Addressing the Open Data mandate from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology: What does it mean for the USDA’s Economics, Statistics and Market Information System?
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In January 2013, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a mandate: all federal agencies exceeding $100 million in research & development expenditures must release the results of federally funded research to the public within 12 months of publication. In response, the Department of Agriculture created a roadmap that the more than 30 agencies and offices that comprise the department would follow. Task forces were created and broad goals were set. To date, the implications that this mandate has on cooperative projects between academic libraries and the USDA remains unclear. The USDA Economics, Statistics and Market Information System (ESMIS) is one such project maintained in partnership between the library at our land grant university and five agencies of the USDA. ESMIS houses data and reports that haven’t resulted from R&D expenditures, but play a significant role in the public good. As the conversation progresses to make all federal work into usable and open forms, and the infrastructure of our ESMIS system becomes outdated, we are working with the USDA to plan for an infrastructure more supportive of valuable, usable data. In this poster, the factors important to rebuild the outdated repository with more modern, secure technologies will be addressed, as well as features to support the open data mandate.
USAIN 2016 Conference Presentation, Session: Agricultural Research Data and Information: Access, Management, Preservation (Legislative & Government Relations Committee) Moderators: Leslie Delserone
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