NSF Awards “America’s Data Hub” Contract
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a contract to establish the America’s Data Hub Consortium, a network intended to “strengthen, support, and advance the NCSES mission by engaging in ground-breaking activities related to data access and sharing, infrastructure, and analysis across the broad landscape of the science and engineering enterprise.” The contract was awarded to Advanced Technology International, a nonprofit R&D collaboration firm. The Consortium’s primary objectives are to
- “Develop new ways of acquiring and linking data to yield valuable insights into critical issues
- Support cutting-edge data infrastructure
- Build even stronger data security capabilities to further increase privacy protections and public trust
- Provide novel and innovative analyses
- Document and provide lessons learned for similar activities across the federal government.”
America’s Data Hub is seen as a potential precursor to a broader, government-wide National Secure Data Service (see COSSA’s Headlines with Nancy Potok for more on this). More information on the America’s Data Hub Consortium can be found here.