White House seeks input on federal research info sharing program

Policies for how to share federally funded research data under development

White House officials launched a public forum today to determine what data formats should be used to make federally funded research projects available to the public, according to a blog post by Rick Weiss, director of strategic communications and a senior policy analyst at Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

“It is one thing to talk about the philosophy of public access and open government generally, and quite another to get serious about how, exactly, to implement some of those ideas,” Weiss stated. “So through the waning hours of 2009—until midnight Dec. 31, that is—OSTP is inviting you to weigh in on some of the nuts and bolts aspects of public access publishing.”

Questions Weiss’ office wants help in answering include:

  • In what format should published papers be submitted to make them easy to find, retrieve, and search and to make it easy for others to link to them?
  • Are there existing digital standards for archiving and interoperability to maximize public benefit?
  • How are these anticipated to change?
  • Are there formats that would be especially useful to researchers wishing to combine datasets or other published results published from various papers in order to conduct comparative studies or meta-analyses?

During the first phase of the open government project, White House officials asked the public which agencies should have public access policies for government research. The final phase of the project will begin on Jan. 1, 2010 and will look at how to ensure compliance with the new policies. That phase will run until Jan. 21, 2010.

About the Author

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.