April 23, 2010

National Science Foundation Releases Open Government Plan

From NSF's April 7, 2010 press release:

On February 6, 2010, NSF, along with agencies across the government, launched a new Web page (www.nsf.gov/open) designed to inform citizens about the agency's activities to encourage participation and collaboration between the agency and the citizens it serves. Members of the public were asked to submit ideas and comments through a dialog page at http://opennsf.ideascale.com. The comment period ran through March 19.

Over that period, the OpenNSF site received 59 ideas, 85 comments and 529 votes. Ideas submitted included: making taxpayer-funded research freely available, requiring that data from publicly funded projects be shared on an open source basis, and producing live webcasts of all meetings. The ideas, along with comments and discussion, can be viewed on the OpenNSF dialog site. In addition, NSF will be using the dialog site to ask for public comments on the agency's Open Government Directive Plan.

The plan being released today reflects public input as well as ongoing discussions about making more data available in open formats, and expansion of public participation and other collaboration activities.

The key principle that will be applied in executing the elements of the NSF Open Government Directive Plan is to maximize data that will be made available within the constraints of confidentiality and privacy concerns.

"Unless proven otherwise, the default position will be to make data and information available in an open format," said José Munoz, acting director of NSF's Office of Cyberinfrastructure, who is NSF's senior accountable official for the Open Government Directive.

Posted by stemp003 at April 23, 2010 2:29 PM
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