Dating groundwork community
October 1, 2014 The ability to collect and analyze massive amounts of data is rapidly transforming science, industry and everyday life, but what we have seen so far is likely just the tip of the iceberg.Many of the benefits of "Big Data" have yet to surface because of a lack of interoperability, missing tools and hardware that is still evolving to meet the diverse needs of scientific communities.Each is a partnership between researchers in computer science and other science domains.One of the two early implementation grants will support a research team led by Geoffrey Fox, a professor of computer science and informatics at Indiana University."Each project tests a critical component in a future data ecosystem in conjunction with a research community of users," Qualters said."This assures that solutions will be applied and use-inspired."NSF sees these building blocks as digital components that can be joined together to develop the foundations for a robust data infrastructure.The building blocks encompass hardware, software and networking tools, as well as the communities and people who manage data and who are the practitioners of data science.
Now in its second year, the 2014 DIBBs awards support research in 22 states and touch on research topics in computer science, information technology and nearly every field of science supported by NSF."Developed through extensive community input and vetting, NSF has an ambitious vision and strategy for advancing scientific discovery through data," said Irene Qualters, division director for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at NSF.
"This vision requires a collaborative national data infrastructure that is aligned to research priorities and that is efficient, highly interoperable and anticipates emerging data policies."This year's data cyberinfrastructure awards build capacity and capability across the nation and across research communities and complement previous awards.