Chief Data Scientist… that’s a good title! The United States has named it’s first Chief Data Scientist – D.J. Patil. His official title is Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Read Dr. Patil’s memorandum Unleashing the Power of Data to Serve the American People. He outlines the emphasis on Open Data Initiatives beginning with U.S. Government Data.
Open Data isn’t important only for the sciences. While science funders National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have required Data Management Plans, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is including training in digital data curation as an imperative digital initiative. NEH has highlighted open data tools previously; this example Celebrating Open Data of combining computer science expertise and history and archaeology is of particular interest to The Catholic University of America community of researchers.
The NEH news release highlights William Noel’s TEDTalk on The Archimedes Palimpsest. The Archimedes Palimpsest project is a scholarly interest of researchers at CUA. See this presentation from CUA Chemistry Department Reading Between the Lines: The Archimedes Palimsest, and more on technical issues with the Archimedes Palimpsest.
Recent reading from Phill Jones at the Scholarly Kitchen summarizes federal policy, the players perspectives in open data (funders, publishers and researchers) and asking Are We at a Tipping Point for Open Data?
New in government agencies Open Data: see the new NASA DATA Portal!