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Thursday, March 29, 2007

New edition of NSF's vision for cyberinfrastructure and open data

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has published a new version of its report, Cyberinfrastructure Vision For 21st Century Discovery, March 2007.  (Thanks to Clifford Lynch.)

Earlier versions of this report strongly supported OA to data.  See for example my blog excerpts for version 4.0 (September 2005) and version 5.0 (January 2006).  

The March 2007 edition also supports OA to data.  I haven't had time to find all the relevant passages, but here's an excerpt from the executive summary (p. 2):

Responding to the challenges and opportunities of a data-intensive world, NSF will pursue a vision in which science and engineering digital data are routinely deposited in well-documented form, are regularly and easily consulted and analyzed by specialist and non-specialist alike, are openly accessible while suitably protected, and are reliably preserved. To realize this vision, NSF’s goals for 2006-2010 are twofold: to catalyze the development of a system of science and engineering data collections that is open, extensible, and evolvable; and to support development of a new generation of tools and services for data discovery, integration, visualization, analysis and preservation. The resulting national digital data framework will be an integral component in the national cyberinfrastructure framework. It will consist of a range of data collections and managing organizations, networked together in a flexible technical architecture using standard, open protocols and interfaces, and designed to contribute to the emerging global information commons. It will be simultaneously local, regional, national and global in nature, and will evolve as science and engineering research and education needs change and as new science and engineering opportunities arise.

PS:  As far as I can tell, the March 2007 edition of this report has no version number.  The preface says that "this intended to be a living document, and will be updated periodically."  It looks like the NSF will be using dates and not version numbers for future editions.