NSF, NASA focusing on increasing accessibility to data

“Officials from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Digital Services (DDS) all testified to how their agencies were prioritizing data investments at FedScoop’s May 17 ‘FedFWD: Roadmap to Digital Transformation Event,’ sponsored in part by Cisco.

‘Nowadays, I think that most decision-makers are interested in seeing real-time data that shows them what’s going on within the organization,’ Dorothy Aronson, the NSF’s CIO and Chief Data Officer (CDO), said at the panel. ‘We didn’t use to have so many requests for that, and so our focus was mostly on capturing the data and validating the data on as we captured it from the customers.’

‘What we do now is we very quickly transform that data and provide it to decision-makers to support their day-to-day business, and so the customer awareness of the availability of data has really changed … the way we tilt our investments,’ Aronson continued.

Ron Thompson, the CDO and Digital Transformation Officer for NASA, has noticed a similar shift in priorities among decision-makers.

‘We’re really looking at data being one of our foundational elements to transform using digital as a lever for our workforce and workplace,’ Thompson said on the same panel. ‘That data layer is really pivotal in how we move information around our systems, you know here at NASA. It’s very critical for decision making, to make sure we do have the relevant data that is timely, and it is accurate. … Some people describe [data] as the new oil; we’re seeing it as the rocket fuel that drives NASA forward.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Federal Agencies Focusing on Increasing Accessibility to Data and Upskilling Workforce – By Lamar Johnson, May 21, 2021. MeriTalk.

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