Public Comment: Report on Harnessing the Data Revolution Coordination Activities

About this report

The National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a visionary, national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery, allowing fundamentally new questions to be asked and answered in science and engineering frontiers, generating new knowledge and understanding, and accelerating discovery and innovation.

As part of this initiative, NSF seeks to identify what is needed to advance a robust ecosystem of data science research. Currently, the regional Big Data Hubs work to identify areas of collaboration and opportunities for supporting data science research, gathering input from the data science community. 

Knology, a nonprofit research organization, was selected by the Northeast Hub to handle data collection and analysis across various activities that would eventually be synthesized and shared in a public report. These activities included:

  • A community survey developed by Knology and the Big Data Hubs,
  • Two community events organized by the South Hub with partners in the Midwest Hub, the West Hub and KnowInnovation:
    • An open MicroLab, where all stakeholders in data science could share common ideas for developing a coordinated HDR ecosystem, and
    • A focused HDR PI conference which connected the community over 3 days and surfaced forward-looking themes and opportunities. See PI Feedback from the HDR conference.

This report presents separate results from the activities undertaken as part of this research project, and then synthesizes the data collected to highlight avenues for continued growth and improvement and concrete suggestions for possible next steps.

Members of the public are invited to provide comment on the findings presented in this report using the form below. The deadline to submit is Monday, August 31st, 2020, at 5 pm Eastern Time. A fillable PDF is provided for those unable to use Google Forms.

Disclaimer: The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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