Communicating Science and Engineering Data in the Information Age

Communicating Science and Engineering Data in the Information Age

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The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) communicates its science and engineering (SaE) information to data users in a very fluid environment that is undergoing modernization at a pace at which data producer dissemination practices, protocols, and technologies, on one hand, and user demands and capabilities, on the other, are changing faster than the agency has been able to accommodate. NCSES asked the Committee on National Statistics and the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council to form a panel to review the NCSES communication and dissemination program that is concerned with the collection and distribution of information on science and engineering and to recommend future directions for the program. Communicating Science and Engineering Data in the Information Age includes recommendations to improve NCSES's dissemination program and improve data user engagement. This report includes recommendations such as NCSES's transition to a dissemination framework that emphasizes database management rather than data presentation, and that NCSES analyze the results of its initial online consumer survey and refine it over time. The implementation of the report's recommendations should be undertaken within an overall framework that accords priority to the basic quality of the data and the fundamentals of dissemination, then to significant enhancements that are achievable in the short term, while laying the groundwork for other long-term improvements.Although there is no single broad measure of website usability, some very useful guidelines are contained in a federal government publication, Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines, prepared jointly by the U.S. Department of anbsp;...

Title:Communicating Science and Engineering Data in the Information Age
Author:Panel on Communicating National Science Foundation Science and Engineering Information to Data Users, Committee on National Statistics, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2012-02-07


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