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[ontology-summit] NSF solicitation that may be of interest - pls forward

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From: susan.turnbull@xxxxxxx
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 21:49:17 -0400
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One of the participants from last month's workshop forwarded this information after reading about the July 17-18 workshop.  He suggested that I invite Clifford Lynch and I hope to do so.  Thanks everyone, I know your sessions are going to be excellent and will be well-received.  Susan

"The US National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure has just issued a solicitation for proposals for a program titled Community-based Data Interoperability Networks (INTEROP), which is another important step in the agenda of scientific data stewardship and reuse. You can find information about the call here:

or by following links from the Office of Cyberinfrastructure home page. I've reproduced the summary of the call below.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI


Digital data are increasingly both the products of research and the starting point for new research and education activities.  The ability to re-purpose data - to use it in innovative ways and combinations not envisioned by those who created the data - requires that it be possible to find and understand data of many types and from many sources. Interoperability (the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged) is fundamental to meeting this requirement.   This NSF crosscutting program supports community efforts to provide for broad interoperability through the development of mechanisms such as robust data and metadata conventions, ontologies, and taxonomies. Support is provided for Data Interoperability Networks that will be responsible for consensus-building activities and for providing the expertise necessary to turn the consensus into technical standards with associated implementation tools and resources.  Examples of the former are community workshops, web resources such as community interaction sites, and task groups.  Examples of the latter are information sciences, software development, and ontology and taxonomy design and implementation."

Susan B. Turnbull
Senior Program Advisor
Office of Intergovernmental Solutions
Office of Citizen Services and Communications
US General Services Administration
p 202.501.6214

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