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New Version of US NSF Cyberinfrastructure Plan


Some sections of interest: p. 8: Support the development of the computing professionals, interdisciplinary teams and new organizational structures, such as virtual communities, needed to achieve the scientific breakthroughs made possible by advanced CI, paying particular attention to the opportunities to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups. NSF will continue to invest in understanding how participants in its research and education communities, as well as the scientific workforce, can use CI. For example, virtual organizations empower communities of users to interact, exchange information and access and share resources through tailored interfaces. Some of NSF's investments will focus on appropriate mechanisms or structures for use, while others will focus on how best to train future users of CI. NSF will take advantage of the emerging communities associated with CI that provide unique and special opportunities for broadening participation in the science and engineering enterprise.

• Support state-of-the-art innovation in data management and distribution systems, including digital libraries and educational environments that are expected to contribute to many of the scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century. NSF will foster communication between forefront data management and distribution systems, digital libraries and other education environments sponsored in its various directorates. NSF will ensure that its efforts take advantage of innovation in large data management and distribution activities sponsored by other agencies and international efforts as well. These developments will play a critical role in decisions that NSF makes about long-lived data.

p.17 B. Data Collections This document adopts the definition of data collection types provided in the NSB report on Long-Lived Digital Data Collections, where data collections are characterized as being one of three functional types: • Research Collections. Authors are individual investigators and investigator teams. Research collections are usually maintained to serve immediate group participants only for the life of a project, and are typically subjected to limited processing or curation. Data may not conform to any data standards. • Resource Collections. Resource Collections are authored by a community of investigators, often within a domain of science or engineering, and are often developed with community-level standards. Budgets are often intermediate in size. Lifetime is between the mid- and long-term. • Reference Collections. Reference collections are authored by and serve large segments of the science and engineering community, and conform to robust, well-established, comprehensive standards, which often lead to a universal standard. Budgets are large and often derived from diverse sources with a view to indefinite support. Boundaries between the types are not rigid and collections originally established as research collections may evolve over time to become resource and/or reference collections. In this document, the term data collection is construed to include one or more databases and their relevant technological implementation. Data collections are managed by organizations and individuals with the necessary expertise to structure them and to support their effective use.

p. 17-19 Also contains references to ICPSR, RLG and NARA, etc. and relationship to CI.

p. 20 Principles stated

and so on....

This May at our conference we will have a number of sessions, including an opening plenary address by Dan Atkins, related to the issues raised in these and other cyberinfrastructure initiatives.

Contributed by Ann Green


Version 7 of National Science

Version 7 of National Science Foundation\'s Office of Cyberinfrastructure\'s (US) Cyberinfrastructure Vision document was released in August 2006. This document establishes their agenda for the next few years. While earlier versions have been circulated for public comment, this is the first full version to be available. See: or linked from the main Office of Cyberinfrastructure page at: Of particular interest are statements about data sharing and requirements for data management plans. See page 25: \"In addition to addressing the technological challenges inherent in the creation of a national data framework, NSF’s data policies will be redesigned to overcome existing sociological and cultural barriers to data sharing and access. Two actions are critical. NSF will conduct an inventory of existing policies, to bring them into accord across programs and to ensure coherence. This will lead to the development of a suite of harmonized policy statements supporting data open access and usability. NSF’s actions will promote a change in culture such that the collection and deposition of all appropriate digital data and associated metadata become a matter of routine for investigators in all fields. This change will be encouraged through an NSF-wide requirement for data management plans in all proposals. These plans will be considered in the merit review process, and will be actively monitored post-award.\" Other reports, as cited by Clifford Lynch in an email dated 8/4/06 to CNI-ANNOUNCE: The American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities has released the final draft of their report, which can be found at: This is a major revision of the earlier draft report. In the UK, the Joint Information Systems Committee has released a draft 2007-2009 strategy for comment. See:

I did a search on 'librarian'

I did a search on 'librarian' on this document, out of interest, and got one return: "At the institutional level, colleges and universities are developing approaches to digital data archiving, curation, and analysis. They are sharing best practices to develop digital libraries that collect, preserve, index and share research and education material produced by faculty and other individuals within their organizations. The technological implementations of these systems are often open-source and support interoperability among their adopters. University-based research libraries and research librarians are positioned to make significant contributions in this area, where standard mechanisms for access and maintenance of scientific digital data may be derived from existing library standards developed for print material. These efforts are particularly important to NSF as the agency considers the implications of not just making all data generated with NSF funding broadly accessible, but of also promoting the responsible organization and management of these data such that they are widely usable."

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