Since leaving the US EPA after 30+  years of federal service, Dr. Niemann has continued to work on EPA, Data.gov, and international data applications as Director and Senior Data Scientist for the Semantic Community and AOL Government as a "data blogger". The June 9th announcement of the EOA Apps for the Environment by Administrator Lisa Jackson was a very significant development because in the broader perspective it made it possible for Dr. Niemann to build on Stage I and envision a Stage III which would make this an even more valuable and sustainable program. Dr. Niemann decided to subdivide Stage II into a Phase I (Making EPA Data More Useful in the Cloud) and Phase II (Chesapeake Bay Program Stats and Indicators in the Cloud) because the 30 data sets needed to be put into a more useful form and because the Chesapeake Bay data sets offered more opportunities for meaningful integration and use by decision makers and the public than the 30 data sets.

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