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Open Knowledge Network: Summary of the Big Data IWG Workshop

September 24, 2018

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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




Request for Information on Update to the 2016 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan

November 14, 2018

Federal Register Notice: 83 FR 56378

Pursuant to the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, Federal agencies must update the Federal cybersecurity research and development (R&D) strategic plan every four years. The NITRD NCO seeks public input for the 2019 update of the Federal cybersecurity R&D strategic plan. The updated plan will be used to guide and coordinate federally funded research in cybersecurity, including cybersecurity education and workforce development, and the development of consensus-based standards and best practices in cybersecurity.

DATES:
To be considered, submissions must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on January 15, 2019.

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CONNECTING AND SECURING COMMUNITIES: A Guide for Federal Agencies Supporting Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment of Technology for Smart Cities and Communities

October 25, 2018


View Full Text: NITRD-Connecting-Securing-Communities-Federal-Guide-2018.pdf

The Smart Cities and Communities Task Force, a body under the NITRD Cyber-Physical Systems Interagency Working Group, developed Connecting and Securing Communities to provide Federal agencies with guidance in supporting research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) of technology to enable U.S. cities and communities to build “smart” infrastructure, systems, and services.

Five high-level recommended practices are provided to inform Federal agencies in supporting smart city and community efforts. Four effective approaches, illustrated by case studies from current and past Federal programs and projects, are provided to assist agencies in facilitating job growth and economic prosperity through Federally funded RDD&D in smart cities and communities.

Connecting and Securing Communities envisions Federal agencies working with industry, local leaders, civil society, academia, and other key stakeholders to accelerate the development and implementation of new discoveries and innovations that enable cities and communities to achieve their local goals and address their most important challenges.


NITRD NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2018

October 16, 2018

View Full Text: NITRD-Newsletter-102018.pdf

Welcome to the October 2018 issue of the NITRD Leads IT quarterly newsletter of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program.

"I am thrilled to be the NITRD NCO Director! I have participated in NITRD for many years, leading involvement from my home agency, NIST, where I have also been honored to work directly with several past NITRD Directors… We have come a long way, but there is still much to do. Everyone wins when we have an inclusive image of a STEM professional as we will increase the talent pool, foster critical STEM skills among the broader community, and promote a healthier, more culturally-sensitive workplace. An inclusive workforce provides a rich set of perspectives that enable innovation and creative discovery..." - Ms. Kamie Roberts (Director of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information). Read more...


Request for Information on Update to the 2016 National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan

September 26, 2018

Federal Register Notice: 82 FR 48655

On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (Select Committee), NITRD NCO requests input from all interested parties on the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan. Through this Request for Information (RFI), NITRD NCO seeks input from the public, including those directly performing Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D) and directly affected by such R&D, on whether the strategic plan should be revised and, if so, the ways in which it may be improved. This includes suggestions as to the addition, removal, or modification of strategic aims, comments as to existing strategic aims as well as their past or future implementation by the Federal government. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform NITRD NCO and the Select Committee in updating the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.

DATES:
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on October 26, 2018.

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