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Harnessing the Power of Digital Data


The Interagency Working Group on Digital Data of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science has released a report describing a strategy to promote preservation and access to digital scientific data.

The report furthers the goals of President Obama’s open government policy, including the need to “disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use” and represents a step forward in the Data.Gov concept of Federal CIO Vivek Kundra to “democratize data and give data access to the public.”

The report provides a strategy to ensure that digital scientific data produced by and for the Federal government can be reliably preserved for maximum access in catalyzing progress in science and society.

Digital imaging, sensors, analytical instrumentation and other technologies are becoming increasingly central to all areas of science. Increases in computing power drive advances in modeling and simulation that extend the reach of science.

Improvements in networking increase access to information, instrumentation, and colleagues around the globe. Digital data are the common thread linking these powerful trends in science.

More: http://www.nitrd.gov/About/Harnessing_Power.aspx


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