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Open Knowledge Network: Summary of the Big Data IWG Workshop

Tue, 2018-11-20 13:43

About: Since July 2016, the Big Data Interagency Working Group (BD IWG) has been involved in meetings to discuss the viability of and possible first steps to creating a public-private data network infrastructure, the Open Knowledge Network (OKN). On October 4–5, 2017, the Big Data IWG hosted a workshop to both expand the discussion to similar work being done in biomedicine, finance, geoscience, and manufacturing and to gather expert advice on next steps to advance the OKN. This report summarizes those discussions.

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Connecting and Securing Communities: A Guide for Federal Agencies Supporting Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment of Technology for Smart Cities and Communities

Thu, 2018-10-25 16:25

The Smart Cities and Communities Task Force, a body under the NITRD Cyber-Physical Systems Interagency Working Group, developed Connecting and Securing Communities to provide Federal agencies with guidance in supporting research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) of technology to enable U.S. cities and communities to build “smart” infrastructure, systems, and services. Five high-level recommended practices are provided to inform Federal agencies in supporting smart city and community efforts. Four effective approaches, illustrated by case studies from current and past Federal programs and projects, are provided to assist agencies in facilitating job growth and economic prosperity through Federally funded RDD&D in smart cities and communities. Connecting and Securing Communities envisions Federal agencies working with industry, local leaders, civil society, academia, and other key stakeholders to accelerate the development and implementation of new discoveries and innovations that enable cities and communities to achieve their local goals and address their most important challenges.

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NITRD NewsLetter - October 2018

Tue, 2018-10-16 09:06

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Welcome to the October 2018 issue of the NITRD Leads IT quarterly newsletter of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program. "I am thrilled to be the NITRD NCO Director! I have participated in NITRD for many years, leading involvement from my home agency, NIST, where I have also been honored to work directly with several past NITRD Directors… We have come a long way, but there is still much to do. Everyone wins when we have an inclusive image of a STEM professional as we will increase the talent pool, foster critical STEM skills among the broader community, and promote a healthier, more culturally-sensitive workplace. An inclusive workforce provides a rich set of perspectives that enable innovation and creative discovery..." - Ms. Kamie Roberts (Director of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information). Read more...

Request for Information on Update to the 2016 National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan

Thu, 2018-09-27 10:17

Federal Register Notice: 82 FR 48655

On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (Select Committee), NITRD NCO requests input from all interested parties on the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan. Through this Request for Information (RFI), NITRD NCO seeks input from the public, including those directly performing Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D) and directly affected by such R&D, on whether the strategic plan should be revised and, if so, the ways in which it may be improved. This includes suggestions as to the addition, removal, or modification of strategic aims, comments as to existing strategic aims as well as their past or future implementation by the Federal government. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform NITRD NCO and the Select Committee in updating the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.

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Operationalizing Software-Defined Networksing: Summary of Large Scale Networking Workshop

Mon, 2018-09-24 16:33

The Large Scale Networking Interagency Working Group held an Operationalizing Software-Defined Networks Workshop on September 18-20, 2017, in Washington, DC. At this workshop, Federal, private, and academic stakeholders discussed the current state-of-the-art and path forward to realize an open, innovative, multidomain, and interoperable software-defined network (SDN) as an operational infrastructure that can rapidly adjust to the evolving communication and computing needs of science, engineering, and commerce, while simultaneously enhancing the economics, security, evolution, and manageability of the network.The Operationalizing Software-Defined Networks Report discusses SDN adoption and identification of key areas for further exploration, focusing on flexibly enabling end-to-end paths to network, compute, and storage resources with customizable properties, using software to easily assemble such paths across hardware infrastructure, with favorable economics, security, evolution, and operation manageability.

FY2020 Program Component Area (PCA) Definitions

Tue, 2018-09-18 10:13

The annual NITRD Supplement to the President's Budget provides a technical summary of the research activities planned and coordinated through NITRD in a given Federal budget cycle. The details are organized by Program Component Areas (PCAs), where the PCAs are major subject areas for Federal IT R&D. PCAs are intended to facilitate budgetary comparisons from year to year in each area. The PCA set evolves over time, reflecting changes in IT R&D activities at federal agencies and IT R&D priorities of the Administration. FY2020 Program Component Area (PCA) Definitions will be used by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the upcoming NITRD budget data request, and by the IWGs and NCO in developing the NITRD Supplement to the President's FY2020 Budget.

Middleware and Grid Interagency Coordination Team Devops Series

Fri, 2018-09-07 13:13

The NITRD Middleware and Grid Interagency Coordination Team (MAGIC) is conducting an in-depth examination of the impact of and challenges related to DevOps. The effort was divided into 4 sessions: (1) Definition of DevOps; (2) the significance of DevOps in the Scientific community; (3) discussion of and operational and (4) DevOps in scientific facilities.

To participate in the October 1 session, please check the MAGIC website or contact Joyce Lee at (

Broadband Resource Guide

Tue, 2018-09-04 14:37

While reliable broadband connectivity has brought economic, health, and educational benefits to many, disparities in nationwide broadband access, adoption, and usage remain. Learn about federal broadband R&D resources and interagency collaboration opportunities that address these issues by visiting the NITRD Broadband Resource Guide (Guide), developed by the NITRD Broadband Research and Development Group (BRD). The Guide contains links to current federal programs and other activities that support research and development (R&D) and/or data collection on broadband network communication. Referencing the National Broadband Research Agenda (NBRA) which was developed in response to concern about the pace of research on broadband deployment, competition, and adoption, the Guide focuses on agency activities that address any aspect of broadband R&D, including technology, deployment and infrastructure, adoption and digital inclusion, as well as the socioeconomic impacts of broadband. The Guide is a living document that contains information approved by federal agencies for public release and is not intended to be considered an exhaustive measure of activities in this area. Inputs are maintained by the participating agencies and federal sources. The Guide also links to NITRD's Wireless Spectrum R&D Project Inventory as improved spectrum utilization contributes to more broadly available and cost effective broadband access.