Government Data Centers: Meeting Increasing Demands (2003)

Committee on Coping with Increasing Demands on Government Data Centers, National Research Council

Synopsis: Describes the increasing demands on government data centers that store and provide access to environmental data, and technical approaches to ensure effective operation in the future. In the earth and environmental sciences, the federal government has a major responsibility for the stewardship of data. Provides an overview of the issues and makes recommendations for technical approaches that might be used by the centers and users. These approaches might have relevance to other fields.


Ensuring the Quality of Data Disseminated by the Federal Government: workshop Report (2003)

Committee on Ensuring the Quality of Government Information, National Research Council

Synopsis: Summarizes discussion at a series of workshops involving agencies and researchers to discuss implementation of the Data Quality Act. Provides background on the Data Quality Act, which is an important part of the policy context for this study’s discussion of the integrity and accessibility of data.


The Role of Scientific and Technical Data and Information in the Public Domain: Proceedings of a Symposium (2003)

Julie M. Esanu and Paul F. Uhlir, Editors, National Research Council

Synopsis: Papers from a symposium on how the scientific community can maintain and expand the public domain for scientific and technical data and information. The papers explore many aspects of the intellectual property environment for research.


Access to Research Data in the 21st Century: An Ongoing Dialogue Among Interersted Parties, Report of a Workshop (2002)

Science, Technology, and Law Panel, National Research Council

Synopsis: A workshop on issues related to the Data Access Act (the Shelby Amendment) which was adopted in 2000. Points out that peer review does not detect fraud or substitute for the judgment of the scientific community as a whole; it provides advice to a journal editor about the importance of the findings and whether the reported evidence supports the author’s claims. Illustrates the barriers to making data available, particularly in fields where data can be used to identify individuals. Also illustrates the pros and cons of various approaches to ensuring the accessibility of data, including that of the Data Access Act, which is modeled on the Freedom of Information Act.



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