2000 TOP awards announced

毎年、米国のNTIA(National Telecommunications & Information Administration)が優秀な技術に対して表彰しているTOP(Technology Opportunities Program)の2000年度の受賞者が2000年9月28日に発表された。とくに2000年度はDIGITAL DIVIDEが大きなテーマであった。詳細情報はURL(http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/press/2000/topma92600.htm)で知ることができる。

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Commerce Secretary Mineta Announces $13.9 Million in Matching Fund Awards to Non-Profits
for Innovative Uses of Advanced Technologies

For Immediate Release
Sept. 28, 2000
Contact: Morrie Goodman (202) 482-4883
Ranjit de Silva (202) 482-7002
Art Brodsky (202) 482-0019

Washington, DC * Commerce Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced the award of $13.9 million in Federal grants to 35 organizations across the United States to help move the U.S. to an era of digital inclusion by funding innovative uses of advanced telecommunications technologies in underserved areas.

The grants, provided by the Department's Technology Opportunities Program (TOP), will be matched by contributions from the private sector and state and local organizations. ''It's important to note that these awards are not ''federal'' initiatives ? all of these projects come from the community,'' pointed out Mineta. ''They reflect a fundamental approach the program has always taken ? issue a broad challenge and then let local communities identify their own needs and propose their own creative applications of
technology.'' The Federal funds will be matched by $18 million raised by the grant recipients from their project partners and sponsors.

Mineta announced the awards while speaking at the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. The school is home to the See Forever Foundation, a non-profit organization that received a $395,000 award from the TOP program to develop ShawNet, a community network that will use information technology to help residents of a low-income inner city neighborhood solve local problems, such as creating access for the elderly and training teens in computer skills.

''The awards I am announcing today highlight how innovative applications of information technology can make a community a better place to live,'' Mineta said. ''This year's grant recipients are leading the way in developing local initiatives moving from digital divide to digital inclusion.'' Mineta added, ''My enthusiasm today is tempered only by my frustration that TOP does not have the funds to support more of the excellent applications that we received.'' President Clinton has proposed increasing TOP's appropriation to $45 million in his FY 2001 budget request.

After a thorough peer review process, the 35 awards were selected from a field of 662 applications. In addition, this year's grants bring the benefits of new technologies to underserved areas across the country. Twenty-two grants will involve remote rural areas, and nearly half of the projects will ensure that distressed, urban communities have access to digital opportunities.

Examples of the variety of applications that illustrate the promise that information technologies hold include:

* The Pine Tree Legal Assistance project in Maine will use Internet-based technology to create a secure network linking domestic violence shelters to courtrooms to let victims of domestic abuse obtain
court-ordered protection and access to legal services. Domestic violence victims will also be able to submit video affidavits from the safety of local domestic violence shelters. The TOP grant is $374,996.

* MetroNashville-Davidson County, Tennessee, will use the web to make local government more accessible to citizens, help them understand complex civic issues, and involve them in community planning activities. For example, citizens will be able to view alternative design proposals for land use and development online and then express their preferences. The TOP grant is $424,000.

* The University of Rochester's School of Medicine in New York will use telemedicine in daycare settings for consultations between pediatricians and daycare professionals, which will reduce the frequency of medical emergencies and reduce stress on working parents by making medical services more readily available at daycare. The TOP grant is $330,000.

* Hennepin County, Minnesota, will pilot the Community HeroCard program for a neighborhood in South Minneapolis. Using smart card technology, the program will increase volunteerism and investment in an underserved urban area by giving residents an incentive to support their local businesses and to volunteer at community-based organizations. The TOP grant award is $298,000.

''I am particularly excited to see that this year's TOP grantees will continue to push the envelope and explore the potential that emerging technologies hold,'' said Gregory L. Rohde, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which administers TOP.

Noting that NTIA was able to fund only a small percentage of the applications, Rohde called on the private sector to support many projects that were proposed. Information on all of the applications TOP received can be found on the NTIA web site, URL(http://www.ntia.doc.gov).

''More than a third of these technologies will employ either broadband or wireless technologies, which I believe will open up new worlds of possibilities,'' Rohde said. ''The grants also represent a diverse array of cutting-edge broadband technologies.'' For example,

* the Digital Bridge Foundation will bring high-speed DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Internet connections directly into the homes of low-income families in Boston, Massachusetts;

* the Suquamish Indian Tribe will use broadband wireless technology to provide tribal children with access to online educational resources;

* the Cleveland Museum of Art will use broadband Internet video technology to provide community residents with interactive arts programming;

Project descriptions for all of the FY 2000 grants are available at the NTIA web site, URL(http://www.ntia.doc.gov).

Representatives of the 35 grant recipients will be honored later this fall at TOP's annual Networks for People conference, to be held in Crystal City, Virginia on October 30-31. (Note: conference information available on TOP web site, URL(http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/top))

TOP is administered by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). NTIA serves as the principal adviser to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international communications and information issues and represents the Executive Branch before the Congress, other Federal agencies, foreign governments and international organizations.


Art Brodsky
Director of Communications
National Telecommunications and
Information Administration

FY 2000 Awards

1.Crisis Services of North Alabama
Creating an easily accessible online human services network to give consumers access to community services.
Huntsville, AL; $361,992

2.University of Alaska Fairbanks
Providing access to museum-sponsored programs via the Internet to students in rural, isolated areas in order for them to gain a better understanding of their own indigenous culture.
Fairbanks, AK; $394,775

3.Round Valley Indian Health Center
Using telemedicine to bring better health care services to a medically underserved, isolated area, which includes an American Indian reservation.
Covelo, CA; $140,000

4.Pangea Foundation
Creating a network to facilitate communication and interaction among organizations serving persons with disabilities.
San Diego, CA; $270,000

5.California State University Fresno Foundation
Addressing high unemployment in a rural area by making training and business education courses available online to low income workers and creating an online business incubator for local businesses.
Fresno, CA; $480,000

6.County Sheriffs of Colorado
Using information technology to establish a statewide, interagency system of victim/offender information that will increase law enforcement capabilities.
Longmont, CO; $370,000

7.Connecticut Association for United Spanish Action, Inc.
Using information technology to give community-based organizations that provide services to a growing Hispanic population access to education and employment information and services.
Meriden, CT; $438,000

8.See Forever Foundation
Using information technology to help residents of a low-income inner city neighborhood solve local problems such as creating access for the elderly and training teens in computer skills.
Washington, DC; $395,000

9.Purdue University
Creating a secure multi-agency network to provide coordinated human services to community residents.
West Lafayette, IN; $400,000

10.Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc.
Using Internet-based technology to create a secure network linking domestic violence shelters to courtrooms thereby allowing victims of domestic abuse to obtain court-ordered protection and access to legal services.
Portland, ME; $374,996

11.Baltimore City Health Department
Creating an interactive database application to help track and therefore reduce the spread of communicable diseases in a metropolitan area.
Baltimore, MD; $480,000

12.Digital Bridge Foundation
Providing low-income families with computers at home as well as training and Internet access, in exchange for community service hours.
Roxbury, MA; $395,000

13.Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Developing a human services case coordination system locally, and then statewide, which includes referral, intake, and eligibility processes for consumers.
Boston, MA; $536,500

14.Michigan State University
Deploying a telemedicine network in rural Michigan to provide cost-efficient mental health services to Medicaid patients.
East Lansing, MI; $256,667

15.Hennepin County
Using smart card technology to increase volunteerism and investment in an underserved urban area by giving residents an incentive to support their local businesses and volunteer at community-based organizations.
Minneapolis, MN; $298,000

16.Mississippi Action for Community Education
Linking community-based organizations in a rural area via the Internet to provide job skills and leadership development to low-income communities.
Greenville, MS; $200,000

17.Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Creating computer access centers and providing computer training to seniors in eight sites across the country.
St. Louis, MO; $324,000

18.Montana District Export Council
Creating a virtual e-business incubator for small and medium sized enterprises in a rural, isolated area.
Silver Bow, MT; $400,000

19.Lincoln Action Program, Inc.
Creating a web portal for information on employment, training, transportation, and English as a second language.
Lincoln, NE; $383,919

20.Rio Arriba Family Care Network, Inc.
Creating an online patient record system to let health care providers in a rural area exchange electronic medical records.
Espanola, NM; $533,515

21.Pueblo of Santa Ana
Using a wireless community network to provide Internet access to the pueblo and information-sharing among tribal government departments.
Bernalillo, NM; $487,111

22.University of Rochester
Using telemedicine in daycare settings to provide consultations between pediatricians and daycare professionals to reduce the frequency of medical emergencies and reduce stress on working parents.
Rochester, NY; $330,000

23.North General Hospital
Using telemedicine technology to enable patients to access pain management medical services from a local hospital and visiting nurse association.
New York, NY; $523,343

24.Southwestern Community College
Providing distance learning opportunities to a rural region by aggregating demand for connectivity.
Sylva, NC; $474,928

25.North Dakota State University
Giving farmers and ranchers access to information technology and Internet-based tools to establish agricultural risk management groups.
Fargo, ND; $460,000

26.Cleveland Museum of Art
Using advanced technology to allow senior citizens and disabled adults to interact in real-time with a variety of cultural events and resources.
Cleveland, OH; $545,000

27.City of Portland
Creating an interactive, continually updated comprehensive electronic catalog of city housing resources to help alleviate homelessness and track affordable housing.
Portland, OR; $480,000

28.Lane Council of Governments
Increasing emergency response time in a rural, mountainous area of the state by using mobile computers and global positioning system (GPS) units.
Eugene, OR; $246,612

29.South Carolina Department of Education
Providing Internet access to poor, rural families in their homes by using donated, refurbished computers.
Columbia, SC; $347,316

30.Rural Alliance, Inc.
Using information technology to provide online resources for pregnant mothers and families with young children in a rural area of the state.
Rapid City, SD; $300,000

31.University of Tennessee at Martin
Creating a virtual learning community in five rural school districts in Tennessee.
Martin, TN; $374,000

32.Metro Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department
Using the web to make local government more accessible to citizens, help them understand complex civic issues, and involve them in community planning activities.
Nashville, TN; $424,000

33.University of Texas Medical Branch
Using information technology to link mental health professionals and service providers in a rural area to provide a continuum of mental health
prevention and rehabilitation services.
Galveston, TX; $540,000

34.Suquamish Indian Tribe
Using wireless technology to provide educational services to the tribal families and children.
Poulsbo, WA; $410,000

35.Marshall University Research Corporation
Developing a distance education network to provide greater access to education and workforce development in a rural state.
Huntington, WV; $520,952

Andy Carvin
Senior Associate
Benton Foundation
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