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National Science Foundation


Digital Strategy

The National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation envisions a nation that capitalizes on new concepts in science and engineering and provides global leadership in advancing research and education.1 Unlike many other federal agencies, NSF does not directly perform the research we support; instead we fund scientists, engineers and educators directly through their own home institutions, typically universities and colleges.2 By funding ground-breaking research projects, transformative technology, and state-of-the-art facilities, NSF is creating educational opportunities for the science and engineering students who will make up the workforce and future of tomorrow.

NSF has always viewed openness and transparency as critical to achieving the agency’s mission. Consequently, the agency has built a strong foundation of openness policies and practices that guide its research and education activities. NSF has always been an open agency making all of its data, within the constraints of confidentiality and privacy, openly available via its website. New technologies, many of which received their basic funding from NSF, now provide the means for the agency to take these openness practices to the next level and into the 21st century.3

To learn more about what we do and how we work at NSF, visit NSF: What We Do.

Federal Digital Strategy Overview

On May 23, 2012, President Obama released a Memorandum calling for all government agencies to “identify ways to use innovative technologies to streamline their delivery of services to lower costs, decrease service delivery times, and improve the customer experience.4” In response to this directive, the Federal CIO released a strategy entitled "Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People", which aims to deliver the general public and our government workforce access to government information and services on demand and on any device. The Digital Strategy focuses agency efforts in three broad areas: building information-centric systems and tools; utilizing shared platforms to improve information dissemination across government; and delivering customer-centric, highly effective services. Ultimately, the Digital Strategy aims to enable more efficient and coordinated delivery of digital information across the federal space.

The Digital Government Strategy has three main goals:

  • Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, and on any device.
  • Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways.
  • Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our Nation and improve the quality of services for the American people.5

NSF thanks the public for providing input to help the agency prioritize which NSF information sets to make accessible through web APIs. The invitation to the public to vote or comment on information sets was part of NSF's effort to make agency data and services more useful and dynamic, key goals of the Digital Government Strategy. The deadline for public participation was Aug. 22. You can view the outcome of the public voting at http://nsfdigitalstrategy.ideascale.com

NSF welcomes your input and feedback on our implementation of federal digital strategy and open data requirements. Contact us to share your thoughts on NSF's open data activities.

NSF reports its progress on Digital Strategy activities in its Digital Strategy Report, which is available in HTML, XML and JSON.

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