paper, in one copy, in envelope marked: Software
   Technology for Agenda'21  before  December 15, 1995 , to both:
 
 
**  Dr. Mohd  Rais, Fellow, UNU/IIST, P.O. Box 3058,
    Macau;
    fax: +853-712.940; E-mail: [log in to unmask]
 
and:
 
**  Dr. Z. Mikolajuk, IDRC, 250 [log in to unmask] St., P.O.Box 8500, Ottawa,
    Canada K1G 3H9;
    fax: +1-613-563.3858; E-mail: [log in to unmask]
 
 
** Since time is short, please let us know now, that is within days
   of your receiving this call, whether you intend to submit  and
   participate: rough
   title and 10 line abstract. Please indicate any funding needs.
 
** To help us evaluate your paper submit also --- right now --- a
   brief, 1--2 page CV: Bio-data with references to current work relevant to
   the Theme of the Expert Group Workshop.
 
** The Expert Group Workshop gives
   preference to young, bright, active people from developing countries
   and seeks a reasonable geographical balance of representation. The
   Expert Group Workshop has limited funding for participation --- so:
 
** Try seek funding, maybe from local UN sources, or, if
   you have a locally or internationally sponsored DSS for SD project, from it.
 
** Start preparing now for seeking any relevant exit visas (from
   your country and transit visas through Hong Kong if relevant). We will
   help secure entry visas to Macau in time for your possible participation.
 
** If your paper is accepted ---  and funding can be made available ---
   then bring your final paper in 2--3
   good quality copies with you to the Feb. 26 --- March 8, 1995
   Expert Group Workshop.
 
 =======================================================================
                        ANNEXURE:'D'
 
                        The UNU/IIST , MACAU &  HOW to REACH
 =======================================================================
The UNU/IIST :
 
UNU/IIST is a Research and Training Centre ( RTC) of the UNU.
It formally came into being on March 12th 1991, with the signing
in Macau of agreements between the UNU, the Governor of Macau,
and the Governments of Portugal and the People's Republic of
China. UNU/IIST commenced operations on 2. July 1992.
 
 
UNU/IIST is fundamentally concerned with the software technology
needs of developing countries. It is the first international
institute devoted to this subject. The Institute has joined the
family of Research & Training Centres of the United Nations
University (UNU) at a time when, although the growth of computer
usage in the developing countries is quite high, most of them
urgently need the establishment or expansion of both basic and
advanced training, development and research facilities. Thus there
is at once a lack of available software professionals for industrial
growth and a chronic shortage of educators and trainers of the
professionals of the future. The UNU/IIST aims at fulfilling
these requirements.
 
For more information please see home page on WWW:
{ http://hyperg.iist.unu.edu/Cdss }
 
 
MACAU &  HOW to REACH:
 
The Territory of Macau, which includes the peninsula of Macau
and two nearby islands, Taipa and Coloane, is situated on the
southern coast of China in the western part of the Pearl river
delta. Macau covers an area of 17 square kilometers and has a
population of almost 400,000. It is a duty free port with no
currency import/export restrictions. Portuguese and Chinese are the
official languages while English is also spoken.
 
Founded in the middle of the sixteenth century, Macau has been
administered by the Portuguese for more than 400 years. In 1987,
Portugal and China issued a Joint Declaration on an agreement
to transfer administration of the Territory from the Portuguese
Government to the Chinese Government on December 20, 1999.
 
>From April to September, the weather is very humid and warm
with the possibility of July/August hurricanes; from October to
December, it is mild and dry; and in January and February,
it is somewhat cold and humid; the temperature starts to
rise in Marchwhile humidity remains high.
 
 
Macau can be reached from Hong Kong by means of very frequent
boat connections, many making the trip in less than an hour,
and by road from Guangzhou (Canton), 160 kilometers away in
mainland China. An international airport in Macau  has started
functioning in November 1995.
 
 
WORKSHOP ADDRESS for FURTHER INFORMATION:
 
Correspondence Address:
 
The UNU/IIST,
P.O. Box. 3058
MACAU
 
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Fax No. +853-712-940
Tel.No. +853-712-930
 
Visiting Address:
 
The UNU/IIST
18/F Ed. Banco Luso Internacional
1-3, Rua Dr. Pedro Jose Lobo
MACAU
 
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