Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships

The Obama Administration on Big Data and NSF on national efforts enabling data-driven discovery

On Tuesday, November 12, the Obama Administration hosted an event under the auspices of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Networking and Information Technology R&D program coordinating office titled “Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships” which provides a progress report on the big data initiative first announced in March 2012.

The agenda, and more importantly several very useful background documents, can be found here:

In conjunction with this event, NSF also issued a press release that summarized their progress in supporting the initiative, with many links to descriptions of specific projects and programs. The overview release can be found at:


New Federal Guidelines Are Coming | University of Virginia Library

What’s Next?

Many of us have been waiting for forthcoming announcements from different government funding agencies in response to the OSTP’s Memo that was released in February 2012. The Data Management Consulting Group at the the University of Virginia Library has created a useful web page about this news. 

Researchers, did you know that there are changes coming that will require the results of your federally funded research (including not only the publications, but also the data) to be made publicly available?

It has been 6 months since the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released their memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research”: Federal granting agencies with budgets over $100M were required to submit their plans to enable increased public access to the results of publicly funded research by August 22. This directive expands upon steps the NIH and NSF have taken in recent years, requiring open access for publications from funded projects (NIH) and data management plans (NIH/NSF). However, this new directive goes beyond these measures (particularly in the area of access to data), and it will affect at least 20 additional federal funding agencies. We will likely see the effects beginning with program proposals in late 2013 or early 2014.

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Europe’s Open Data Pilot

Joint statement on Europe’s Open Data Pilot from OpenAIRE, LIBER, and COAR

The European Commission is developing an Open Data Pilot. It will look at research data generated in projects funded under the Horizon 2020 framework, with the aim of stimulating the data sharing culture among researchers and facilitating both the re-use of information and data-driven science. As organisations with a strong interest in Open Data, OpenAIRE, LIBER and COAR would like to give their views on the current situation and make recommendations for an effective Open Data Pilot….

To read more: Horizon 2020: Outline of a Pilot for Open Research Data