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NASA Seeks Inputs on Strategic Plan for Science Data & Computing

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 15:25

The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking inputs to assist in the development of a Strategic Plan for Scientific Data and Computing. This notice is published to solicit input from all stakeholders, including but not limited to members of scientific community, academic institutions, other agencies, the private sector, professional societies, advocacy groups, the general public, and international collaborators. The objective of the Strategic Plan for Scientific Data and Computing is to articulate a whole-of-SMD 5-year strategy that has four overall goals:

  • Improve discovery and access for all SMD data for immediate benefit to science data users and to improve the overall user experience
  • Identify large-scale and cross-disciplinary/division science users and use cases to inform future science data system capabilities
  • Enable strong theory programs that are firmly based on NASA’s observations
  • Modernize science data and computing systems to improve efficiency and enable new technology and analysis techniques for scientific discovery and commercial use

Information gathered through this RFI will solely be used for strategic planning purposes and program development. Comments are due 19 October 2018. The full text of the RFI and response instructions can be found on the NSPIRES web page.

Questions concerning this RFI, please contact Patricia Knezek at

Patricia Knezek
Senior Advisor
National Science Foundation