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Replied by Avery Sen on 09/04/2015 - 08:03
Ah demarcation...   Popper attempted to distinguish science from non-science by assuming that a theory is scientific just in case it is falsifiable, and it could make at least one observable prediction.  The problem is that even the most bona fide scientific theories cannot pass this test without relying on additional, auxiliary hypotheses.  Falsifiability, by itself, is not reason enough for accepting a theory.   Example: Kepler's laws governing planetary motion do not work unless one first assumes that a satellite's motion is in some way affected by the... [Read more]  

Posted by James Howison on 09/03/2015 - 10:06
I seem to recall that work has been done to provide easier analytics and interface to federal grants databases, such as the NSF Award Search.  Yet I can't actually find anything along those lines, despite googling away and asking a few people who might know.  Perhaps I dreamt it :) I'd like to ask questions such as "all awards resulting from a particular solicitation number"; any insight on how to do that?  Or documentation that might help me figure out the relationship between Solicitation numbers, "Program Element Codes," or "Program Reference Codes"? Thanks,... [Read more]  
Replied by James Onken on 09/03/2015 - 15:35
James,   The STAR METRICSSM consortium (OSTP, NSF, USDA, EPA, and NIH) recently launched Federal RePORTER, a database of research supported by several federal agencies. Although it doesn’t provide search by solicitation number, we hope that it will someday.  Federal RePORTER is model on NIH RePORTER, which already provides functions like those you describe. Federal RePORTER was launched as beta last September and over the coming year we will be adding more features. If you (or... [Read more]  
Replied by Stephen Fiore on 09/03/2015 - 15:34
Hi James - at the 2014 SciTS conference, there was a presentation on DIA2 (Deep Insights Anywhere, Anytime). Below is the abstract along with a video of their work. I'm also attaching one of their conference papers (from IEEE VAST2014).    Best, Steve Fiore     DIA2: Web-based Cyberinfrastructure for Visual Analysis of Funding Portfolio Authors: Krishna Madhavan, Niklas Elmqvist, Mihaela Vorvoreanu, Xin Chen, Yuet Ling Wong, Hanjun Xian, Zhihua Dong, Aditya Johri   Abstract: We present a design study of... [Read more]  
Replied by Patrick Clemins on 09/03/2015 - 13:07
James,   I often have the same quandary regarding the relationship between solicitations and program element/reference codes. What I do now, and it works most of the time, is Google or use the NSF search to find the program summary page with the URL that contains "pgm_summ.jsp".  At the very bottom of most of those pages now, they have a link that reads "What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)"  Clicking on that will launch a search using the NSF Award Search interface with the appropriate Program Element Codes.  I find that false... [Read more]  
Replied by Kevin G Crowston on 09/03/2015 - 20:52
A program element code is a numeric code for a program (e.g., 7367 for Human Centred Computing). A program is not necessarily the same as a solicitation though. You can look these up for NSF at on the award search page.   A program reference code is used to add some other information to an award, e.g., that it was a Small project (7923), a RAPID (7914), a workshop (7556), which countries were involved (e.g., 5912 for Australia) or something special (e.g., there’s code for the special Ebola RAPIDs (001Z)).  So, you can get all the workshops funded by HCC by searching for... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Winter on 09/04/2015 - 06:43
Kevin is correct. Here's some more detail for those interested in the wonky explanation of why it is so hard to understand the relationship between programs and awards made. The Program Element Codes represent budget lines so include any project funded from that budget line. This may include awards made from a solicitation or program that are regular submissions, Eagers, Rapids, Workshops, Supplements, Inspires, Ideas Labs, etc. This means that these projects may vary dramatically in size and scope making it hard to interpret things like the average size of awards made in a... [Read more]  

Posted by Holly Falk-Krzesinski on 09/02/2015 - 18:03
  ISTC is hiring! Open Position - ISTC Managing Director   ISTC is hiring a Managing Director to lead policy and government affairs, and looking for candidates with a science and technology background, as well as experience with federal and state government. Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to Roxanne Atienza ( Please share the description below with potential candidates in your network. Thank you!   Job Description/Role... [Read more]  

Posted by Rebecca Rosen on 08/27/2015 - 05:26
Dear Colleagues,   On September 24th, the Office of Chief Economist of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is sponsoring a workshop presenting cutting-edge approaches in data methods. This is an exciting event for our Open Data efforts as well as our broader support for research on innovation and invention. The workshop will present the results of independent efforts to create new computational methods for uniquely identifying inventors.    I hope you can attend this workshop.  The event will be open to the public and the agenda is attached.  ... [Read more]  

Posted by Katy Borner on 08/26/2015 - 08:05
Call for Papers for a special issue of Scientometrics on:   “Simulating the Processes of Science, Technology, and Innovation” Deadline: 30th November 2015 Motivation In a knowledge-based economy, science and technology are omnipresent and their importance is undisputed. Equally evident is the need to allocate resources (both monetary and labor) in an effective way to foster innovation. In the last decades, science policy has embraced scientometrics to gain insights into the structure and evolution of science and devised diverse metrics and indicators... [Read more]  

Posted by Jong-on on 08/26/2015 - 05:08
Hello SCISIP community,   Please see the position description attached for Chief Research Technologist at RAND.  The position is in Santa Monica.  Interested parties should contact Nicholas Burger at Jong-on   Begin forwarded message: __________________________________________________________________________ This email message is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or... [Read more]  

Posted by Avery Sen on 08/25/2015 - 10:36
Unrelated to yesterday's request, NOAA is seeking a permanent Chief Economic Advisor, if you or anyone you know is interested.   See below.   Avery     ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Micah Effron - NOAA Affiliate <> Date: Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 1:59 PM Subject: [noaasocsci] Chief Economic Advisor Recruitment To:   Please... [Read more]  

Posted by Katy Borner on 08/25/2015 - 08:55
Title: Asst/ Assoc/ Full Professor Department: Information and Library Science Expected start date: 08/01/2016   Position summary: The School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, Bloomington, invites applications for a position beginning in Fall 2016 in the Department of Information and Library Science (all subareas solicited with preference for data curation, CSCW, digital libraries, information policy, digital youth, documentation, metadata, and the social web). This position is open at all levels (... [Read more]  

Posted by Avery Sen on 08/24/2015 - 08:23
SciSIPers,   Just got a request from the boss to explain our organizational model of research with respect to other possible alternatives.   Can my colleagues on this listserv direct me to some good materials about how (and why) federal research is organized as it is?  Labs, granting programs, FFRDCs, cooperative institutions, etc?   Thanks in advance!   Avery   --   Avery Sen, PhD  Team Lead for Strategic Planning (Acting)    Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation Oceanic and... [Read more]  
Replied by Holly Falk-Krzesinski on 08/24/2015 - 13:04
Avery:   Some helpful resources: ·       Vannevar Bush’s report in 1945 entitled “Science: The Endless Frontier,” ·       The Wikipedia article about Vannevar Bush, which is from the perspective of his efforts to shape the national research enterprise, ·       An overview of the DOE nat’l lab system,... [Read more]  
Replied by Deborah Stine on 08/24/2015 - 13:36
I think this National Academies report might have what you are looking for….Allocating Federal Funds for Science and Technology — particularly Chapter 1.  (Downloadable PDF available at no cost.)   Debbie   Deborah D. Stine, PhD Professor of the Practice, Engineering and Public Policy Department  Associate Director for Policy Outreach, Scott Institute for... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 08/24/2015 - 08:20
Yes – it is all VB’s fault  – but seriously – I think there is today a lack of understanding that the way the US organizes research and funding was a choice made – and to my mind (and I may be wrong) I do not believe there been a indepth, comprehensive evaluation of how well this approach is working 70 years on…. I would also recommend as a companion to the Bush cannon Dan Sarewitz’s book Frontiers of Illusion.   Susan M.... [Read more]  
Replied by Jim Burke on 08/24/2015 - 09:39
You may want to do a quick search on GAO. They recently completed a review of Army labs and in past looked at FFRDCs.  I can't search right now but if you can't find, let me know and I will retrieve later today.  Cheers Jim   [Read more]  
Replied by Jeff Williams on 08/24/2015 - 09:43
Avery, Would you be able to share your final presentation with the listserv? I think that would be helpful/interesting to a lot of us to see what you come up with, especially as regards the "why" question and the historical drivers behind today's structure.   Understandable if it cannot be shared, of course.   --Jeff     [Read more]