National Women's History Month: Women of the NITRD National Coordination Office

March 25, 2019

As National Women's History Month enters its final week, the National Coordination Office (NCO) acknowledges the women of the Perspecta Team whose talent, expertise, and dedication make the success of the Networking and Information R&D (NITRD) program possible. Whether it is facilitating meetings, preparing reports, writing documents, or coordinating with our Federal Agency members or the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, this group of women exemplify the core values that make the NCO a catalyst for the NITRD community.

The Women of the NITRD NCO with current NCO Director, Kamie Roberts. From left to right: Joyce Lee, Technical Coordinator; Nekeia Butler, Executive Secretary; Diane Theiss, Financial Analyst and Deputy Chief of Staff; Virginia Moore, Chief of Staff and Contract Program Manager; Kamie Roberts, Director; Ji Hyun Lee, Technical Coordinator; Pat Johnson, Senior Technical Writer and Editor; and Wendy Wigen, Technical Writer and Consultant. Not pictured is Jacqueline Altamirano, Executive Assistant and Coordinator.

The collective experience of this group of women spans the last 19 years and 10 NCO Directors. They support the NITRD Program by providing technical expertise, planning and coordination, and by serving as the Program's central point of contact. Their mission is to foster collaboration, exchange of information, and outreach that provides the knowledge, methods, R&D, technology transfer, and innovation for U.S. global leadership in networking and information technology and its applications.

The NCO supports the NITRD Subcommittee, which coordinates the NITRD Program, and the Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) that report to the Subcommittee.

Please go to to find out more about our team, and to for information about the NCO.

National Women's History Month: NITRD Looks Back at Outstanding Leaders

March 18, 2019

As Women’s History Month heads into its third week, the National Coordinating Office for Networking and Information Research and Development (NITRD) continues its series on celebrating the Women in NITRD. Previously we have focused on our current membership; this week we look back and celebrate the many women who stepped up and took on important leadership roles in the past. All these women are remarkably intelligent and talented. They have contributed in their fields of study starting at a variety of prestigious universities and moved on to demanding careers in academia, industry, and the Federal government. We thank them for the time they spent at NITRD, and we invite you to learn more about them.


National Women's History Month: Women of the NITRD Interagency Working Groups

March 11, 2019

As part of our Women’s History Month series on celebrating the Women in NITRD, the National Coordinating Office for Networking and Information Research and Development (NITRD) would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many women leaders and members of our Interagency Working Groups (IWG).

The IWG’s are the foundation of NITRD’s impact. They meet regularly to cultivate a vibrant scientific and intellectual environment in which researchers from various agencies, disciplines, and sectors share ideas, information, and results. This communication leads to economic and engineering benefits, enables collaborative research, and speeds the overall pace of innovation within the entire Federal R&D community.


National Women's History Month: Women of the NITRD Subcommittee

March 4, 2019

The National Coordinating Office for Networking and Information Research and Development (NITRD) proudly announces #WomenInNITRD to recognize the women in our organization who strengthen the Federal science and technology research organizations through their leadership, passion, and fortitude. This webpage is being launched as part of National Women's History Month, which traces its origins back to women protesting for better working conditions in 1857, the advent of the International Women's Day in 1909, and National Women's History Week established by Congress in 1981 (P.L. No: 97-28) and expanded in 1987 (P.L. No: 100-9) to the month of March.


Open Knowledge Network: Summary of the Big Data IWG Workshop

September 24, 2018

View Full Text: Open-Knowledge-Network-Workshop-Report-2018.pdf

Since July 2016, the Big Data Interagency Working Group (BD IWG) has been involved in meetings to discuss the viability of and possible first steps to creating a national public-private data network infrastructure, the Open Knowledge Network (OKN). The goal is to develop an easily accessible knowledge infrastructure that can facilitate and empower a host of applications and new research avenues for the public, private, and academic sectors.

On October 4–5, 2017, the Big Data IWG hosted a workshop to bring together Federal, industry, and academic stakeholders to discuss issues related to advancing a national-scale OKN. Workshop breakout sessions discussed OKN issues for a horizontal, technological domain and for four specific vertical domains: biomedicine, geosciences, finance, and smart manufacturing. Workshop participants noted that an effective OKN would drive the next wave of artificial intelligence breakthroughs, transform domains ranging from scientific research to commercial applications, and enable services such as recommendation systems, translation systems, social media services, and intelligent search agents. The "Open Knowledge Network: Summary of the Big Data IWG Workshop" report summarizes the workshop discussions.

To learn more about the BD IWG please visit BD IWG home page