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Project Title:

Communicating National Science Foundation Science and Engineering Information to Data Users
PIN: DBASSE-CNSTAT-09-13        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Computer Science & Telecommuncations Board DEPS
Committee on National Statistics

RSO: Plewes, Tom

Subject/Focus Area: Computers and Information Technology; Policy for Science and Technology

Project Scope
An ad hoc panel will review the communication and dissemination program of the NSF Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) that is concerned with the collection and distribution of information on science and engineering and recommend future directions for the program.  Specifically, the panel will:

(1) Review SRS's existing approaches to communicating and disseminating statistical information, including the division's information products, web site, and database systems. [This review will be conducted in the context of both current “best practices” and new and emerging techniques and approaches.]

 (2) Examine existing SRS data on web sites, information gathered by and from SRS staff, volunteered comments of users and input solicited by the panel from key user groups and assess the varied needs of different types of users within SRS's user community.

(3) Consider the impact current federal and NSF web site guidance and policies have on the design and management of SRS's online (Internet) communication and dissemination program.

(4) Consider current research and practice in collecting, storing, and utilizing metadata, with particular focus specifications for social science metadata developed under the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI).

(5) Consider the impact of government-wide activities and initiatives (such as FedStats, and the emerging user capability for on-line retrieval of government statistics.

The panel will facilitate its review by conducting a two-day public workshop that will feature invited presentations and discussions.  The panel will subsequently prepare an interim letter report that will focus on issues regarding transition from current approaches and a final report with specific recommendations, including a discussion of related technical, staffing, and funding issues.

The Project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation

The approximate start date for the project is April 1, 2010.

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 08/11/2010
 Meeting 2 - 09/15/2010
 Meeting 3 - 10/27/2010
 Meeting 4 - 03/10/2011
 Meeting 5 - 05/23/2011


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Communicating Science and Engineering Data in the Information Age