NSF launches impactful vison and strategy for a 21st century cyberinfrastructure framework for science and education

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NSF will take a leadership role in providing software as enabling infrastructure for science and engineering research and education, and in promoting software as a principal component of its comprehensive CIF21 vision. This includes ensuring comprehensive, usable, and secure software and services to further new scientific discovery and innovative education approaches by its researchers working in a globally connected and data-enabled world; fostering sustainable communities of software users, researchers, developers, industrial scientists and engineers, educators, and students that span disciplines, professions, and regions/countries; and promoting new approaches to learning and workforce development in software, and supporting investigations in the use of software for novel learning mechanisms. Reducing the complexity of software will be a unifying theme across the CIF21 vision, advancing both the use and development of new software and promoting the ubiquitous integration of scientific software across all disciplines, in education, and in industry.


To meet the challenges before it, NSF will adopt, as part of its larger CIF21 mission and program, five interconnected strategic goals for
delivering and sustaining software to advance science and engineering research and education:
•• Capabilities: Support the creation and maintenance of an innovative, integrated, reliable, sustainable and accessible software ecosystem providing new capabilities that advance and
accelerate scientific inquiry and application at
unprecedented complexity and scale.
•• Research: Support the foundational research necessary to continue to efficiently advance scientific software, responding to new technological, algorithmic, and scientific advances.
•• Science: Enable transformative, interdisciplinary, collaborative, science and engineering research and education through the use of advanced software and services.
•• Education: Empower the current and future diverse workforce of scientists and engineers equipped with essential skills to use and develop software. Further, ensure that the software and
services are effectively used in both the research and education process realizing new opportunities for teaching and outreach.
•• Policy: Transform practice through new policies for software addressing challenges of academic culture, open dissemination and use, reproducibility and trust of data/models/simulation, curation and sustainability, and that address issues of governance, citation, stewardship, and attribution of software authorship.


Fulltext: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12113/nsf12113.pdf

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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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