CENDI Interest Area — Information Policy
CENDI works on behalf of its members to identify emerging scientific and technical policy issues and to provide forums for their discussion, including the following:
- Public/private relationships and public access issues
- The work of the Interagency Committee on Government Information (ICGI)
- Database protection
- Scientific and technical information in tight research budgets
- Federal web governance policy
- Federal, agency-wide policy on scientific and technical information
- Federal web harvesting
- Specific policies issued by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other agencies related to information management
As a continuing project, CENDI provides a discussion forum on open/pubic acess developments. On behalf of its member agencies, CENDI has provided input on the implementation of the E-Government Act, specifically in the areas of persistent identification and copyright issues related to government web sites. CENDI has taken a leadership role in responding to the National Science Board's long-lived data initiative. We provided input to the draft study, held a joint roundtable discussion with CODATA; and presented a symposium at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "The Expanding Universe of Digital Data Collections."
In preparation for the new Administration, CENDI put together a white paper of its national STI priorities. The paper is available for review as CENDI publication CENDI/2009-2: Government Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Challenges and Opportunities.
In the past, CENDI has commented on the closure of NTIS and on the information dissemination policies contained in OMB Directive A-130.
As a result of the Scientific Data Management (SDM) Workshop held June 29 - July 1, 2010 at EPA Headquarters in Washington DC, CENDI published a report that highlights the important findings, issues and recommendations of the current SDM landscape. The report is available for review as CENDI publication CENDI/2011-1: Harnessing the Power: Taking the Next Steps