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Social, Political and Financial Issues of Connecting GeoData In and Between Governmental Agencies. NSF GeoData Workshop June 17-19, 2014 Boulder, CO Sara J. Graves, Ph.D. Director , Information Technology and Systems Center Board of Trustees University Professor

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Social, Political and Financial Issues of Connecting GeoData In and Between Governmental Agencies

NSF GeoData Workshop

June 17-19, 2014

Boulder, CO

Sara J. Graves, Ph.D.

Director, Information Technology and Systems Center

Board of Trustees University Professor

Professor of Computer Science

University of Alabama in Huntsville

+1-256-824-6064

sgraves@itsc.uah.edu

http://www.itsc.uah.edu

social issues of connecting geodata in and between government agencies
Social Issues of Connecting GeoData In and Between Government Agencies
  • Advice/Directive from Congress and Advisory groups
  • Impacts of ‘cultures’ of agencies on collaboration, funding mechanisms, etc.
  • Encourage collaboration with other agencies and groups
  • Interpretation of mission of agency
  • Discovery, access and use of data by researchers/ decision makers/ policy makers/public
  • ConvincingCongress to fund new as well as continuing programs
  • People aspects offer more challenges than the technical aspects
  • ‘No interest in/support of data’ – but then present research results from analyzing data
  • Entire ‘Data Community’ responsible for impact and sustainability
  • US agencies are leaders in international data and science but we cannot take that valuable asset for granted
  • Interest in geodata by wide segment of population – exploit wisely
  • International aspects
financial issues of connecting geodata in and between government agencies
Financial Issues of Connecting GeoData In and Between Government Agencies
  • Funding mechanisms – grants, contracts, etc (open to new mechanisms)
  • Funding timetables – constraints/flexibility
  • Funds for HW/SW/networks/clouds as well as labor
  • Funds for sustainability of data infrastructure
  • Large investments by specific agencies – leverage in and between
  • RFPs for innovative ideas but also for enhancements/transition to next phase/operations
  • Convince Congress to fund new as well as continuing programs
  • In and between agencies funding for collaborations and supplementary funding
  • Funding uncertainty
  • Budgeting implication for broad community of interest in geodata
political issues of connecting geodata in and between government agencies
Political Issues of Connecting GeoData In and Between Government Agencies
  • Advice/Directive from Congress and Advisory groups
  • Policies of agencies - impacts on collaboration, funding, etc
  • Interpretation of mission of agency
  • Policies with regard to discovery, access and use of data
  • Policy and budgeting implications of providing/consuming data for researchers/ decision makers/ policy makers/public
  • Convince Congress to fund new as well as continuing programs
  • Internal and External pressures on many topics such as timeliness and openess
  • Understand and respect boundaries
  • Restrictions on data access and use – ITAR, SBU (sensitive but unclassified)
  • Interoperability issues – cultural and legal
  • Political environments exist not only in legislative bodies
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Infrastructure Challenges

  • Science
    • Larger teams, more disciplines, more countries
  • Data
    • Size, complexity, rates all increasing rapidly
    • Need for interoperability (systems and policies)
  • Systems
    • More cores, more architectures (GPUs), more memory hierarchy
    • Changing balances (latency vs bandwidth)
    • Changing limits (power, funds)
    • System architecture and business models changing (clouds)
    • Network capacity growing; increase networks -> increased security
  • Software
    • Multiphysicsalgorithms, frameworks
    • Programing models and abstractions for science, data, and hardware
    • V&V, reproducibility, fault tolerance
  • People
    • Education and training
    • Career paths
    • Credit and attribution
    • Daniel Katz - NSF
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SciDataCon2014, 2-5 Nov 2014

  • New Delhi, 2-5 November 2014, co-organised by CODATA and ICSU-WDS (World Data System).
  • Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability
    • Considering data challenges for international science.
    • Data to underpin robust science to inform decision-making around sustainability.
    • Big Data and data integration.
  • Address challenges for Future Earth and other international science programmes.
  • Announcement: http://www.scidatacon2014.org
  • Themes, invitation to contribute to discussion and call for papers .
  • Save the date and join the discussions! See you in New Delhi!