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Replied by Hale, Katherine L. on 04/17/2017 - 15:12
Holly,   The National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG) no longer occurs. It surveyed individuals, not universities.   You could add to your list the Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities,   Katherine Hale Senior Science Resources Analyst Science and Engineering Indicators Program National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics National Science Foundation 703-292-7786... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/17/2017 - 10:24
Knowledge could be one general purpose.   But by the tone of your email I feel we are communicating at cross purposes.   My ideal would be to strive for less burden – better knowledge.    I wasn’t expecting a question about how much duplication of effort reporting requires would subject me to a lecture.   And if I wanted to be provocative I would suggest that people’s time is highly taxed already without much worry about it.   Thank you for your responses.   On my end, the subject is closed. Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.President, James S. McDonnell Foundation Visit JSMF forum on... [Read more]  
Replied by David Wojick on 04/17/2017 - 12:18
Sorry, I was just trying to explain how the government actually operates in this context. If that is not a consideration then my point was pointless.David [Read more]  
Replied by Christopher Hill on 04/17/2017 - 15:43
While noting and managing the burden of Federal agency data collection from universities, it is important to keep in mind that these same data are extremely valuable to the reporting institutions, both internally and as they position themselves in the highly competitive higher education marketplace. How often have we heard, "I wish the [fill in the blank agency] had more and more detailed data on [fill in the blank.]  I just don't want them to ask me to provide that data for my institution"?... [Read more]  
I have a bias here as our nonprofit was founded primarily to address the researcher burden of duplicative 'admin data' collection.When the is a high overlap in the admin data being collected we believe there is an opportunity for the collecting agencies to assess the level of commonality and harmonization potential and codify that agreement into a standard that research institutions can build into their local admin data software (where possible). This way, rather than multiple overlapping surveys and data-entry anew each time - institutions could generate annual 'mini-reports' that... [Read more]  
Replied by David Wojick on 04/18/2017 - 04:34
Sounds great, D. You should be talking to OIRA, since they make federal information collection policy, right down to individual collections, and they have the power to enforce it. The National Science and Technology Council, which consists of all the science agencies, also has a new Interagency Working Group on Open Science (IWGOS) that might be interested. Davidinside Public Access [Read more]  
Replied by Christopher Hill on 04/18/2017 - 08:43
Also good to check in with NCSES at NSF, which has a long-standing interest in these data and issues. Reform is difficult. The situation is complicated. "Who knew??" Sent from my iPhone On Apr 18, 2017, at 8:31 AM, David Wojick <dwojick@CRAIGELLACHIE.US> wrote: Sounds great, D. You should be talking to OIRA, since they make federal information collection policy, right down to individual collections, and they have the power to enforce it. The National Science and Technology Council, which consists of all the... [Read more]  
Replied by David Baker on 04/18/2017 - 06:28
Thanks, both, for the suggestions; I have forwarded to some on my Board to discuss. These things take time but as the old adage goes: the best time to plant a tree is twenty year ago - the second best time is now.In a not-too-distant past nobody would have thought every single government department on the planet would agree to adopt a single format and approach to their communications - then the web grew.If others on this list sit on these mentioned bodies or have other suggestions please reach out.(D)avid BakerExecutive Director, CASRAI [Read more]  

Posted by Voytek, Kenneth P. (Fed) on 04/17/2017 - 09:06
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Posted by Loet Leydesdorff on 04/17/2017 - 05:25
Expected Synergy in Spanish Regional and National Systems of Innovation Dividedness and the Expected Synergy in a Non-Linear Model of Spanish Regional and National Systems of Innovation We analyze the Spanish national and regional innovation systems in terms of the expected synergies at NUTS2 (19 regions) and NUTS3 (51 provinces) levels. Synergy is operationalized as generating options for further development among distributions of firm characteristics (N ≈ 1M). Regionalization has been an... [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 04/16/2017 - 17:25
Four ways Jared Kushner can modernize governmentAndrew R. Feldman and Robert SheaThursday, April 13, 2017 ... [Read more]  

Posted by Andrew Reamer on 04/14/2017 - 07:18've added a new first section that provides lists of federal laws supporting small business development in two formats: U.S. Code – Chapters and Sections Concerning Small Business Development Public Laws in Support of Small Business Development: 83rd-115th Congresses (1953-2017) This is still a work-in-progress. Further enhancements to... [Read more]  

Posted by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/13/2017 - 07:43
I have realized my broadside about my hopes that the academic research community will play it straight even in these threatening times might have been misconstrued as a direct criticism of the Stine and Wagner piece because I responded using a post out of sequence.    I meant it as a more general cautionary note in response to the general messages I have heard coming out – it was triggered more by the “like Beer; like Science” quote than anything else.    (Although, personally, I think there is a lot of science in beer!) .   Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.President, James S. McDonnell... [Read more]  

Posted by jobs on 04/13/2017 - 11:51
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Posted by Deborah Stine on 04/12/2017 - 18:47
Greetings everyone,   Caroline Wagner and I have a new op-ed up on “The Hill” website  -- Cuts to scientific research portend a lost generation of innovation   I thought you might like to see it, and the idea for it came out of the discussion on this listserve a few weeks ago.    Please pass... [Read more]  
Replied by James Gover on 04/12/2017 - 14:33
Deborah,These very high level endorsements are fine, but incomplete. In the case of research, the devil is in the details. Keep in mind that the majority of federal R&D is sponsored by or conducted by mission driven institutions. For example, lets assume that DOE gives research grants to Ford to develop electric vehicle technology.  This raises the questions: Why does the taxpayer pay a portion of Ford's research? If DOE funds a portion of Ford's research, should it also fund similar amounts of research at GM and Chrysler? And perhaps, Toyota, Honda, BMW, Daimler, Hyundai and... [Read more]  
Replied by Eugene Arthurs on 04/12/2017 - 21:48
Dear Debbie,   Before I comment on your article, let me say that I am strongly opposed to cuts in investment in science, though I do believe there is considerable scope to improve this spending of taxpayers money.   I have always liked to see the Pew data on the public’s support for science. It was not until recently that the important questions on the public’s priorities for spending taxpayers’ money were asked. Science was clearly a top area to cut, if cuts were necessary.  We have a lot of work to do to change the perception of science as a... [Read more]  
Replied by Sam Weiss EVANS on 04/12/2017 - 16:14
Thanks for sharing this, Deborah. I think it is a strong statement supporting funding scientific research, but I have to admit I’m conflicted about the polarization in the argument, and the lack of any statement about how this could be a chance to think about *how* we spend taxpayer money as well as *how much* we spend.  I can totally see how the argument needs to be clear and concise for this audience, and how these are still opening salvos in the slog to sort out the budget. I just wonder if we are holding our cards a little too close to our chest. If we are pointing the... [Read more]  
Replied by Godin, Benoît on 04/12/2017 - 19:05
I totally agree with Eugene. Apart from scientists’ representative organizations, very few people today hold a discourse on science and research as the originator of innovations. The link is a lot more complicated than that and the empirical evidence quite inconclusive. Scientists do not help their cause at all in continuing to support a century years old discourse on a kind of linear model. The discourse on innovation of the last decades has led to the marginalization of research in public policies and public funding, and it would only get worse if scientists do not renew their own... [Read more]