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NITRD NewsLetter - April 2017

April 17, 2017

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Welcome to the fourth issue of the NITRD Leads IT quarterly newsletter of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program.

"Brace for Impact!" Usually, those words strike fear, but for NITRD, they are a call to action. Ultimately, all government investments should be measured by its impact on societal benefits such as economic prosperity, national security, and quality of life. The challenge for R&D, such as that coordinated by NITRD, is… Read more...

- Dr. Bryan Biegel (Director of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information)


Federal Smart Cities and Communities Programs Resource Guide

March 22, 2017

The Federal Smart Cities and Communities Task Force created the “Federal Smart Cities and Communities Programs Resource Guide” to facilitate collaboration and coordination among Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) Task Force member agencies, academia, industry, local cities and communities, and other government entities. The Resource Guide describes Federally-funded research and development (R&D) programs in smart cities and communities. These R&D programs seek to embed new digital technologies into city/community infrastructure, systems, and services.

Federal Smart Cities and Communities Programs Resource Guide

To learn more about the Smart Cities and Communities Task Force please visit SCC Task Force home page.


"In Search of Impact" - Dr. Francine Berman

(presented at Big Data IWG on February 28, 2017)

video link

About the Speaker:
Dr. Francine Berman
Hamilton Professor of Computer Science, RPI
Chair, Research Data Alliance/ US

Workshop Goal: Managers, funders, and users of digital data repositories are interested in assessing and communicating the impact of such repositories. A systematic approach and well-understood metrics, that may be quantitative or qualitative in nature, are needed to determine “impact.” The goal of this workshop is to identify the current metrics, tools and practices that are effective, and the issues that will require additional research. For more information on the workshop please visit

To learn more about Big Data Interagency Working Group (BD IWG) please visit BD IWG home page.


FASTER CoP: "Creating New Sources of Data and Embedded Systems to Understand Cities" - Charlie Catlett

(presented at FASTER CoP on February 17, 2017)

Charlie Catlett discusses the work that Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago are doing in partnership with the City of Chicago and other cities through the Urban Center for Computation and Data, focusing in particular on new opportunities related to embedded systems and integrated data platforms.



Interagency Coordination Helps Increase Wireless Spectrum Availability

January 9, 2017

The Wireless Spectrum R&D (WSRD) Interagency Working Group (IWG) has coordinated federal WSRD activities since early 2011. These activities include a series of 8 workshops on critical issues of wireless spectrum use optimization, which have helped agencies to advance spectrum sharing concepts, technologies, and implementation. Today we are releasing the group’s most recent report and announcing an upcoming workshop.

Today NITRD is announcing:

  • Publication of the report, “Wireless Spectrum Sharing: Enforcement Frameworks, Technology and R&D,” at;
  • WSRD Workshop IX, planned for April, 2017, “Radio Receivers: R&D Innovation Needs, and Impacts on Technology and Policy.”