New Solutions to Create Integrative Data Management Infrastructure(s) for Research Across the Sciences NSF 12-090

NSF seeks transformative approaches to create integrative data management infrastructures across science and engineering disciplines that will advance US research and innovation through new capabilities empowering the majority of the nation’s researchers whether they are working individually, in small groups, or as part of large projects.  These efforts will enhance our understanding of the scope and nature of legacy, current, and potential future data sets in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The opportunity has never been greater, and NSF seeks input from the community.

NSF places significant emphasis on computational and data-rich science and engineering, and recognizes the complex challenges in many such disciplines, for example, that the volume and fragmented nature of generated data sets is often difficult to handle with traditional tools. Transformative approaches and innovative technologies are needed for heterogeneous data to be integrated, made interoperable, explored and re-purposed by researchers in disparate fields and for myriad uses across institutional, disciplinary, spatial and temporal boundaries.

NSF will host a series of webinars followed by a charrette meeting to rapidly facilitate the early stages of novel approaches to achieve the goals described. NSF expects that actionable ideas emerging from the charrette will help define future developments of this system in FY2013 and beyond. The webinars will begin on June 15, 2012 (details on how to register for participation in the June 15, 2012 webinar are given in the URL). This dialog with the community will provide context for the initial integrative data-focused infrastructure vision and offer an opportunity for the community to interact with the leadership of the NSF units involved. Additional details on the sequence of events will be provided at the webinar and will be posted on the MPS, BIO, ENG and OCI websites.

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