STAND BY. PLEASE STAND BY. >>WELCOME TO OUR SECOND DAY.
WE HAD A GREAT DAY YESTERDAY. I TALKED TO A LOT OF YOU ABOUT
IT. PEOPLE ARE FEELING GOOD ABOUT
THE PRESENTATIONS, ECONOMIC DATA DISCUSSIONS, CONTRACTING
DISCUSSION, ALL OF THAT WENT VERY WELL.
WE HAVE A FULL DAY TODAY. I’LL TURN IT OVER TO IAN IN A
MINUTE BUT HOUSEKEEPING THINGS, RESTROOMS AS I SAID YESTERDAY
OUT THE DOOR TO THE RIGHT, THE LEFT, FOR THE WOMEN, SECOND LEFT
FOR THE MEN’S. IF THERE’S AN EMERGENCY
EVACUATION GO PAST THE MEN’S TO THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE STAIRS,
FOLKS WILL BE HERE TO HELP. WE DON’T EXPECT THAT.
AT THE END OF THE DAY LEAVE YOUR NAME TAGS ON THE TABLE.
WE RECYCLE ALL THAT STUFF. I THINK THAT’S ALL I’VE GOT IN TERMS OF HOUSEKEEPING.
>>THANK YOU, BURTON. I’M GLAD TO SEE EVERYBODY DIDN’T
LET THE NEW YORK RAIN KEEP US FROM MAKING IT ON TIME, A
SPECIAL DAY FOR THOSE ABLE TO JOIN US AT THE RECEPTION.
DANIEL CASTRO WAS THE LAST STANDING, A COMMITMENT TO THE
CO-CHAIR, EVERYTHING WE’RE ADDRESSING.
ALL SORTS OF INTERESTING THINGS, I’M EXCITED ABOUT OUR OPENING
KEYNOTE WHICH I’LL INTRODUCE IN JUST A MOMENT.
FIRST OVER TO KIM AND DANIEL, ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO OPEN UP
WITH, THE FRAMING OF TODAY’S EVENTS?
>>I WENT FIRST YESTERDAY. >> I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO
SAY. I’M JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. >>OKAY.
LET ME GIVE FRAMING AS TO THE OBJECTIVES OF THE DAY IN TERMS
OF THE AGENDA, SO BASICALLY WE’RE GOING TO START WITH AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LARGER PATH OF WHERE IS THE DATA PILLAR
GOING, OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, FUTURE OF THE CDS, FUTURE OF
THIS STRATEGIC GOAL AND FUTURE OF THE CDAC ITSELF.
AFTERWARDS WE’LL HAVE A BIT MORE COMMERCE DEEP DIVES INTO WHO
AREAS WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT, TOM BEACH WHO YOU MET WHO COUNCIL
MEETINGS AGO IS BACK TO REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF WHAT HE
PROMISED LAST TIME. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE IS
ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS MODERNIZATION PLANS OF ANY
GOVERNMENT I’VE EVER SEEN, I’VE WORKED FOR A LOT OF GOVERNMENTS
IN VARIOUS CAPACITIES, I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THE
PLAN. THOMAS CAN TALK ABOUT WHERE THEY
ARE AT AND WHERE THEY ARE GOING.
WE HAVE BOB HANISCH TO TALK ABOUT
THINGS, CALLING IN KEVIN, ALLEN, REGARDING PUBLIC/PRIVATE
PARTNERSHIPS, HE HAS A SPECIFIC PROPOSAL BASICALLY TO SHARE
AND OPEN TO SOME FEEDBACK ABOUT THAT ESSENTIAL PART OF A
LARGER ECOSYSTEM. AND WE’RE TRYING TO GIVE
OURSELVES FROM THE LESSONS OF PREVIOUS COUNCIL MEETINGS MORE
TIME AT THE BACK END FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS AND
NEXT STEPS AND WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO AND STUFF THAT IN
THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS HAVE BEEN RUSHED.
WE WANT TO GIVE OURSELVES MORE TIME THIS TIME AROUND TO DIVE
INTO THOSE AND MAKE SURE WE HAVE IT WELL UNDERSTOOD AND HAVE A
GOOD EXCHANGE. SO THOSE ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF
TODAY’S AGENDA. YESTERDAY WAS A LOT OF FUN.
WE COVERED QUITE A BIT AS PART OF THE COUNCIL’S OFFICIAL
ACTIONS, WE’LL BE DIGESTING THE MAJOR TAKEAWAYS, I WON’T
SUMMARIZE WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY, WE’LL DO THAT LATER
ANYWAY. INSTEAD I THINK I’M JUST GOING
TO GO TO OUR OPENING KEYNOTE, WITH A STRANGE BIT OF IRONY
SOMEHOW COMMERCE.GOR IS NOT OPENING ON MY BROWSER.
SO I’LL READ FROM MY CELL PHONE. ANDREWS, I’M HONORED ON SO MANY
LEVELS TO SIT NEXT TO HIM. HE GAVE ME THE DREAM JOB
OPPORTUNITY, JUST ABOUT A YEAR-AND-A-HALF AGO, CHANGED MY
LIFE AND I’M DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR HIS CONFIDENCE, POOR
JUDGMENT, ONE OR THE OTHER, AND OVERWHELMING
SUPPORT FOR EVERYTHING THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE.
NONE OF US WOULD BE HERE WITHOUT HIM.
LET’S PUT THAT UP FRONT IN TERMS OF HIS INTRO, HE’S DONE A FEW
OTHER THINGS SO I’LL PRESENT HIS BACKGROUND HERE.
BRUCE ANDREWS WAS CONFIRMED AS DEPUTY SECRETARY ON JULY 2014,
BRUCE WAS NAMED ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY OF COMMERCE BY
PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY PENNY PRITZKER IN
JUNE, HE WAS IN THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, GENERAL
COUNSEL FOR U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE SCIENCE
AND TRANSPORTATION, HE WAS ON THE HILL WATCHING COMMERCE
BEFORE HE CAME TO COMMERCE. WHERE HE SERVED AS CHIEF COUNCIL
FOR COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR POLICY LEGAL AND JURISDICTION
ISSUES, BEFORE JOINING THE THE ECONOMY STAFF BRUCE SERVED AS
VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS FOR FORD MOTOR COMPANY,
PRIOR TO JOINING FORD HE PRACTICED LAW AS AN ATTORNEY IN
PUBLIC POLICY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS, ALSO A
MEMBER OF QUINN GILLESPIE AND ASSOCIATES WORKING ON A VARIETY
OF ISSUES, TRANSPORTATION, TECHNOLOGY, JUDICIARY
TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR, HE BEGAN HIS
CAREER ON CAPITOL HILL, WORKED WITH GREAT PUBLIC SERVANTS, A
NEW YORK NATIVE. WELCOME BACK. BASED IN OUR CAPITAL, SO WITH
THAT AND WITH MUCH HONOR I TURN IT OVER TO YOU, BRUCE.
>>GREAT. THANK YOU, IAN, FOR THAT KIND
INTRODUCTION. GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY.
IT’S GREAT TO SEE YOU. I’VE MET A NUMBER OF YOU IN THE
COMMERCE LAW LIBRARY, ONE OF THE PREVIOUS CDAC MEETINGS,
IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE AGAIN.
I WANT TO THANK GOOGLE FOR PLAYING HOST TODAY.
WE APPRECIATE THEIR WILLINGNESS TO HOST US HERE IN THEIR
BEAUTIFUL FACILITY. I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS MY
GRATITUDE AND GRATITUDE OF SECRETARY PRITZKER TO OUR
COMMERCE DATA ADVISORY COUNCIL CO-CHAIRS, KIM STEVENSON AND
DANIEL CASTRO, THANK YOU FOR BEING PARTNERS IN THIS.
WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE ELSE HERE AND WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO HELP
MAKE THE CDAC SUCCESSFUL. I WANT TO STEP BACK AND TAKE A
LITTLE HISTORY LESSON, HISTORY REVIEW, WHERE WE’VE COME FROM ON
THIS. TWO YEARS AGO, THIS COUNCIL
DIDN’T EVEN EXIST. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
AS YOU ALL KNOW COLLECTS MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF DATA, ENOUGH TO
FILL TWO LIBRARY OF CONGRESSES EVERY DAY, A HUGE AMOUNT, YET UNTIL RECENTLY, UNTIL IAN’S
ARRIVAL WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHIEF DATA OFFICER, AND NOW IT’S
MOVED FROM A SMALL PART OF THE DEPARTMENT TO BEING A CRITICAL
PART OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. TWO YEARS LATER WE’RE IN A MUCH
BETTER PLACE.
DATA IS A KEY PILLAR, WE HAVE IAN AND TY GRANDISON AS HIS
DEPUTY. AND THE FIRST DATA SIGN TEST,
JEFF CHEN, A BIG STEP IN OUR DATA JOURNEY.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW NEVER BEFORE HAS A FEDERAL AGENCY MADE
DATA PART OF A STRATEGIC PRIORITY OF THEIR DEPARTMENT,
BUT BY DOING SO IT’S HELPING US TO DELIVER ON OUR MISSION,
WHICH IS GROWING OUR ECONOMY AND HELPING AMERICAN BUSINESSES
TO COMPETE AND TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY. ONCE WE RECOGNIZE THE HUGE ROLE,
THE DATA PLAYS ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT FROM PATENT OFFICE TO
CENSUS BUREAU TO NOAA TO MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
AGENCY, I THINK WE RECOGNIZE WE’RE SITTING ON THIS PROVERBIAL
GOLD MINE OF DATA, AND THEN THE QUESTION IS WHAT CAN WE DO
AND HOW DO WE BE SUCCESSFUL, BECAUSE IF WE’RE THE DEPARTMENT
OF COMMERCE AIMING TO HELP BUSINESSES COMPETE IN THE 21ST
CENTURY, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT TREASURE TROVE OF DATA
IS A RESOURCE THAT WE SHARE. LEVERAGING RESOURCES IS
ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT NOW. IN TODAY’S DIGITAL ECONOMY, AS
YOU GUYS WELL KNOW, IT’S JUST TRANSFORMING EVERY INDUSTRY.
IN REALITY, I MENTIONED THIS TO A COUPLE OF YOU, I WAS IN
HANOVER, GERMANE LAST WEEK WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY
PRITZKER HELPING TO LEAD THE U. S. DELEGATION TO HANOVER.
WHAT DOES AN INDUSTRIAL TRADE FAIR HAVE TO DO WITH DATA AND
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT? WHAT WAS FASCINATING TO ME WAS
IT WASN’T JUST, YOU KNOW, THE WORLD’S BEST MANUFACTURERS
SHOWING OFF NEW MACHINERY. WHAT WAS REALLY APPARENT THOUGH
IS THE DATA DISRUPTION IS ALIVE AND WELL ON THE FACTORY FLOOR,
AND THE CONVERGENCE OF WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD
IN THOSE MACHINES IN MANUFACTURING ALONG WITH THE
DIGITAL WORLD, AND IT REALLY WAS AN INCREDIBLE GLIMPSE INTO
WHAT I THINK IS THE FUTURE AND WHAT’S GOING TO, YOU KNOW, WHAT
I THINK WILL BE A FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION OF THE
WAY THAT DATA CHANGES THE WORLD.
SOME OF YOUR COMPANIES ARE ALREADY VERY ENGAGED IN THIS.
I SAW A NUMBER OF FAMILIAR FACES EXHIBITING AT THE FAIR, BUT
THE RECOGNITION OF HOW THIS IS JUST GOING TO CHANGE EVERYTHING
ACROSS OUR MANUFACTURING SECTOR, ACROSS OUR ECONOMY, IS
PRETTY PROFOUND. BECAUSE WE’RE MOVING TOWARDS A
GLOBAL ECONOMY, WHERE DEVELOPERS IN SALTS CAN RAISE CAPITAL
FROM INVESTORS IN LONDON TO START FACTORIES IN KENYA AND
MONITORING FROM THE CLOUD IN NORTH CAROLINA.
WE’RE IN A GLOBAL WORLD. WE’VE HEARD TIME IS MONEY.
IN TODAY’S DIGITAL ECONOMY, DATA IS THE THING THAT PROVIDES THE
ECONOMIC VALUE. AND I KNOW I DON’T NEED TO TELL
YOU THE VALUE OF THE DATASETS OR ENTREPRENEURS, BUSINESSES
AND INSTITUTIONS OF ALL KINDS. RESULTS WE ALL WANT IT TO IF IT’S INDECYPHERRABLE AND
INACCESSIBLE AND WE STARTED THE COUNCIL TO RECOGNIZE WE NEED
INSIGHT OF PRIVATE SECTOR TO UNLEASH DATA NOT JUST FOR THE
GOOD OF SOCIETY BUT SPECIFIC TO HELP BENEFIT BUSINESSES AND
CONSUMERS AND HELP AMERICAN ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS.
LOOKING BACK SINCE OUR MEETING A YEAR AGO WE’VE TAKEN YOUR
FEEDBACK AND RUN WITH IT. I HOPE YOU’VE SEEN THE FEEDBACK
GO INTO A LOOP THAT’S VERY QUICKLY ACTED UPON.
WE’RE LIVING UP TO OUR MONIKER THAT WE’VE GIVEN AS BEING
AMERICA’S DATA AGENCY AND WE’RE FOCUSED EVERY DAY, AND THIS
TEAM IS DOING A PHENOMENAL JOB OF REALLY FOCUSING, BUT YOUR
INPUT AND GUIDANCE IS SO IMPORTANT TO US IN A LEADERSHIP
LEVEL ABOUT HOW WE MOST EFFECTIVELY DO THIS.
BUT I DON’T THINK — DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT.
YOU HEARD YESTERDAY SOME OF THE PILOT PROJECTS, PROJECTS THAT
HAD BEEN LAUNCHED, AS A RESULT OF YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS.
AND I THINK THAT’S REALLY THE PROOF OF THE GREAT BENEFIT YOU
ARE PROVIDING US. I WANT TO SAY A THANK YOU, BUT I
ALSO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE WAYS THE CDAC IS
CHANGING HOW THE DEPARTMENT USES DATA.
FOR EXAMPLE, NOAA’S BIG DATA PROJECT IS A GREAT EXAMPLE.
WORKING WITH TOP CLOUD SERVICES PROVIDERS INCLUDING SOME HERE
TODAY, NOAA IS OPENING UP MORE OF THE ASTOUNDING VOLUMES OF
DATA IT COLLECTS EVERY DAY. AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK
AT THE ECONOMIC VALUE THAT CAN BE CREATED ON TOP OF THAT DATA,
AND THE BENEFIT THAT COMES TO CONSUMERS AND SOCIETY, IT’S
REALLY ASTOUNDING ACTUALLY. SO LAST FALL WE MARKED A MAJOR
MILE PHONE WITH AMAZON, MADE NEXRAD DATA FREE AND OPEN TO THE
PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME. C.J. MOSES IS HERE, THANK YOU
FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP WITH US. IT’S BEEN REMARKABLY HELPFUL, SO
THANK YOU. WE’VE ALSO EMBRACED YOUR VISION
FOR MAKING COMMERCE DATA MORE ACCESSIBLE, AND THAT WAS WHEN WE
WENT TO HIRE A CHIEF DATA OFFICER, THAT WAS ONE OF THE BIG
GOALS, BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE ACROSS THE
ORGANIZATION AND FRANKLY IN SOME CASES INSIDE THE ORGANIZATION
OUR DATA NEARLY AS ACCESSIBLE AS WE WANTED IT AND NEEDED IT
TO BE. INSTEAD OF KEEPING DATA SILOED
BETWEEN OUR BUREAUS, WE’RE PRESENTING IT IN WAYS THAT WILL
MAKE IT MORE RELEVANT TO THE WORLD, AND THE REAL WORLD NEEDS
PEOPLE FACE. YOU TOLD US TO THE CONSULTANT
TRYING TO HELP BUSINESSES DECIDE WHERE TO OPEN ITS NEXT BRANCH
OR NEXT OFFICE, AND MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHERE THE DATA COMES
FROM, FROM ECONOMIC STATISTICS OR CENSUS BUREAU.
WHAT REALLY MATTERS IS OUR DATA IS ACCESSIBLE AND EASY TO USE
SO WE’VE BEEN VERY FOCUSED ON THAT.
AND TAKE FOR INSTANCE PTO, PATENTED AND TRADEMARK OFFICES
NEW DEVELOPER HUB. THIS SITE LET’S YOU PULL PATENT
DATA AND COMBINE IT WITH DIFFERENT SOURCES.
LET’S SAY WE HAVE A DATA SCIENTIST WORKING IN THE
FINANCIAL SECTOR, HE OR SHE COULD MATCH FILING RATES TO GEOGRAPHICAL DATA TO HELP
INVESTORS RECOGNIZE REGIONAL TRENDS.
IN MARCH THE WHITE HOUSE HELPED US LAUNCH THE OPPORTUNITY
PROJECT. THIS IS A NEAT ONE BECAUSE THE
OPPORTUNITY PROJECT COMBINES CENSUS DATA ON INCOME,
EDUCATION, AND POVERTY WITH OTHER SOURCES TO PROVIDE A
HOLISTIC VIEW OF THE OPPORTUNITY AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL
ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. FOR BUSINESSES, ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS, THESE
INNOVATIVE DATASETS MAY SHED LIGHT ON CHALLENGES SUCH AS
INEQUALITY IN HOUSING, AFFORDABILITY, IN A WHOLE NEW
WAY. CDAC HAS EMPHASIZED OUR NEED TO
BETTER COMMUNICATE THE VALUE OF COMMERCE DATA TO PEOPLE IN
DIFFERENT FIELDS. AND WE’RE WORKING HARD AS YOU
SAID TO HUMANISE THE DATA, BECAUSE THAT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT
WE HAVE IT, WE’VE GOT TO TELL OUR STORY.
IN JANUARY WE LAUNCHED THE COMMERCE DATA USABILITY PROJECT
HOSED AT COMMERCE.GOV, USING GITHUB, CODERS ARE MAKING
ENGAGING AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND TUTORIALS THAT SHOWCASE HOW
COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE USING COMMERCE DATA.
WITH THIS PROJECT WE’RE REDUCING DATA CONSUMPTION TIME DOWN
FROM MONTHS TO JUST HOURS. I WAS PROUD TO SHOW OFF SOME OF
THESE PROJECTS DURING MY RECENT TALK AT A CONFERENCE IN SAN
FRANCISCO. TAKE FOR EXAMPLE THE ONLINE REAL
ESTATE GIANT ZILLOW, ALSO REPRESENTED HERE TODAY, USING
CENSUS BUREAU AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY DATA, ZILLOW IS HELPING
BUYERS FIND THE HOME OF THEIR DREAMS IN THE COMMUNITY OF
THEIR DREAMS. DATA IS MAKING AN IMPACT IN THE
NON-PROFIT WORLD AS WELL. THE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP EARTH
GENOME IS INCORPORATING NOAA TOPOGRAPHY DATA INTO WETLAND
RESTORATION MODEL TO ENCOURAGE INDUSTRY TO MAKE SUSTAINABLE
DECISIONS. YET THE COMMERCE DATA USABILITY
PROJECT IS MORE THAN JUST A HIGHLIGHT REEL OF SUCCESSES,
IT’S A VAST RESOURCE FOR DATA SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS
LOOKING TO RESEARCH OUR DATA. ONE OF THE GREATEST LESSONS
WE’VE LEARNED FROM CDAC IS THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE MUST MAKE DATA PART
OF MUSCLE MEMORY. LAST NOVEMBER, SECRETARY
PRITZKER ANNOUNCED THE FIRST EVER COMMERCE DATA SERVICE LED
BY IAN AND HIS TEAM, AND ALTHOUGH WE MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO
RUN THE GOVERNMENT LIKE A START-UP, WE’RE SO GLAD THAT A
START-UP IS UP AND RUNNING IN THE GOVERNMENT AND WE’VE SEEN
TANGIBLE SUCCESS. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY TALENTED
TEAM, DIVERSE TEAM OF TRULY ENERGETIC AND TALENTED
INNOVATORS, AND ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE THEY ARE
BUILDING NEW APPS AN TOOLS TO HELP OUR STAFF ACHIEVE THEIR
RESULTS WHICH HAS BEEN REALLY FUN TO WATCH THE REACTION TO
THIS NEW PROGRAM COMING FORWARD TO HELP PEOPLE TO DO THE JOBS
IN DIFFERENT WAYS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE TEAM IS HELPING
THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION TO INCREASE U.S.
EXPORTS. HELPING AMERICAN COMPANIES TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THE AMAZING EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES THAT LIE BEYOND
OUR BORDERS IS ITA’S TOP PRIORITY.
YET IDENTIFYING FIRMS THAT WERE READY TO TAKE THE LEAP INTO
EXPORTING HAS NOT BEEN EASY, FRANKLY A MAJOR CHALLENGE FOR
US. TO SOLVE THAT CHALLENGE THE
COMMERCE DATA SERVICE TEAM IS WORKING ON SOMETHING THAT WE
CALL THE NEW EXPORTERS PROJECT. TECHNIQUES TO COMBINE OUR
EXISTING DATASETS WITH DATA FROM THE BUSINESS WORLD, THE GOAL
IS TO DEVELOP A PREDICTIVE MODEL FOR THE CHARACTERISTICS
OF SUCCESSFUL EXPORTERS. SO WE COULD ACTUALLY FIGURE OUT
WHO THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD BE BEFORE THEY ARE EVEN STARTING TO
EXPORT. AND THE NEW EXPORTERS PROJECT
MAY HELP ITA TO IDENTIFY NEW LEADS IN DRAMATICALLY INCREASED
HOW MANY BUSINESSES WOULD BECOME EXPORTERS, WHICH IS A
VERY SIGNIFICANT PRIORITY OF PRESIDENT OBAMA, UNDER THE
NATIONAL EXPORT INITIATIVE AND MAKING THE UNITED STATES ABLE TO
REACH THE 95 — OR 96% OF CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE OF OUR
BORDERS. SO IN SHORT THE COMMERCE DATA
SERVICE IS RAISING THE STANDARD FOR WHAT SOFTWARE CAN DO FOR
GOVERNMENT. BUT TO BE DONE WELL, WHEN IT’S
DONE WELL, SOFTWARE CAN HELP GOVERNMENT SERVE THE PUBLIC MORE
EFFECTIVELY, AND EFFICIENTLY, AND THAT’S WHAT THIS TEAM IS
REALLY FOCUSED ON. OF COURSE, WE CAN’T JUST RELY
OUTSIDE TALENT AS WELL. WE HAVE TO BUILD SKILLS WITHIN
THE DEPARTMENT FROM THE BOTTOM UP.
AND FROM THE START, CDAC HAS EMPHASIZED A DATA DRIVEN AGENCY
NEEDS A DATA-DRIVEN WORKFORCE. THAT WE’RE TRYING TO CHANGE THE
VIEW WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE.
WE UNDERTOOK AN EFFORT TO HELP MORE EMPLOYEES WITHIN THE
DEPARTMENT TO GAIN SKILLS IN THE BEST PRACTICES OF OPEN SOURCE
DATA AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY. THIS PAST FEBRUARY, WE LAUNCHED
THE COMMERCE DATA ACADEMY WITH GUIDANCE FROM CDAC, WE BROUGHT
SOME PRIVATE SECTORS’ MOST RESPECTED LEADERS TO THE TABLE
TO HELP US. TOGETHER GENERAL ASSEMBLY, THE
COMMERCE LIBRARY AND LINK LAUNCHED A JOINTLY RUN PILOT
PROJECT, WE DECIDED TO OFFER FOUR BASIC COURSES IN AREAS LIKE
HTML AND CSF, AND STORY TELLING WITH DATA TO GAUGE THE
INTEREST OF COMMERCE EMPLOYEES, AND THE RECEPTION HAS BEEN
OVERWHELMING. AND FRANKLY THAT’S ONE OF THE
THINGS THAT I’VE BEEN MOST EXCITED ABOUT.
WE LEARNED THAT STAFF ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WAS NOT
JUST HUNGRY BUT THEY WERE EXCITED TO LEARN ABOUT THE TOOLS
OF THE DIGITAL ECONOMY. AND SO OVER 3500 EMPLOYEES HAVE
ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR THIS TRAINING WHICH OUT OF A
DEPARTMENT OF 47 PEOPLE IS IMPRESSIVE.
THE DEMAND FOR DIGITAL SKILLS IS IT CLEARLY THERE AND WE’RE
DETERMINED TO MEET IT AND HELP OUR EMPLOYEES WITH THIS.
WE’RE LIVING IN A TIME OF UNPRECEDENTED INNOVATION.
OUR ECONOMY IS EVOLVING FASTER THAN EVER, AND THANKS TO CDAC
THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS EVOLVING WITH IT.
YET EVOLUTION IS A LONG-TERM GAME AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT.
ONE GENERATION, ONE SET OF LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE
DEPARTMENT, CAN’T JUST WRITE A NEW GENE INTO THE DNA OF THE
ORGANIZATION. NOR CAN ONE ADMINISTRATION
FOREVER CHANGE HOW A DEPARTMENT OR HOW THE GOVERNMENT WORKS.
AND SO IN THE COMING MONTHS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL BE
WINDING DONE, IT’S OVER EIGHT MONTHS TO BE EXACT.
THAT MEANS CDAC MUST PREPARE FOR THE TRANSITION TO THE NEXT
ADMINISTRATION. SO TODAY I ASK FOR THREE THINGS
FROM YOU IN THE COMING MONTHS AND ASK YOU TO THINK ABOUT.
FIRST, TO KEEP CDAC STRONG WE’LL NEED YOU TO BE ACTIVE PARTNERS THROUGHOUT
2016, FINISHING THIS ADMINISTRATION STRONG SO
IMPORTANT. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET OUR
LATEST DATA PROJECTS OFF THE GROUND, HIGHLIGHT SUCCESSES TO
THE MEDIA AND MAKE OUR WORK KNOWN TO INDUSTRY LEADERS.
SECONDLY, I ASKED THAT YOU START THINKING ABOUT CDAC 2.0, WITH
A NEW ADMINISTRATION, IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT NEW GOALS, NEW MEMBERS, AND GOVERNORRANCE
STRUCTURES. THE SOONER YOU TELL US YOUR
VISION, THE SOONER WE CAN LAY THE GROUND WORK FOR A SUCCESSFUL
TRANSITION, AND THE TRANSITION FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION TO
THE NEXT IS SOMETHING THAT SECRETARY PRITZKER AND I ARE
VERY FOCUSED ON BECAUSE WE WANT TO LEAVE A MUCH STRONGER
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR NEW TEAM THAT COMES IN THAN IT’S
EVER BEEN IN THE PAST. FINALLY WE ASK YOU TO BE OUR
HISTORIANS. AND THIS TIME, THE TIME IS NOW,
FOR THIS CDAC TO DOCUMENT LESSONS WE’VE LEARNED, STORIES
WORTH TELLING AND THE BEST PRACTICES WORTH SHARING BECAUSE
THAT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT GUIDE FOR THE FUTURE IN GOING FORWARD IN TWO YEARS CDAC
HELPED THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE EMBRACE DATA.
WE CAN’T GET LOST IN THE SHUFFLE OF THE CHANGE OF
ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT.
DATA IS TOO IMPORTANT TO THE GOVERNMENT, TO THE ECONOMY, AND
SO WE ASKED FOR YOUR HELP BECAUSE THE WORK OF WRITING
SMART DATA INTO THE DNA OF THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT IS ONLY JUST
THE BEGINNING. YOU KNOW, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF
YOU FOR ALL OF THE WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE, AND ALL OF THE
WORK THAT YOU’RE GOING TO HELP US DO GOING FORWARD, AND NOW I
ASK THAT YOU HELP THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO
SOLIDIFY OUR ROLE IN THE FUTURE AND KEEP US AS AMERICA’S DATA
AGENCY, SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO.
[APPLAUSE] >>THANK YOU BRUCE.
I’M VERY GRATEFUL SOME MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO JOIN HEATHER TO NOT
BE THE ROLE REPRESENTATIVES, AN
INTERESTING TENNIS MATCH. HERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR Q&A
WITH THE DEPUTY SECRETARY, AS YOU CAN SEE IF HIS OPENING
REMARKS HIS VISION AND PASSION FOR WHAT THE DEPARTMENT CAN DO,
COMES OUT IN HIS PRIORITIZATION, ATTITUDE,
EXCITEMENT, FELT THROUGH ALL THE 12 BUREAUS.
YESTERDAY WE TALKED ABOUT ONE DEPARTMENT, HOW TO HELP THE
DEPARTMENT REALLY BRING A NEW LEVEL OR ORGANIZATION AND
CAPABILITY BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT BUREAUS AND TRADITIONAL
GOVERNMENT SILOS, A LOT IS THROUGH BRUCE.
BRUCE IS THE LEADER OF THAT AND HOPEFULLY YOU SAW HIS
EXCITEMENT FOR OUR INITIATIVES. WELL, LET’S OPEN TO Q&A.
AS NORMAL, DON’T BE SHY, SHOW YOUR INTEREST WITH THE NAME TAGS
AND WE’LL GO FROM THERE. WHO WOULD LIKE TO START?
>>ON THE COMMERCE DATA ACADEMY WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST
EXCITING PROJECTS WE HAVE GOING ON, WHAT IS THE TIME LINE IN
TERMS OF GETTING AS MANY STAFF THROUGH THAT AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE
IT SEEMS LIKE IN TERMS OF LONG-TERM CHANGE KIND OF
CREATING THAT CULTURE OF, YOU KNOW, EXCITEMENT AROUND DATA AND
UNDERSTANDING DATA LITERACY WILL BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST
CHANGES YOU CAN DO IN THE NEXT, YOU KNOW, SIX MONTHS, IN THE
TIME THAT’S LEFT. >>LET ME — I’M GOING TO LET
IAN ANSWER BUT I WANT TO SAY ONE THING WHICH IS THIS HAS BEEN
REALLY FANTASTIC BECAUSE ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IN THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT IS THE ONGOING LEARNING AND ONGOING DEVELOPMENT
OF OUR STAFF. ONE OF THE THINGS — BECAUSE
WE’RE DEPENDENT ON APPROPRIATIONS FROM CONGRESS AND
OFTEN WORKING TRAINING AN WORKER DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYEE
DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE SOMETHING THAT GETS LOST WHEN
BUDGETS GET TIGHT, AND SO ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT THIS IS
IT’S WATCHING THE EXCITEMENT OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND THE
OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY AND
UNDERSTAND SOMETHING THAT WE’RE, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO LEAD IN
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUT ALSO TO GIVE THEM THIS OPPORTUNITY,
THIS SPECIFIC SCHEDULE. >> ON THE SCHEDULE ITSELF WE’LL
OFFER THE SAME SET OF COURSES, AT LEAST
TWICE A YEAR, WE’RE HOPING THAT WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS WE
CAN ACTUALLY HAVE EVERYONE PARTICIPATE IN THIS.
IT ALL DEPENDS UPON FUNDING. >> WELL, YEAH, IT WAS ONE OF
OUR BREAKOUT SUCCESSES, SO FROM THAT INITIAL PILOT A LOT OF THE
SUCCESS IS LEVEL OF INTEREST, WE HAVEN’T PUT EVERYONE THROUGH
THE TRAINING PROGRAM, IT’S THE FUNCTIONAL PIPELINE.
WE’RE FINDING WAYS TO SCALE EVEN THE INITIAL TRAINING, WE’RE
RECORDING IT, SHARING SOME OF THE CONTENT, SHARING LOSSES, BUT
IT’S FUNNY LIKE SO MANY OTHER, FROM THE STARTUPS, THE DATA
ACADEMY IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE. WE’RE ALSO GETTING INTEREST FROM
WHITE HOUSE AND BUREAUS THAT WANT TO REPRESENTLY CAN’T —
REPLICATE OUR MODEL AND EXPAND IT.
WE STARTED THIS TWO MONTHS AGO, WE HAVE TO SHIP IT OUT TO OTHER
GOVERNMENTS ALREADY? A GOOD EXAMPLE OF OUR SUCCESS,
PART OF THE CHALLENGE, HOW FAST WE GET THIS THING DEPLOYED.
>> SO I THINK IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THERE ARE
TWO ASPECTS TO THE DATA ACADEMY, ONE IS COURSES BEING
OFFERED ONLINE THAT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LITERALLY ARE TAKING,
BUT THERE ARE ALSO 20 PEOPLE WHO WENT THROUGH BOOT CAMP AND
THEIR BOSSES COMMITTED TO DEVOTE THEM SIX MONTHS, THREE
TO SIX MONTHS, TO THE DATA ACADEMY, TO THE CDM, TO EXPAND THE WORKFORCE AND TO INVESTMENT
ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT IN THE DATA INITIATIVE AND DATA
EFFORTS LED BY THE CDS, AND IT’S MORE THAN TO KEEP THOSE MOVING
FORWARD BECAUSE WE INCREASE DATA LITERACY THROUGH CLASSES,
INCREASE DATA ACCOMPLISHMENT THROUGH CLASSES AND WORK OF THE
CDS EXPANDED THROUGH THOSE DETAILS.
I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP THAT IN MIND.
>>WE TALKED BIT — ABOUT IT YESTERDAY, FOLKS
WHO KNOW HOW TO USE THE CDS, WHAT IT’S ABOUT, AND CAN TEE UP
PROJECTS. >>IN SHORT, THE PROJECTS CDS
ARE DOING ARE PROJECTS THAT REFLECT PRIORITIES OF THE BUREAUS.
>>ALONG THAT LINE I WAS INTERESTED IN THE ACADEMY THAT
YOU TALKED ABOUT YESTERDAY, QUITE INTERESTING, THE DEMAND
FOR THAT. REALLY THAT’S A NEED.
I WAS THINKING ABOUT AS WE PREPARE FOR THIS AFTERNOON’S
DISCUSSION ABOUT THE FUTURE, WHAT WE WANT TO FOCUS ON, THINK
ABOUT THE CDS, I GUESS GOING FORWARD IS IT — DO YOU WANT TO BE ENABLING, WHERE
IT’S, YOU KNOW, DOING ALL — DOING THINGS LIKE TRAINING OR
BETTER PRACTICES OR STANDARDS OR DOCUMENTING WAYS THAT IF
YOU’RE BOEING — GOING TO HAVE OPEN PLATFORM, BEST PRACTICES,
ENABLING, OR DO WE WANT IT TO BE A DEMONSTRATION INSTITUTION
WHERE — WHICH SOME OF THE PROJECTS YESTERDAY ARE THAT, SO
YOU’RE KIND OF SHOWING THE BEST PRACTICES BY ACTUALLY
IMPLEMENTING A FEW OF THEM, OR THE THIRD OPTION IS MORE OF
HARD-NOSED IMPLEMENTATION STRUCTURE, AROUND, AND WE’VE HAD
CONVERSATIONS LIKE THIS WHERE, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE LOOKED AT
A LIST I REMEMBER LIKE AT TEN DATASETS IN THE COMMERCE DOMAIN
THAT WERE HIGH DEMAND, NOT YET DIGITIZED OR FULLY AVAILABLE. MY THINKING WAS WOW, LET’S START
NUMBER ONE, WORK DOWN THE LIST, FIGURE OUT, YOU KNOW, WHY
IS IT NOT OPEN, AND THEN SOME OF THE BLOCKING AND TACKLING
AROUND GETTING PEOPLE THROUGH TO — YOU THINK ABOUT OPEN
DATA, A LOT IS AROUND FINDING THE DATA.
>>YEAH, YEAH. >>AND A LOT OF IT IS ACCESSING
IT. AND, YOU KNOW, CDS COULD BE
STRUCTURED OR FOCUS COULD BE ON SOLVING THE PROBLEM.
GOING FORWARD IT’S BEEN EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW.
HAVE A FEW OF WHAT IT SHOULD REALLY BE MORE OF, WHICH OF
THOSE THREE TYPES, ENABLING, DEMONSTRATION OR ACTUAL JUST
IMPLEMENTATION WHERE THEIR GOAL, PURE MEASUREMENT IS
UTILIZATION OF DATA ASSETS IN THE COMMERCE DOMAIN AND WHAT IT
TAKES TO GET THERE IS WHAT YOU WOULD DO HIM
>>. >>I’M GOING TO ARGUE ENABLE
MENT, TEACHING, TRAINING PEOPLE AND BEST PRACTICES, AS WELL AS
PRODUCTS THE BUREAUS CAN DO THEIR PURE MISSIONS IN A
DIFFERENT WAY. I’M GOING TO MERGE ONE AND THREE
AND SAY THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD FOCUS ON.
>>CAN I TAKE THAT? WHEN WE FIRST STARTED THIS IDEA
OF HIRING A CHIEF DATA OFFICER AND CREATING COMMERCE, GOING
BACK TO ROOTS, IMPLEMENTATION WAS THE ORIGINAL GOAL BUT I
THINK TO TY’S POINT ONE OF THE LESSONS I WOULD DEFER IF THEY
AGREE IS ONE OF THE LESSONS WE’VE LEARNED IS YES, YOU CAN
BUILD THE TEAM TO DO IMPLEMENTATION BUT YOU’VE GOT TO
BAKE DATA INTO THE DNA OF THE ORGANIZATION, HAVE EVERYBODY
THINK FOUNDATIONALLY ABOUT HOW TO APPLY THE DATA SO I THINK THE
ENABLES BECOMES REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU
HAVE A GREAT IMPLEMENTATION TEAM IF YOU HAVE PEOPLE
THINKING ABOUT HOW TO USE THE DATA MORE EFFECTIVELY, HOW TO
WORK DATA INTO WHAT THEY DO, YOU’RE GOING TO BE — YOU’LL
HAVE AN EASIER TIME AND NEED FEWER IMPLEMENTATION PROJECTS
AND THEN THE DEMONSTRATION I THINK ARE INTERESTING ONLY TO
THE FOLLOWING REASONS, I’VE BEEN REALLY PLEASED HOW MUCH OUR
BUREAUS HAVE EMBRACED THIS, SEEING PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, IN ONE
WAY IT WAS LIBERATING BECAUSE IT WAS LIKE, OH, THANK GOD
SOMEBODY CAME ALONG, WE HAVE VALUABLE ASSETS AND IDEAS AND
FOR SOME PEOPLE IT WAS ENLIGHTENING TO SAY, WOW, WE
HAVE THIS GREAT STUFF, LET’S GO OUT AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE
IT. PART OF GETTING THERE IS HAVING
SOME DEMONSTRATION, SO YOU CAN SEE THE POWER.
IF YOU THINK ABOUT HOW WE’RE FUNDED, FOR EXAMPLE, WE NEED TO
GO TO CAPITOL HILL TO GET MONEY.
AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE — I THINK WE HAVE TO DO AS PART
OF THIS IS SHOW THE VALUE OF OUR DATA ACTIVITIES BECAUSE I
THINK PART OF THE LONG-TERM INSTITUTIONALIZATION IS MAKING
SURE THAT CONGRESS RECOGNIZES IT’S A PRIORITY.
I ALWAYS — HAVING WORKED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR I DO THE
ANALOGY, WE MIGHT HAVE A CEO BUT CONGRESS ON SOME LEVEL IS
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, THEY APPROVE THE BUDGET, SO SHOWING
THE VALUE AND FRANKLY POTENTIAL AND OPPORTUNITY HERE IS
REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT. SO I WOULD AGREE WITH TY PUTTING
ONE AND THREE TOGETHER BECAUSE I CAN’T DO THREE WITHOUT
HAVING ONE AS PART OF IT.
>> I HAVE IDEA AFTER YESTERDAY’S DISCUSSION,ING IN
SOME WAY ANSWERING THAT CHALLENGE, RECOMMENDATION
ADVICE, WHAT YOU THINK BASED ON INFORMATION WE PROVIDED.
WITH THAT I’M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO BILL.
>>CAN I — >>YES, GO AHEAD.
IT’S RELEVANT, PLEASE GO AHEAD. WAS IN OUR NUMBER ONE ACT, ACT
OF PARTICIPANTS, JUST LIKE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO THE DATA
ACADEMY, TO LEARN, I BELIEVE CONGRESS’ LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING
ON DATA, ANALYTICS, THE IMPACT IT CAN MAKE ON RUNNING AN
EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT IS ALSO A PIECE OF WHAT WE SHOULD DO IN
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION. I’M PERSONALLY NOT SURE HOW TO
ATTACK THAT, AND WOULD LIKE YOUR INPUT ON, YOU KNOW, WHAT DO
YOU SEE — I THINK WE ARE THE ONLY DATA ADVISORY COUNCIL THE
GOVERNMENT HAS, SO HOW CAN WE EXTEND OUR IMPACT TO HELP
CONGRESS UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF DATA ANALYTICS AND RUNNING AN
EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT. >>THAT’S ACTUALLY A REALLY GOOD
QUESTION, AND ONE I WILL ADMIT NOT TO HAVING THOUGHT ABOUT
BUT I ACTUALLY THINK THIS IS SOMETHING WE REALLY SHOULD TALK
ABOUT AND HOW TO DO IT BECAUSE ON ONE HAND WE’RE PROHIBITED BY
LAW FROM LOBBYING CONGRESS OR ENCOURAGING ANYBODY BUT THERE’S
AN INCREDIBLY VALUABLE EDUCATION PROCESS HERE.
I ALSO THINK THERE ARE A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO
UNDERSTAND AND ARE INTERESTED IN INNOVATION, THEY UNDERSTAND
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS. WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT SOME FOLKS
MAYBE EITHER FOR THE NEXT MEETING OR, YOU KNOW, BETWEEN
THE MEETINGS, TO HAVE A GROUP BECAUSE I KNOW THERE’S SOME
PEOPLE IN CONGRESS WHO I THINK WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS
DISCUSSION AND I THINK YOU ALL BRING AN INCREDIBLE WEALTH OF
UNDERSTANDING, A, ABOUT HOW THIS INFORMATION IS USEFUL, WHICH
IS REALLY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE I DON’T NECESSARILY THINK THERE
IS A BROAD RECOGNITION OF HOW VALUABLE THE COMMODITY WE HAVE
OF DATA IS TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND BUSINESSES LIKE YOURS
BUT ALSO MAKING THE CASE FOR WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT.
LET US COME BACK TO YOU. THAT’S A REMARKABLY IMPORTANT
POINT I HAD NOT THOUGHT ABOUT BUT WE WOULD LOVE TO ENGAGE IN
DISCUSSION AND FIND LIKE-MINDED MEMBERS.
I CAN THINK OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD AND
ALSO THERE ARE TWO COMMITTEES, ONE IN THE HOUSE AND ONE IN THE
SENATE, THAT HAVE DIRECT OVERSIGHT ABOUT HOW THE
GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS WORK, AND TO MY KNOWLEDGE THEY HAVE
NEVER REALLY — I DON’T KNOW OF A SINGLE HEARING OR SINGLE
SUBCOMMITTEE OR SINGLE DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW DO WE BAKE
DATA IN ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SO I THINK THAT’S A
REALLY GOOD IDEA THAT WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT, HOW TO PROCEED
FORWARD WITH. >> A SMALL LEVEL, THIS TOPIC
BRIEFLY CAME UP AT THE END OF YESTERDAY.
ALTHOUGH THERE’S OTHER FOLKS WHO RAISED THEIR NAMES EARLIER,
I’M GOING TO JUMP AHEAD A LITTLE BIT AND MAYBE GO TO JACK
BECAUSE YOU WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS AT THE END OF
YESTERDAY, IT’S RELEVANT. OH, YEAH, BILL AND JERRY WERE UP
FIRST BUT BILL TOOK HIS DOWN. ALL RIGHT.
>> ONLY BECAUSE I JUMPED IN FRONT OF HIM.
>> LET’S GO ARE THE RIGHT ORDER.
BILL. >>I’M PROBABLY THE PERSON ON
THE COUNCIL WORKING MOST CLOSELY WITH NOAA.
I’M CURIOUS, YOUR THOUGHTS AS TO THE LESSONS THAT CAN BE
LEARNED FROM NOAA FOR THE REST OF COMMERCE, NUMBER ONE.
NUMBER TWO, WHAT SHOULD BE DONE DIFFERENTLY IN NOAA, WITH THEIR
DATA POLICY, DATA ACTIVITIES, AND THIRD, WHAT ARE THE
UNTAPPED OPPORTUNITIES FOR NOAA DATA?
>>OKAY. SO LET ME TAKE — I WOULD BE
INTERESTED IN YOUR TAKE ON ONE AND TWO.
ONLY BECAUSE I THINK WE’RE STILL — TO ME WE’RE IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE MOVIE, RIGHT? AND I THINK WE NEED TO DO A
REVIEW, WHAT’S BEEN SUCCESSFUL. INNOVATIVE IDEA OF APPROACHING
THESE CRADAs AND EMBRACING PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERS AND THEY
DIDN’T ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THEY WOULD FIND EITHER.
IT REALLY WAS AN EXPERIMENT WHICH I GIVE THEM A GREAT DEAL
OF CREDIT FOR, BEING SO BOLD AND SAYING WE’RE GOING TO GO OUT
AND DO THIS, WE DON’T KNOW HOW IT WORKS BUT WE’RE GOING TO
LEARN FROM OUR SUCCESSES AND FAILURES IN THE PROCESS.
THAT WOULD BE INTERESTING AND WE COULD DO THE HERE OR OFFLINE,
HEARING MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK, BECAUSE I THINK THEN
TAKING THAT AND WE NEED TO DO A DEEP DIVE AT NOAA TO REALLY
LOOK AT IT, BUT WHAT I WOULD SAY IS, YOU KNOW, THE NOAA DATA
IS JUST THIS TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE WE’VE MADE
SO LITTLE AS AN OVERALL PERCENTAGE AVAILABLE PUBLICLY,
AND YOU JUST LOOK AT THE MASSIVE ECONOMIC VALUE THAT’S
BEEN CREATED OFF IT. I DO THINK LOOKING AT THE REST
OF THIS DATA HOW CAN WE MAKE THAT MORE ACCESSIBLE BUT ALSO
WHAT’S THE NEW ECONOMIC VALUE THAT CAN BE CREATED OFF IT, IS A
GREAT OPPORTUNITY. NOAA IS THE NUMBER ONE, YOU
KNOW, EXAMPLE WE USE, ONLY BECAUSE SUCH A SMALL PERSONAL OF
THEIR DATA IS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.
THAT’S SOMETHING WE’RE OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO CHANGE.
>> JOY? >>SURE, JUST TOUCHING BACK ON
DATA ACADEMY, SO WE LAUNCHED OUR IN 2014, AND WE’VE THE SAME
SCALING PROBLEMS. JUST A COUPLE STRATEGIES THAT
WE’RE SEEING THAT MIGHT BE USEFUL, WE’RE DEPLOYING A TRAIN
THE TRAINERS MODEL WHERE WE’RE ACTUALLY — WE NOW I THINK HAVE
OUR THIRD DEPARTMENT THAT’S TAKING OUR DATA ACADEMY
MATERIALS AND REPLICATING THEM SO WE GIVE THEM PRIORITY SPOTS
IN OUR CLASSES SO THEY CAN TRAIN THE TRAINERS.
ALSO WE TEND TO GET MORE LINE STOPS, SO WHAT WE’RE TAKING IS
EXISTING LEADERSHIP AND SUPERVISOR TRAININGS AND
DEVELOPING DATA MODULES FOR THAT CLASS OF FOLKS.
AND MY EXPERIENCE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MOST PEOPLE
PROBABLY HAVE TO DO SUPERVISOR TRAININGS AND THAT SORT OF
THING SO BAKING DATA MODULES INTO THE EXISTING STRUCTURE.
THE THIRD IS A STOP THE BLEEDING APPROACH, DEVELOPING A
CURRICULUM FOR JOB SERIES AND AS PART OF THE ONBOARDING PROCESS
IN YEAR ONE YOU HAVE TO TAKE XYZ SO WE CAN CREATE THIS BASE
LAYER OF DATA LITERACY ACROSS CERTAIN JOB CLASSES, SO THOSE
ARE THREE STRATEGIES WE’RE PURSUING IN TERMS OF SCALING.
A NOTE OF CAUTION WE FOUND PEOPLE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN
ONLINE CLASSES, THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN VIDEOS.
THEY DON’T WANT IT. LIKE WE’VE TRIED TO DIVERT
PEOPLE AND WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DIVERT THEM. TRAINING.
IT MIGHT BE DIFFERENT FOR YOU ALL BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT WE
FOUND. >>ONE IN A HUNDRED TAKES THE
ONLINE COURSE WE OFFERED. >> WHEN YOU’RE INTRODUCING A
BRAND NEW CONCEPT OR A BRAND NEW SKILL, LIKE WE ARE HERE, HANDS
ON IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY. TALKING ABOUT INCREMENTAL CHANGE
TO SOMETHING THEY ALREADY KNOW ONLINE WORKS EXTREMELY WELL
BECAUSE THEY ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THE MATERIAL AND TRYING TO
ADVANCE THEIR SKILLS. SO THAT WOULD BE WHERE I WOULD
DRAW. >>OR HIGHLY ENGAGED.
>>OR THEY ARE HIGHLY ENGAGED. >>LIKE CORSAIR OR SOMETHING
LIKE THAT, THOSE ARE PEOPLE UNDERTAKING PERSONAL ENRICHMENT
AND ARE VERY MOTIVATED. >>YOU SEE A 10% COMPLETION
RATE. >>WE’RE THINKING ABOUT DOING
THAT TO LEVERAGE THINGS, CREATING LEARNING COHORTS WHERE
WE ESSENTIALLY DO A WEEKLY OFFICE HOURS AS A GROUP YOU’RE
TAKING THE CLASS. WE HAVEN’T PILOTED BUT WE’RE
GOING TO SEE IF GROUP COHORTS MIGHT HELP COMPLETION RATES.
ESPECIALLY FOR MORE ADVANCED SKILLS.
>>RIGHT. VERY HELPFUL, VERY MUCH
APPRECIATE EXPERIENCE AND INSIGHTS.
WE GAVE A BRIEF DEMO WITH THE DATA ACADEMY TO SECRETARY
PRITZKER. SHE SAID I WANT TO TAKE THE DATA
SCIENCE FOR MANAGERS COURSE, ON TUESDAY SHE’S GOING THROUGH
HER FIRST EVER HOUR OF CODE, VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT AS WELL.
>> WHAT LANGUAGE? >>A SPECIAL — I WANT TO SAY —
IT IS PYTHON BUT IT’S A BOUTIQUE RELEVANT TO COMMERCE
TO DATA PYTHON COURSE, WE CAN SEE REALTIME ACTIVITY, YOU’LL SEE THE VIDEO LATER.
IT’S ALL OPEN. THERE’S A LOT OF FOLKS ON THAT
ONE. JACK IS NEXT.
NO? HEATHER?
>>TO REVISIT LEGISLATURES AND CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST, PIQUING
THEIR CURIOSITY, WE TALKED YESTERDAY ABOUT LEGISLATION
THAT’S JUST BEEN INTRODUCED, BIPARTISAN AND
BICAMERAL CODIFYING 1313 MAKING GOVERNMENT PRODUCED DATA OPEN
AND MACHINE READABLE, SO THAT IS IN THE WORKS AND DAN KNOWS
PROBABLY MORE ABOUT IT THAN I DO AS HAS BEEN HELPING LEAD THE
CHARGE TO PROMOTE IT. I THINK THAT’S GREAT BECAUSE
IT’S KIND OF APPROACHING GETTING CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST IN
TERMS OF AUTHORIZING MECHANISM, BUT I WAS INTERESTED WHEN YOU
WERE TALKING ABOUT HAVING A BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN CONGRESS
IN TERMS OF APPROPRIATIONS, ONE OF THE STRATEGIES WE’VE USED
TO ENGAGE CONGRESS APPROPRIATIONS
LEVEL IS MAKING THEM AWARE OF PROBLEM OR OPPORTUNITY, AND
WITH THE DATA SERVICE YOU HAVE THIS PHENOMENAL OPPORTUNITY TO
LEVERAGE ACROSS DATASETS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
EVEN IF THEY DON’T GO AS FAR AS INSERTING LANGUAGE INTO THE
TEXT OF LEGISLATION, REPORT LANGUAGE THAT SAYS CONGRESS IS
AWARE THAT THERE’S THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE RETURN
ON U.S. INVESTMENTS X,Y ANDZ. ONE WAY TO GET THEIR ATTENTION
IS TO HAVE ONE OF THE ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS HOLDING A
BRIEFING, TARGETING FOLKS, BRINGING MEMBERS OF CDAC FROM
THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR TO THE BRIEFING WILL ALMOST GUARANTEE
YOU ATTENDANCE. >>I THINK THAT’S A REALLY
INTERESTING IDEA. ANOTHER ONE, THIS IS THINKING
OUT LOUD SO I WILL PREFACE WITH IT IT MAY BE A TERRIBLE IDEA
YOU CAN SHOOT DOWN, SOME OF THE OTHER ADVISORY COMMITTEES WE DO
THEY WILL EITHER MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PRESIDENT
OR IN THIS CASE SECRETARY OR ALSO TO CONGRESS, SO ONE
QUESTION IS ARE THERE THINGS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND AS THINGS THAT
CONGRESS SHOULD LOOK AT. I LIKE THE BRIEFING IDEA.
JUST LOOKING AT THE GROUPS REPRESENTED AROUND THIS TABLE,
CONGRESS TAKES THIS GROUP SERIOUSLY RECOGNIZING THIS IS AN
INCREDIBLE CROSS SECTION OF THE ECONOMY THAT’S REMARKABLY
IMPORTANT TO PERSON INNOVATION. JACK NOW?
>>JACK. TWICE, ADMINISTRATION.
>> VERY BRAVE. >> WHEN I WAS A STUDENT AT
HARVARD, THIS WAS 50 YEARS AGO, I TYPED OUT OUT OF THESE
PUBLICATIONS, 1960 CENSUS, KEY PUNCH CARDS AND COMPUTER MAPS,
THAT WAS STATE OF THE ART AT THIS TIME. ABLE, CREATED A LABORATORY,
THINK ABOUT INSTITUTIONALIZING CONVERSATION THIS LABORATORY HE
CREATED INITIALLY A LAB CALLED THE CENSUS USE STUDY AND LATER
IT BECAME THE DUAL LAB, DATA ACCESS AND USE LABORATORY.
AND THIS WAS FROM ABOUT 67 TO ABOUT MID-’70s.
AT THAT TIME THE NOTION OF A TAPE OF DATA OF CENSUS DATA CAME
OUT, AND THAT WAS ROUGH. THE FIRST TIME THE CENSUS
DISSEMINATED DATA AROUND PAPER PUBLICATION AND ALSO THE DIME
FILE, A PREDECESSOR TO THE TIGER FILE, TO THE STREET FILE,
STRUGGLING TO GET OUT, VERY INACCURATE, VERY DIFFICULT.
WHAT VINCE ENABLED IS HE SET UP THIS LABORATORY, THE FIRST LAB,
THE CENSUS USE STUDY, THAT BUILT A RELATIONSHIP WITH NEW
HAVEN AND A COUPLE OTHER SMALL COMMUNITIES AND ALSO HARVARD TO
EXPERIMENT WITH THIS NOTION OF PROTOTYPING COMPUTER MAPPING
THE COMPUTER ANALYTICS INSIDE A CITY.
THEY PUBLISHED THE HELL OUT OF THIS AND EVERY OTHER CITY DEARLY
WANTED TO GET CENSUS DATA INTEGRATED INTO THEIR CITY
PLANNING DEPARTMENT, CITY SOCIAL PROGRAMS, ET CETERA, A HUGE
SUCCESSMENT . SMALL, TEN OR TWELVE PEOPLE AT
THE BUREAU, IN THE SENSE THEY WERE EXPERIMENTAL, HAD NO
SPECIFIC MISSION, PROTOTYPE DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS, WORKING
WITH CITIES, AND THE PREDECESSOR FOR THE DUAL LABS
BECAME MORE INSTITUTIONALIZED FOR DISSEMINATION OF ACTUAL
DATA, API, MAKING AVAILABLE TODAY ON THE WEB THE DATA, BOTH
OF THESE EFFORTS THAT YOU MIGHT THINK OF AS A CONTINUUM
THEY WERE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR THE CONTINUUM, EVEN GOING ON
TODAY, WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL
INSTITUTIONALIZED PROTOTYPED ACTIVITY.
THE HISTORY OF THESE THINGS HAS NOT BEEN DOCUMENTED BUT THEY
WERE SUCCESSFUL. THEY CHANGED THE WORLD WITH
RESPECT TO THE USE OF CENSUS DATA, STATE AND LOCAL AND OTHER
NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, AND I SIMPLY SAY INSTEAD OF FOCUSING
ON YOU CALLED THEM YESTERDAY PROJECTS, I THINK THE PROJECTS
SHOULD BE UMBRELLAED INTO SOMETHING CALLED A PROTOTYPE LAB
WHERE YOU GO DEEP WITH A FEW INSTITUTIONS, WHETHER IT BE
OTHER DEPARTMENTS OR OTHER BUREAUS WITHIN COMMERCE
THEMSELVES, AND BUILD REAL PROTOTYPE APPLICATIONS AT THE
SAME TIME FIGURING OUT HOW TO DO THE DISSEMINATION.
THE HISTORY IS WORTH REPLICATING BECAUSE IT WORKED, ACTUALLY.
AND ITS FOOTPRINT WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY FRANKLY IN
DIGITAL DISSEMINATION AND COMPUTER SPATIAL ANALYTICS HAD
NOT THE CENSUS BUREAU DONE THAT COURAGEOUS EFFORT AT THAT TIME. SO, YEAH. >>VERY INTERESTING SUGGESTION. >>LAB IS THE IDEA.
I HAVE A PROTOTYPE LAB THAT WE US A FOR BUILDING RAPID
PROTOTYPES BASED ON COST PLATFORM.
USGS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE. PECK A PROTOTYPE LAB THAT LAST
THE FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, IT DID NOT DO MISSION WORK, IT HAD A
DOZEN PEOPLE LIKE THE DUAL LAB, WHICH PEOPLE WOULD COME IN FROM
THE DIFFERENT BUREAUS WITHIN THE INTERIOR WITH A PROJECT,
THE RAPID PROTOTYPING TEAM WOULD COME UP WITH A PARTIAL
SOLUTION, DEMONSTRATING THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE DATA COMING
TOGETHER AND THEN THE PEOPLE WOULD TAKE IT BACK TO THEIR
BUREAUS AND BUILD THE SYSTEMS FOR REAL.
SO IT BECAME THE TRANSFORMATION MECHANISM WITHIN THE AGENCY AND
WASN’T — IT WASN’T TRYING TO BE INTERESTING.
IT WAS TRYING TO BE INTERESTED. EACH OF THE DIFFERENT BUREAU
CUSTOMERS. SO THIS TAKES A LITTLE BIT
DIFFERENT PROFILE THAN WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO, SORT OF
GOES A LITTLE BIT MORE INWARD, A LITTLE BIT LOWER KEY, SO IT
ISN’T SO SUSCEPTIBLE TO POLITICAL CHANGE, BUT ITS
PURPOSE WAS INTERNALLY DISSEMINATING THIS KNOWLEDGE, TO
SOME EXTEND THE DATA ACADEMY DOES THAT.
IT’S NOT THAT I HAVE A LOWER KEY, MIGHT GIVE YOU A HIGHER
PROBABILITY OF SURVIVABILITY, WITH RESPECT TO GETTING MISSION
SUPPORT WITHIN THE DIFFERENT BUREAUS AND ACROSS THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT BY HELPING THEM, IN OTHER WORDS DON’T BE SO
INTERESTING, BE MORE INTERESTING. YOU GET MY —
>>UH-HUH, YEAH. QUESTION.
WE’RE TAKING NOTES. IT’S BEING INTERNALIZED.
>> A FEW YEARS AGO I WAS CO-CHAIR OF A SENIOR STEERING
GROUP CHARGED BY OSTP TO LAUNCH THE BIG DATA INITIATIVE,
FOCUSED ON PROVIDING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE RESEARCH
COMMUNITY, TO HELP JUMP START THE WHOLE NATION’S EFFORTS IN
BIG DATA. I UNDERSTAND OSTP HAS MOVED TO
FORM A SIMILAR STEERING GROUP ACROSS AGENCIES, AND I DON’T —
YOU GUYS ARE ACTING LIKE SUCH A GREAT MODEL FOR OTHER AGENCIES
THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM THE ENTHUSIASM AND IDEAS THAT YOU
HAVE, THAT YOU’VE PURSUED TO MAKE THIS SUCH A VIBRANT SORT OF
GROUP, AND I’M WONDERING ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU ARE AWARE OF THAT
OSPT EFFORT AND ARE PARTICIPATING BECAUSE THERE’S A
LOT OF PEOPLE FROM OTHER AGENCIES WHO COULD REALLY
BENEFIT FROM THE EXPERIENCES THAT YOU HAVE.
>>THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES.
ON MANY LEVELS. THE WAY WE BUILT THE DATA TEAM
IN DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, WE JOKE WE RELY ON THE REBEL
ALLIANCE. IF YOU LOOK AT THE LAB, THE PATH
THEY ARE GOING, WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER, WE’VE BEEN WORKING
TOGETHER BECAUSE WE SHARE A LOT EVEN BEYOND OPEN SOURCE SITE. THERE’S DEFINITELY A STRONG
PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THOSE FOLKS, IN SOME WAYS MORE
POWERFUL THAN GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE OR WORKING GROUP.
THERE’S A NEW DATA CABINET DOING THAT AND
ALSO INSTITUTIONALIZING THEMSELVES, A LOT OF INITIATIVES
ACROSS THE FEDERAL AGENCIES. ON SOME LEVEL THE STRATEGIC
CHALLENGE I FEEL IS THAT MANY LEVELS I FEEL LIKE MY
RESPONSIBILITY IS TO PROTECT MY TEAM FROM GETTING DISTRACTED.
THEY FEEL LIKE WOW, THIS IS GREAT, SOMEONE SHOULD BENEFIT
FROM HEARING ABOUT THIS, ESPECIALLY TALKING ABOUT SELLING
AND INSTITUTIONALIZING. I STRUGGLE WITH THAT.
TY DEALS WITH THAT. EVERY E-MAIL IS A DISTRACTION
FROM THINGS HE’S TRYING TO BUILD WITH THE TEAM.
SO WE’RE BEING SELECTIVE ABOUT HOW MUCH WE WANT TO LET OUR OWN
EXPERIMENTS GO TOO FAR OUT TOO QUICKLY, DIFFERENT THAN HOW
WE’RE TRYING TO SHARE SUCCESS IN THE DEPARTMENT.
THAT SAID, WE LOVE OSTP’S HELP. THEY HAVE THAT CONVENING
PLATFORM SECOND TO NONE. WE RECOGNIZE WE CAN’T IGNORE
THAT OPPORTUNITY, IT’S FANTASTIC.
ONE PRACTICAL EXAMPLE, ONE OF THE THINGS OSTP WAS KEEN UPON,
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT RECRUITING TECHNICAL TALENT.
TWO SESSIONS AGO WE THE CREWING TECHNICAL TALENT AND RETAINING
TOP TALENT, THE LIFE CYCLE, IT’S SO HARD IN ANY GOVERNMENT
ANYWHERE. AND SOMEHOW A LOT OF WHAT WE’RE
EXPERIMENTED IS DEMONSTRATING SUCCESS IN THAT SO BURTON
LITERALLY WENT TO THE CABINET AND TRAINED OTHER PEOPLE, OTHER
AGENCIES AND HOW WE WERE ABLE USE EXISTING AUTHORITY SIMILAR
TO YESTERDAY’S DISCUSSION ABOUT PROCUREMENT, USING EXISTING
HIRING AND TRAINING AUTHORITIES AND BUDGET
TOO TO BUILD OUR TEAM AS QUICKLY AS WE DID, DETAILS, OUR
START-UP WHEN FROM ONE PERSON TO ROUGHLY 30 PEOPLE IN A FEW
MONTHS, ON THE SCALE OF ANY GOVERNMENT THAT’S RIDICULOUS,
HARD TO EVER ACCOMPLISH THAT, TO BUILD A TEAM THAT QUICKLY.
>> IT’S RIDICULOUSLY COOL. >>IT’S FANTASTIC, IT’S FUN.
IT’S ALSO SOME FOLKS WHO SAID IS IT REPEATABLE?
MOST FOLKS WOULD SAY NO. BURTON IS GIVING TRAINING.
, TRAIN THE TRAINER, LIKE JOY SAID.
CAN YOU DO IT TOO, HERE IS HOW WE DID IT.
>>WE HAVE A WORKING GROUP WITHIN THE DATA CABINET THAT
FOCUSES EXPLICITLY A BUILDING DATA STAFF, BUILDING DATA
LITERACY A CAPACITY WIN OTHER DEPARTMENTS.
>>THAT’S TERRIFIC. >>THERE ARE A LOT OF
OPPORTUNITIES TO BRING STUFF ON. AUTHORITIES THIS ADMINISTRATION
PUT IN PLACE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO REACH PEOPLE WITH HIGHLY
DEVELOPED DATA TALENT, TECHNICAL TALENT, TO BRING THEM ON IN
TEMPORARY APPOINTMENTS, TO GET STARTED.
THAT’S ONE OF THE WAYS WE WERE ABLE TO GET THIS UP SO QUICKLY
AND NOW OTHER AGENCIES ARE LOOKING AT THIS SAYING, WOW, WE
DIDN’T KNOW THAT WAS THERE. >>YEAH, I WAS GOING TO RESPOND
QUICKLY BECAUSE I MEAN I THINK THAT’S TERRIFIC THAT WILL
YOU’RE PARTICIPATING IN THAT. I’M REALLY GLAD TO HEAR IT.
THE REASON I WAS BRINGING UP OSTP IS KIND OF IN RESPONSE TO
KIM’S QUESTION ABOUT LIKE HOW CAN WE AMPLIFY THE VOICE AND I
THINK THAT YOU’VE GOT GREAT CHAMPIONS WITHIN OSTP WHO CAN
HELP AND BY BUILDING NOT JUST COMMERCE’S EXPERIENCE BUT THE
ON OTHER AGENCIES, EVERYBODY TALKING THE SAME TALK WOULD BE
HEARD BY CONGRESS. >>ONE THING I WOULD ASK FOR
HELP FOR ALL OF YOU, WHICH IS TALENTED IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST
CHALLENGES, WHETHER IT’S IN DATA, IN CYBER– THE TECHNOLOGY
FIELD IS ACROSS THE REALLY TECH AREAS, IT’S VERY CHALLENGING
FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE DON’T PAY AS WELL.
WE DON’T HAVE NEARLY AS BEAUTIFUL OFFICES.
I WALKED AROUND GOOGLE THINKING BOY, THIS IS NICE.
MUCH BETTER THAN OUR 1921 BUILDING.
BUT THE TOOLS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ARE NOT AS
ROBUST, WE DON’T HAVE STOCK OPTIONS, FLEXIBILITY, A VARIETY
OF THINGS. BUT WHAT WE DO HAVE IS THE
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN A SENSE OF MISSION.
ONE THING I WOULD ASK ALL OF YOU, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I
ACTUALLY THINK THIS ADMINISTRATION, WE’VE BEEN LUCKY
THERE ARE AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF TALENTED BOTH YOUNG AND
ACTUALLY NOT SO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE WANTED TO COME SERVE AND
I GIVE TODD PARK AND MEGAN SMITH AND I THINK D.J. PATEL IS
ONE OF THE FRUITS OF THIS, TRYING TO CREATE A CULTURE IN
THE TECH WORLD AND THE DATA WORLD THAT COMING TO DO A TOUR
OF DUTY IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, EVEN IF IT’S JUST
TWO YEARS, SO WE SEE IT IN THE PIT PROGRAM, AT AT AND F, WHAT IAN AND TY BUILT HERE,
YOUR HELP IN PROSELYTIZING, YOU HAVE SMART TALENTED PEOPLE
WORKING THROUGH THEIR CAREER AND I WOULD ASK THAT YOU ENCOURAGE
THEM, SAY GO WORK IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR TWO
YEARS, IT’S PART OF YOUR JOURNEY IN DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR
CAREER, AND IF YOU WANT TO BE INCREDIBLY — IN THE PRIVATE
SECTOR, GOING TO A START-UP MAKING A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY
AND GETTING STRAIGHT OPTIONS AND BUILDING THE NEXT COMPANY,
IT’S GO DEVOTE SOME TIME TO YOUR COUNTRY AND TAKE TIME,
BECAUSE THE QUALITY OF THE TALENT WE HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH
TO, YOU KNOW, RECRUIT HAS GONE UP SIGNIFICANTLY, BUT WE HAVE
MASSIVE UNFILLED GAPS WE NEED. AGENCIES, JUST THE DATA SETS AND OTHER
STUFF BUT WE NEED THE SMART TALENTED PEOPLE TO DO IT.
YOUR HELP IN PROSELYTIZING THAT AS WELL ABOUT THE VALUE OF
GOVERNMENT SERVICE WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED.
>>CAN I RESPOND? >>ABSOLUTELY.
>>EVERY SECTOR IS COMPLAINING ABOUT LACK OF TALENT, EVERY
BUSINESS IS COMPLAINING ABOUT LACK OF TALENT.
EVEN NON-PROFITS, GOVERNMENT. MY POINT IS I THINK THERE’S THIS
DANGER, OH, WELL, WE’RE NOT GETTING IT BECAUSE THEY’VE GOT
IT. THAT’S NOT HOW IT’S SEEN IN ANY
ENVIRONMENT. I POINT THIS OUT BECAUSE I THINK
WE ALL NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT HOW WE RETHINK OUR
APPROACH TO COMMERCE AS ONE OF INVESTING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF
TALENT RATHER THAN IMAGINING IT HAPPENING IN SCHOOLING.
IT USED TO BE IN OUR BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT THAT WE WOULD
ACTUALLY PURPOSELY BUILD TALENT. ANYMORE.
I THINK THE TECH SECTOR IS THE WORST AT DOING IT.
THERE ARE A HANDFUL OF COMPANIES WHO WILL TRAIN PEOPLE WHEN
THEY COME IN BUT VERY FEW DO. THERE’S A BROADER CONVERSATION
THAT NEEDS TO BE HAD, WITHIN GOVERNMENT AND WITHIN, YOU KNOW,
COMMERCE AT LARGE, NOT JUST COMMERCE DEPARTMENT BUT BUSINESS
SECTOR, WHAT IT NEEDS TO INVEST IN TALENT AS ONGOING
PRIORITY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR SYSTEMS AS OPPOSED TO
IMAGINING WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN STEAL FROM OTHER PEOPLE
>>I DON’T DISAGREE IN THE LEAST.
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PENNY HAS LED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT
WORKING WITH OTHERS, RECOGNIZING THE SKILLS GAP IS MASSIVE
ACROSS INDUSTRIES. LOOK, EVERYWHERE I TRAVEL YOU
NAME IT, ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY I SIT DOWN WITH CEOs AND
BUSINESS LEADERS, WE HEAR WE DON’T HAVE THE TALENT WE NEED
BUT I DO THINK IT IS PARTICULARLY ACUTE IN THIS
SPACE. THERE ARE OWES OTHER SPACES
WHERE IT’S CRITICALLY ACUTE BUT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BECAUSE WE
HAVE SO MANY FEWER TOOLS, OUR TRAINING DOLLARS HAVE GOTTEN CUT
BACK, OUR ABILITY TO ATTRACT TOP TALENT CAN BE AN ISSUE BUT
I DON’T DISAGREE AT ALL THAT THERE IS A GAP BUT PARTICULARLY
ACUTE FOR US BECAUSE WE HAVE NONE OF THE OTHER TOOLS TO
ATTRACT TALENT. >>GIVEN YOUR POSITION, I WOULD
ALSO BE THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PUT PRESSURE ON COMPANIES
TO INVEST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF TALENT, NOT JUST STEALING EACH
OTHER’S TALENT, I THINK THE PROBLEM IS COMMERCE AT LARGE,
NOT JUST GOVERNMENT, YOU HAVE A WHOLE TO PLAY AS COMMERCE
DEPARTMENT TO PUT A FORM OF PRESSURE ON A LOT OF COMPANIES.
>>(INAUDIBLE). >>RIGHT NOW THE EDUCATIONAL
INSTITUTIONS ARE PRETTY MISSING FOR A LOT OF THESE TALENT SETS
BECAUSE COMPANIES HAVE STOLEN ALL OF THAT TALENT SO YOU HAVE
AN EDUCATION GAP AS WELL. WHAT IT MEANS, HOW DO WE START
MAKING — SO BECAUSE OF HOW IT WORKS, WE MOVE PEOPLE TWO TO
THREE YEARS ON AVERAGE, WE END UP WITH THE IDEA WE HAVE TO
STILL ALREADY BIG TALENT RATHER THAN INVESTING IN DEVELOPMENT
OF TALENT THAT MAY HAVE POTENTIAL.
WE DON’T PUT PEOPLE THROUGH SIX, 12-MONTH TRAINING COURSES
WHICH USED TO EXIST IN OTHER INDUSTRIES BECAUSE YOU ASSUME A
LONGER LEVEL OF COMMITMENT. A LOT COMES FROM THE FACT WE’RE
TALKING ABOUT CALIFORNIA, AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW,
WAYS WHICH HIRING AND, YOU KNOW, COMPETITION LAWS PLAYED OUT.
THE RESULT IS THAT WE’VE SEEN RATCHETING UP OF ECONOMICS OF
HIRING PEOPLE, IT’S ALL ABOUT STEALING IN KNOWN POOLS RATHER
THAN SAYING HERE ARE PEOPLE RIGHT NOW WORKING IN ANY
RANDOM THING, THEY ARE REALLY SMART IF WE WOULD INVEST THEY
HAVE OPPORTUNITY. WE DON’T DO THAT IN THE TECH
SECTOR, THERE’S A HISTORY IN OTHER SECTORS, IT’S CORE TO
DIVERSITY, CORE TO RATCHETING UP, CORE TO
SEEING GOVERNMENT ACCESS TALENT.
DETROIT, ONE OF THE FASCINATING THINGS GO THROUGH THE HISTORY
OF DETROIT, THEY HAD TO KEEP THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
ECONOMICALLY VIABLE OR IT WOULD BE DANGEROUS.
SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT ENDED UP HAPPENING IS THAT, YOU KNOW,
THE RACE POLITICS IN DETROIT, WHAT HAPPENED IS THE MANAGEMENT
WOULD START TO IDENTIFY MINORITIES WHO HAD A LOT OF
POTENTIAL AND TRAIN THEM WITHIN THE COMPANY.
GIVE ME ONE, YOU KNOW, GIVE ME ONE OF OUR COMPANIES THAT
IDENTIFY OF — IDENTIFIES OUR JANITORIAL TALENT AND TRAINS
THEM. I DON’T SEE THAT HAPPENS, AND
THAT WAS CORE TO TRADITIONAL BUSINESSES.
>>I AGREE IF YOUR POINT IS RETRAINING FROM OTHER VOCATIONS
INTO OURS, THAT’S TRUE. I WAS THINKING YOUR POINT WAS FOCUSED ON —
WHETHER IT WAS TRAINING CURRENT WORK FORCE BETTER OR HIRING,
ALL TECH COMPANIES TRADE TALENT, BUT AS WELL AS ALL TECH
COMPANIES ARE HIRING EVERY SINGLE QUALIFIED PERSON OUT OF
AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, YOUR POINT IS THERE ARE A BUNCH
OF PEOPLE WHO MAY BE QUALIFIED TO DO THAT, THEY HAVEN’T BEEN
TRAINED IN SAY DATA SCIENCE AND WE COULD INVEST IN CONTINUING
ED, COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO TRAIN THEM, THAT’S FAIR.
>>I CAN NAME 12 SCHOOLS EVERYBODY FIELDS FROM BUT THE
THING IS — >>YOU MEAN HIRES.
>>MEANLY GRABS. >>NOT TWELVE, I’D SAY PROBABLY
A HUNDRED. >>IT’S SURPRISINGLY LOW.
EVEN IF WE LOOK AT DATA SCIENCE, ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS I
SEE IN THE EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT IS ANY OF YOUR
SECOND OR THIRD TIER INSTITUTIONS CAN’T EVEN GET
PROFESSORS TO TEACH IN THESE TOPICS.
BUT LOOK AT THE COMPUTER SCIENCE HIRING PROCESS WITHIN
UNIVERSITIES. >>YEAH, WHAT HAPPENS, YOU’RE
RIGHT, AS SOON AS PROFESSOR RAISES THEIR HAND AND SAYS I’M
GOING TO TEACH DATA SCIENCE, GETS HIRED AWAY, WE HIRE
PHYSICISTS, MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, ANYONE WHO HAS A
REMOTE SKILL SET WHERE THEY CAN USE NUMBERS AND MODELS AND HIRE
THEM INSTEAD. THAT’S AS MUCH CROSS-TRAINING AS
WE GO ON. WE’RE NOT VERY GOOD AT HIRING
PEOPLE WHO WERE TRAINED TO BE, YOU KNOW, PROGRAMMERS ON
COMPUTER-AIDED LIGHTING COMMITMENT AND SAY, HEY, YOU
MIGHT HAVE A SKILL SET WHERE YOU CAN DO DATA SCIENCE.
>>I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY THIS GOES TO A NUMBER, WHETHER
IT’S JOB TRAINING, WHETHER IT’S S.T.E.M. EDUCATION, YOU
KNOW, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE PIPELINE MORE BROADLY AND I
THINK THAT’S SOMETHING THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TRIED TO DO. I THINK THERE’S A LOT MORE WORK
TO BE DONE AND HOPEFULLY THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION WILL MAKE
THIS A REAL PRIORITY BECAUSE WE HAVE NO CHOICE.
>> I HAVE THREE RECOMMENDATIONS.
ONE IS IN THE SCIENCE INNOVATION POLICY AREA THEY HAVE A GAP
BETWEEN THOSE THAT NEED THESE MODELS AND APPROACHES AND THOSE
THAT TEACH IN THAT AREA AND THEN ALSO COMPANIES IN THAT
AREA. WHAT WAS EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE IN
CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN THOSE THREE IS A SIMPLE LISTSERV, PUT
FOR INSTANCE ACADEMIC AND OTHER PEOPLERY ARE IN THE BIG DATA
SCIENCE INITIATIVE WITH YOU KAREN JUST MENTIONED, TAKE
PEOPLE FROM INDUSTRY WHICH ARE HERE ON THIS TABLE AND ALSO
THOSE WHO DIDN’T SIT ON THE TABLE, MANY THAT WILL PROVIDED
GREAT INPUT HERE AND START WITH THOSE THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY
IDENTIFIED IN GOVERNMENT WHICH ARE INTERESTED IN THESE TOPICS. SO IF YOU GET SOME LIST, THEY
CAN ASK EACH OTHER QUESTIONS OR ADVERTISE OPEN POSITIONS OR
ADVERTISE OPEN ONLINE COURSES OR PHYSICAL COURSES, MAYBE YOU
WANT TO HIRE THEM TO TEACH FOR YOU, THAT WOULD MAKE A HUGE
DIFFERENCE. NUMBER TWO, IN ADDITION TO
HAVING NEW PROTOTYPE, I THINK IT WOULD BE POTENTIALLY REALLY
USEFUL TO ADVERTISE THE TOP TEN DATASETS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF
COMMERCE HAS IN A WAY THAT I CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE
ALL ABOUT AND HOW ABLE THESE APIs ARE AND (INAUDIBLE)
AFTER YOU CAN GUARANTEE THESE APIs ARE STABLE THEN YOU MIGHT
LIKE TO INVITE COMPANIES, ALSO ACADEMIC RESEARCHERS LIKE
MYSELF, TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS ON HOW TO USE THESE DATASETS, AND IF
YOU WANT TO USE US OR ANOTHER BOARD TO EVALUATE THESE
PROPOSALS YOU WOULD GET SOME SUCCESS STORIES.
THERE’S A MAJOR BUY-IN FROM PROPOSALS ALMOST FOR FREE.
MAYBE YOU HAVE TO PUT IN A FEW HOURS OF WORK TO MAKE THE API
DELIVER ALL THE FIELDS YOU NEED, BUT I THINK THIS WOULD HAVE
YOU FOCUS ON GETTING DATA RIGHT AND YOU WOULD HAVE THAT MATCH
MAKING PROCESS, THE TOP TEN DATASETS AND HAVE PEOPLE SUBMIT
PROPOSALS. AND THEN THE LAST ONE, SORRY.
THE LAST ONE IS I BELIEVE YOU HAVE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY, FOR
INSTANCE CREATING A DATA MARKETPLACE AND THEN WHAT DOES
THIS DATA MARKETPLACE ACCEPT, WHAT KIND OF META FIELDS PEOPLE
HAVE TO PROVIDE, THE DATA COULD COME OUT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
COMMERCE OR COULD COME FROM OTHER AREAS OR ADD YOUR DATA TO
DATA MARKETPLACE THAT ALREADY EXISTS
SURROUNDING, BUT THERE ARE OTHER DATA MARKETS OUT THERE TO
ADD YOUR DATA THAT’S THERE AND HELP THAT’S USEFUL FOR MANY WHO ARE USING DATA.
>> THANK YOU. THE LAST THREE COMMENTS, D.C. IS
WAITING ON BRUCE TO RETURN. JOY AGAIN PLEASE.
>> YEAH, JUST THE POLICY POINT, I’VE BEEN LIGHTLY TRACKING,
CONGRESS.GOV TELLS ME IT PASSED, EVIDENCE POLICY MAKING
COMMISSION ACT OF 2016 CALLING FOR 15-MEMBER COMMISSION TO COME
UP WITH A REPORT TO RECOMMEND HOW THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BETTER
LEVERAGE DATA AND EVIDENCE AND POLICY MAKING AND CONTINUOUS
IMPROVEMENT IN OPERATION, SO THAT FEELS LIKE AN OBVIOUS PLACE
TO PARTICIPATE. >>AND CENSUS IS HOSTING THE — >>YEAH, THE $3 MILLION IS GOING
TO CENSUS TO IMPLEMENT IT. >> SORRY ABOUT THAT.
>> THANK YOU. JACK.
>> YEAH, YOU DO HAVE AN ADVANTAGE ATTRACTING YOUNG TECH
PEOPLE WITH PUBLIC SERVICE, AND I THINK THAT’S THE WAY YOU
SHOULD LOOK AT IT RATHER THAN HELP US GET PEOPLE IN THERE.
SECOND COMMENT, PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IS HOW I LEARN ALMOST
EVERYTHING. AND YOU’RE DOING THESE PROJECTS,
SO YOU’RE — CON CON — CONSTITUENTS, IT’S A
LAB WITH PARTNERSHIPS LOOSELY — I MEAN THERE WAS ALL KINDS
OF ACCUSATIONS LOOKING BACK AT THAT PERIOD, WHAT IS CENSUS
TRYING TO DO WITH THE GOVERNMENT GETTING INVOLVED IN
THIS AND THAT, ALL THE SAME CONTROVERSY THAT WE FACE AND
CERTAINLY WILL FACE IN THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION AS IT GOES ON,
OPEN DATA, IT WAS REALLY THE FIRST OPEN DATA BY THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE TO TRY TO GET PEOPLE TO USE IT.
I’LL RETURN TO THIS PROJECT-BASED LEARNING AS A WAY
TO ATTRACT TECH PEOPLE, HAVING THE TIME WINDOW SO IT’S NOT —
WE’RE TRYING TO INSTITUTIONALIZE WHAT WE’RE
DOING AND EVERYBODY IS GOING TO STAY FOREVER.
NO, AND BRUCE, TO YOUR POINT, HOW DO WE ATTRACT TALENT, WELL,
I’LL TELL YOU WHAT. I’M VERY ATTRACTED TO DONATING
MY STAFF FOR A FEW WEEKS HERE OR A FEW MONTHS THERE FOR AN
EXCITING PROJECT. WE DID IT ON THE EBOLA THING,
WITH W.H.O. MY STAFF ALL GAINED, AND THEY
GAINED, AND W.H.O. CONTINUES ON. BUREAU ON BIG DATA I WOULD LIKE
TO PARTICIPATE IN SOME OF THE PROJECTS, NOT FOR VERY LONG,
YOU KNOW FOR A FEW WEEKS OR FEW DAYS, AND I THINK HAVING THAT
MECHANISM IS NOT LIKE I SAY — MAYBE IT’S A CRADA.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE IS, NOT
A CONTRACT. IT’S PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IS
THE BIG PAYOFF. AND, YOU KNOW, MY STAFF WANTS TO
LEARN, YOUR STAFF WANTS TO LEARN, THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO
LEARN. THE COMPANY WANTS TO LEARN BUT
THEY DON’T WANT TO LEARN IN SOME STOVE PIPED THING, THEY WANT
TO DO PROJECT-BASED LEARNING. I DO A LOT OF WORK WITH KIDS IN
HIGH SCHOOL, IN THE INNER CITY. EXERCISES.
THEY GET TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN PROJECT.
THEY WORK ON YOU KNOW, VIOLENCE OR GANGS OR DRUGS OR WHATEVER
IT IS. THEY USE GIS TO BE ABLE TO DO
IT. YOU CANNOT BELIEVE THE EXCITE
THEMENT — EXCITEMENT IN A COMES OUT OF PROJECT-BASED
LEARNING. IT’S A S.T.E.M. PLAY, AND THEY
COME OUT OF THAT AND THEY ARE JUST TOTALLY, TOTALLY, TOTALLY
EXCITED BECAUSE THEY ARE ACTUALLY ABLE TO PROBLEM SOLVE
IN A PROJECT FRAMEWORK OVER JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS AND OUT OF
THAT COMES, YOU KNOW, THEY GO RIGHT INTO COLLEGE, RIGHT INTO
JOBS WITH GREAT THINGS. PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IS
ENORMOUSLY ATTRACTIVE TO ALL OF US.
IF YOU LOOK AT WHERE YOU ACTUALLY LEARN, YOU GOT INVOLVED
IN A PROJECT AND YOU LEARNED AND GREW.
THAT TO ME IS THE ANSWER TO THE SHORTAGE OF TECH PEOPLE AND HOW
YOU INSTITUTIONALIZE THAT IN COMMERCE, YOU SET UP SOME KIND
OF A LAB, SHORT DURATION, HIGH IMPACT KIND OF PROJECT,
FACILITATE THESE PROJECTS, AND THEY AREN’T BUILDING INFORMATION
SYSTEMS. THEY ARE KIND OF THE PROTOTYPES
THAT INTEGRATE DATA WITH TECH, WITH CRITICAL THINKING, AND ALL
THE STUFF THAT YOU SHARED ABOUT THESE DIFFERENT THINGS
GOING ON, BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT — WE’RE GOING TO
HAVE A NETWORK OF LITTLE LABS, PRIVATE SECTOR AND UNIVERSITY
CAN GET INVOLVED WITH, AND MAYBE THERE’S VERY SMALL — NOT
SOME TRADITIONAL THE QUESTION RICH QUICK THING BUT YOU GET
THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE PUBLIC SERVICE, BRUCE, THAT’S WHAT
YOU’VE GOT, AN ATTRACTION, AND TO LEARN QUICKLY AND TO LEARN
ABOUT DATA SCIENCE AND DATA, IT’S THE STEP BEYOND SIMPLY,
YOU KNOW, SOME KIND OF FORMALIZED TEACHING OF DATA
SCIENCE. NO, AND, YEAH, THERE’S THAT TOO.
YOU’RE ENGAGED IN DOING THIS >>WELL, IT’S TIME WE CLOSE
SOON. GO AHEAD.
>>COMPLEMENTARY TO THE CONCEPT MAYBE IN TERMS OF INSTITUTIONIZALLIZING,
IF YOU HAVE A LIST OF PROJECTS THAT COULD BE DONE THAT
CREATES INSTITUTIONAL NEEDS. >>YEAH, GIVE THEM TO HIGH SCHOOL.
>>TO COMPLEMENT. >>GIVE THEM TO HIGH SCHOOLS,
THEY WILL DO IT. >> GO AHEAD.
>>WHEN YOU’RE DONATING YOUR TIME AND EFFORT WE WOULD BE
WILLING TO WORK WITH YOU TO ACTUALLY PROVIDE THE INFRASTRUCTURE.
>>OH. >> DONATING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
OF CLOUD RESOURCES TOGETHER, AND NOW WE’RE ON 3600 SCHOOLS,
K-12 SCHOOLS, ALL LEARNING DOING PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
THANKS TO THAT PARTNERSHIP. I’M SORRY I DIDN’T ACKNOWLEDGE
THAT. >> I THINK THE PREVIOUS TERM IS
STILL THE MAJOR THEME THE PAST COUPLE DAYS, HOW TO NOT JUST
HAVE GREATER IMPACT, ALSO INSTITUTIONALIZE THIS GREAT
WORK, THE LAB IDEA CAN BE ONE OF OUR MAJOR TAKEAWAYS.
WE NEED TO LET DEPUTY SECRETARY ANDREWS GET BACK. >> AS YOU’RE TALKING FROM
UNIVERSITIES, COMPANIES ARE STEALING AWAY PEOPLE RIGHT AWAY. I JUST REMEMBER BACK TO MY, YOU
KNOW, I GOT MY Ph.D. 15 YEARS AGO, BEFORE DATA SCIENCE WAS
NAMED, BUT WE DID THE SAME THING, RIGHT?
AND BACK THEN WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL, GOVERNMENT WAS THINGS WE
ALL THOUGHT ABOUT. BACK THEN IT WAS NIH.
I KNOW A NUMBER OF PEOPLE I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH, THEY GOT
TOGETHER AND WENT TO WORK FOR NIH.
AND BACK THEN, WE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WE COULD COME TO THE
GOVERNMENT, WHAT WE COULD DO, AND IT WAS OUR CHOICE WHETHER TO
GO OR NOT. I WAS CONSIDERING WORKING FOR
DIFFERENT PART OF GOVERNMENT. DECIDED NOT TO FOR DIFFERENT REASONS.
A YEAR-AND-A-HALF AGO, MY ADVISER ASKED CAN YOU TALK TO
GRAD STUDENTS. I CAME TO THE UNIVERSITY AND
SPOKE AND ACTUALLY ASKED, GUYS, ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT
GOVERNMENTS? NO, WE DON’T WANT TO DO FDA.
THEY HAD FDA IN THE MIND. THERE’S NOTHING ELSE WE CAN
THINK ABOUT. IS THERE SOMETHING?
I DON’T KNOW, GUYS, LOOK IT UP. WAS A YEAR-AND-A-HALF AGO.
THEN ENGINEERING JOB FAIR, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN,
HUMONGOUS. THINKING BACK I’M TRYING TO
REMEMBER WHO WAS THERE FROM THE GOVERNMENT, ONE WAS MARINES,
AND ONE WAS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.
I DON’T REMEMBER ANYTHING ELSE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AT ALL, AND
IT WAS — I MEAN, IT WAS A JOB FAIR IN THREE BUILDING.
IT WAS PROBABLY GOOD TWO TO THREE HUNDRED COMPANIES, SMALL
TO BIG. BUT GOING BACK TO THAT, YOU
KNOW, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, YOU COULD GET REALLY GOOD
PEOPLE. THEY JUST DON’T KNOW.
SO IF YOU WANT TO GET THOSE PEOPLE, YOU HAVE TO MAKE AN
EFFORT, LET THEM KNOW WHAT YOU DO, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I WENT TO
WORK FOR BIOTECH, AND YES I COULD GO AND WORK FOR OTHER
COMPANIES BACK THEN BUT I WANTED TO DO GOOD FOR HUMANITY, THE
SAME WITH STUDENTS. THEY WANT TO COME AND SERVE.
YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TELL THEM, GUYS, COME TO US, YOU
HAVE TO COME BACK TO THEM AND TELL.
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO. HERE IS SOME COOL STUFF.
IF YOU HAVE LAB, COME TO WORK IN OUR LAB FOR TWO YEARS, LIKE
YOUR POSTDOC OR YOUR STEP FORWARD, YOU WILL GET A LOT OF
PEOPLE I BELIEVE BUT YOU HAVE TO LET THEM KNOW.
YOU HAVE TO MAKE AN EFFORT. FINAL COMMENT PLEASE.
>>TO FOLLOW UP, WE HAVE A QUICKLY GROWING DATA SCIENCE
PROGRAM AND A LOT OF RELATIONSHIPS WITH COMPANIES, SO
THAT WE KNOW WHAT THEY NEED AND WANT AND THE STUDENTS CAN
DO THE INTERNSHIP THERE AND MORE LIKELY TO TAKE A JOB THERE
BUT I DON’T THINK WE HAVE ANY RELATIONSHIP YET WITH
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE OR ENTITIES LIKE THAT, MAYBE A
LOST OPPORTUNITY BUT I WANTED TO MENTION THAT I SPENT LAST IS A SABBATICAL AOCD, PEOPLE CAME
FROM AROUND THE GLOBE, THEY COULDN’T SHARE DATA BUT THEY
COULD SHARE METHODS AND IT WAS AN INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION. I DEEPLY ENJOYED IT.
YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT OUTCOME POTENTIALLY
PEOPLE WANTING TO SPEND A SABBATICAL IN THE ENVIRONMENT OR
INTERNSHIP, SUMMER INTERNSHIP, THIS WAY YOU GET ALL THE
KNOWLEDGE THAT CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED BY A BOOK AND
PEOPLE, THE PASSIVE KNOWLEDGE, HOW TO RUN THAT TOOL AND MAKE
THAT DATASET WORK FOR YOUR NEW APP, ET CETERA.
SO ACKNOWLEDGE FROM ACROSS MANY DIFFERENT DATA SCIENCE PROGRAMS
AND OTHER PROGRAMS THAT ARE RELEVANT, I THINK, IS ANOTHER
WAY, IMPORTANT POINT. I LOVE TO SEE SO MUCH EDUCATION DISCUSSION.
>> IT’S WONDERFUL. WELL, THANK YOU ALL FOR THE
FEEDBACK. >> I WANT TO THANK YOU.
THIS IS REMARKABLY HELPFUL. I THINK YOU ALL KNOW THIS BUT
THE GUIDANCE AND INPUT YOU PROVIDE REALLY HELPS US TO DO
OUR JOB BETTER SO WE APPRECIATE YOUR COMMITMENT OF TIME AND
ENERGY TO THIS. I KNOW IT’S TAKING TWO DAYS OUT
OF YOUR VERY BUSY LIVES, AND OTHER THINGS, IT’S INCREDIBLY
HELPFUL. CONTINUE GOING FORWARD.
WE’RE ONLY GOING TO GET BETTER WITH YOUR INPUT AND HELP.
TO YOUR LAST POINT, ANYBODY WHO WOULD LIKE TO DO A SABBATICAL
AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, YOU’RE VERY WELCOME.
WE’LL GET YOU A GREAT OFFICE AND WE’LL BE HAPPY TO WELCOME YOU.
NO COFFEE. >> THANK YOU, BRUCE.
WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. >>NO, THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] FIVE-MINUTE BREAK AND MOVE BACK
TO THE AGENDA. WE LOST A FEW MINUTES.
THANK YOU. (RECESS)>>OKAY.
HE’S A GREAT BOSS. WE’RE EXCITED NOW TO GET TO THE
NEXT PORTION OF OUR AGENDA. WE’RE GOING TO WELCOME BACK OR
AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE MR. TOM
BEACH. VERY HAVE GREAT TUMOR WELCOMING HIM BACK.
FOR THOSE THAT DIDN’T HEAR ANYMORE IN SANTA CLARAA, SENIOR
ADVISER IN THE U.S. TRADEMARK AND PATENT OFFICE, SUPPORTING
THE DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR TO ACHIEVE GOALS, AND MANAGE
OPERATIONS OF THE AGENCY, ACTING PORTFOLIO MANAGER LEAD OF THE
DIGITAL SERVICE AND DATA ANALYTICS I.T. PORTFOLIO, OPEN
DATA, BIG DATA, AND MOBILE SITE AS WELL TO GAIN INSIGHTS AT
EVERY LEVEL TO ENSURE PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS ARE OF HIGHEST
QUALITY, PRIVATE SECTOR BACKGROUND AS WELL, I’LL
SHORTEN IT. NIKE, INDEPENDENT LICENSE GROUP,
EQUITY RESEARCH, WORK OVERSEAS, GRADUATE OF GEORGIA
INSTITUTE OF TECH, MASTER’S DEGREE IN GEORGETOWN.
THREE HOYAS IN A ROW FOR YOUR MORNING AGENDA.
WE’RE WELCOMING TOM BACK. I’VE WORKED WITH 200 GOVERNMENTS
IN SOME WAY, CONSULTANT, VENDOR, I’VE NEVER SEEN A
MODERNIZATION PLAN LIKE PTO SO I’M GLAD THEY ARE HERE TO
DEMONSTRATE WHAT THEY PROMISE. BUT WE CAN MAKE IT UP.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN’T
THANK THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THIS MORNING’S SPEAK AS WELL AS
THE SUPPORT FROM DOC, SECRETARY PRITZKER AS WELL, ALL OF THE
CDAC MEMBERS. IT’S BEEN INSPIRATIONAL FOR OUR
ORGANIZATION TO BE INVOLVED, WE FEEL HONORED TO BE PART OF
THIS GROUP, AND WE’RE DOING INTERESTING WORK AND I HOPE TO
GET SOME GOOD FEEDBACK TODAY. WE’VE GOT QUESTIONS AS WELL.
LASTLY, MOST IMPORTANTLY NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART THE SCRAPPY
TEAM BACK AT THE USPTO MANAGING TO PULL THIS OFF.
OUR MISSION IS DELIVERING TIMELY QUALITY PATENTS AND
TRADEMARKS, DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT DATA.
WE’RE COMPETING WITH OUR CORE MISSION BUT WE’RE REALIZE ARE
OUR CORE MISSION CAN ONLY GET BETTER THROUGH DATA.
IT’S A DIE AM IN AIC — DYNAMIC TEAM FOR US.
WE’RE A PROUD SCRAPPY TEAM. WE’LL GO TO THE FIRST SLIDE.
A SHOW FLOW, I’LL GO THROUGH SLIDES AND WE’LL TOGGLE OVER TO
THE DEVELOPER HUB, FOR DEVELOPER.USPTO.GOV.
WE’LL PLAY WITH VISUALIZATION AND COOL WORK WE’VE BEEN DOING. I HAVE QUESTIONS FOR THE PANEL
AND FOR EVERYONE, AND I’LL CLOSE WITH THE NEXT PHASE OF THE
WORK, IT’S MORE THE DATA SCIENCE, BIG DATA AREA, IF WE
HAVE TIME WE’LL COVER THAT. SO STARTING WITH THIS, OUR CHIEF
OF STAFF IS A PROGRESSIVE AND EXCITING PERSON AT OUR AGENCY. HE HAS A WALL IN THE OFFICE
YOU’RE ALLOWED TO DRAW ON. A MARKER WALL.
THIS IS WHAT I DREW ON HIS WALL IN HIS OFFICE.
A LOT OF FOLKS IN OUR AGENCY WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT’S THE
NEXUS BETWEEN OPEN DATA, BIG DATA, OPEN GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC
DATA, PRIVATE DATA, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
SOME OF MY — MY BROTHER JOHN WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE WATCHING
UNDERSTANDS WHY IT LOOKS THE WAY IT DOES.
I DO GRAFFITI WORK AT HOME. THIS IS SORT OF WHY IT’S MISSION
CRITICAL AND IMPORTANT TO OUR AGENCY.
SOME QUESTIONS I WANT TO START OUT OF THE GATE FOR EVERYBODY,
IF YOU CAN, AND WE’LL TOUCH BACK AT THESE LATER.
WHY IT MATTERS WHEN WE GO THROUGH — WE HEARD TALK ABOUT
INNOVATION TODAY AND REALLY MEASURING INNOVATION, MEASURING
TECHNOLOGY AND HOW DO WE DO THAT.
THE QUESTIONS THAT I’D LIKE TO HEAR INPUT ON HOW DO WE ENSURE
ECONOMIC COMPETETIVENESS ABOUT USPTO DATA.
HOW DO WE REMAIN COMPETITIVE WHILE UNDERSTANDING INNOVATION,
AND WHILE THAT SOUNDS SORT OF NOT A CLEAR NEXUS BUT AS WE GO
THROUGH VISUALIZATION I HOPE YOU’LL BE INSPIRED BY WHY USPTO
DATA COMBINED WITH ECONOMIC DATA, OPERATIONS DATA AND OTHER
TYPES OF DATA MATTER AND ALSO PROVIDE INSIGHTS.
ALSO HOW CAN WE PACKAGE OUR DATA BETTER, WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET
INTO WHAT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS HERE, TO
PROVIDE THE RIGHT DATA TO DRIVE POLICY IN AND AROUND
INNOVATION. I HEARD SOME TALK ABOUT HOW
WE’RE GOING TO DO EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY ON THE HILL.
I WOULD ARGUE SOME VISUALIZATIONS WILL PROVIDE OR
WILL GO THROUGH ARE USABLE BY HILL STAFF TO UNDERSTAND THEIR CONSTITUENCY, WHO IS
FILING WHAT FROM THEIR STATE, WHY S.T.E.M.
MATTERS, HOW DOES IT LOOK. WE GET QUESTIONS HOW CAN WE FILE
BETTER PATENTS. THE MORE WE DISCUSS HOW PATENTS
RELATE TO ECOSYSTEM SUCH AS INNOVATION THE BETTER WE’RE ABLE
TO PARTICIPATE IN IT. I THINK ONE OF THE KEY ASPECTS
OF OUR OPEN DATA PROGRAM IS BREAK DOWN BARRIERS, TO MAKE
ANYONE PARTAKE IN THIS CONVERSATION, IT IS THE PLATFORM
FROM WHICH WHEN WE GET TO IT YOU’LL SEE, THAT’S HOW WE BUILT
IT SO ANYONE CAN COME. ALSO KEEP IN MIND WHAT WOULD BE
GREAT INSIGHTS ON WHAT THE CONTOURS FOR PREDICTING
TECHNOLOGY WOULD BE, IS IT MORE ECONOMIC DATA, IS IT WATCHING
CENSUS DATA, IS IT WATCHING INTERNATIONAL TRADE DATA, HOW
ELSE CAN WE UNDERSTAND WHERE THE INNOVATION WILL BE IN 5 TO 10
YEARS AND START MAKING POLICY ABOUT IT.
WE DEAL WITH A DIFFERENT ISSUE OF PATENTING CERTAIN SORT OF
STATUTORY CLASSES OF INVENTIONS SUCH AS LIVING ORGANISMS, SO WE
HAVE OUR OWN NEXUS BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION, BUT
REALLY FROM AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE OR ANYON’S
PERSPECTIVE HOW DOES IT FIT INTO WHAT YOU ALREADY DO?
THIS IS A QUICK SLIDE, I’VE COVERED MOST OF THIS.
WHERE WE STARTED, YOU KNOW, WE LIKE TO SAY AS PART OF THE
PROGRESS OF THE CONSTITUTION WE’VE BEEN DOING DATA
DISSEMINATION FOR 250 YEARS BUT THE GOAL AND MISSION IS TO MAKE
IT BETTER AND MORE ACCESSIBLE. ALSO TO BRING OURSELVES INTO THE
21ST CENTURY. SO IN SHORT I WILL EXPLAIN THAT
THE VALUE PROPOSITION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THAT FUELS
OUR ECONOMY, YOU GIVE US THE INFORMATION OF YOUR INVENTION,
IF TURN WE GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO EXCLUDE OTHERS.
THAT’S THE MODEL. WE STARTED WITH A SCRAPPY
START-UP TEAM, NOMINAL FUNDING AT BEST BUT WE’RE WORKING VERY
HARD TO MAKE INROADS, REALLY EVANGELIZE WITHIN OUR AGENCY.
AND SO I THOUGHT I WOULD APPROPRIATELY GO FLASHBACK
FRIDAY. THIS IS THE SLIDE FROM THE LAST
CDAC. ON SEVERAL ROAD MAPS, IT’S BEEN
INTERESTING. WE’VE EXECUTED ON THIS.
DETAILS WILL BE BETTER WHEN WE GO THROUGH VISUALIZATION BUT WE
MAPPED OUT WELL, DEALT WITH SLIDES, MANAGING SITUATIONS, BUT
I WILL TOUCH ON SOME OF THE CONVERSATION AROUND TALENT, AND
THE IMPORTANCE OF NOT JUST HAVING DATA SCIENCE TALENT AND
AGENCIES BUT I WOULD ARGUE, IF WE CAN TOGGLE TO THE INTERNET
NOW, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. THE OPEN DATA MOBILITY PAGE.
OKAY. SO IF YOU CAN SCROLL DOWN, OUR
MVP PAGE. SO THE UPPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER,
THIS WILL BE INTERESTING. I’M GOING TO BACK SEAT DRIVE OUR
WEBSITE TO SEE HOW WELL IT WORKS.
TOP RIGHT PUTTING HAND IN THE INNOVATORS, THAT LINK, HIT THAT
UPPER RIGHT CORNER. NOT THAT ONE.
YEAH, SORRY. CHANGING GEARS ON YOU.
GO TO THE UPPER RIGHT. THERE YOU GO.
GO AHEAD, CLICK ON THAT. GO FOR IT.
THIS IS THE DOC BLOG >>BE BRAVE.
>> LIVING DANGEROUSLY. IT’S COMMERCE, SO I’M HOPING
IT’S NOT BLOCKED. >>WE’VE HAD ISSUES WITH THIS
ACTUALLY. >>OH, IT IS?
>>YEAH. >> WELL, I’LL DO A VISUAL
DESCRIPTION OF MY OWN. WE CREATED OUR OWN INNOVATION
LAB IN THE OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY, I FOUND A LARGE
ROOM, STORAGE, WE DECIDED TO TAKE ABOUT A 20-FOOT BY 20-FOOT
STORAGE ROOM, PUT THOSE INTO RECORDS, AND DUMP IT.
AND BUILT A MULTI-PANELED WALL WITH SCREENS, CAMERAS, TY AND I
KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS FROM CDS HAD THE CHANCE TO SEE IT.
IT’S A GREAT SPACE. IT’S ALL TABLES, SMALL TABLE IN
THE MIDDLE, THERE’S NO OFFICE SPACE.
IT’S CUBICLE ORIENTED, 12-FOOT WHITE BOARDS. IT IS WHERE WE DO THE WORK THAT WE DO.
SO WE LITERALLY BUILT AN INNOVATION LAB IN THE OFFICE OF
THE UNDERSECRETARY, THAT’S WHAT WE BELIEVE IN THIS VISION.
MICHELLE, OUR DIRECTOR HAS BEEN 100% SUPPORTIVE OF THIS, AND
KNOWING THAT MATTERS. WHEN I SAY THAT, BECAUSE, YOU
KNOW, WITHOUT THAT SORT OF FEDERATED MODEL I WOULD ADD TO
THIS EQUATION BECAUSE IF YOU PUT DATA SCIENTISTS AND
EXPERTS IN AN AGENCY TOGETHER AND PURCHASE CHUTE IN AS WE’RE
DOING WITH CDS, MY EXPERIENCE SHARING THAT WITH MANAGING
THAT, IT’S BEEN A TREMENDOUSLY EXCITING EXPERIENCE, WE’RE
LEARNING AS WE GO. ONE THING I WOULD BE REMISS TO
SAY WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE FOLKS BE ABLE TO TRANSLATE
BUSINESS PROBLEMS TO THE DATA SCIENTISTS.
YOU CAN’T HAVE THOSE TWO WITHOUT AN INTERMEDIARY.
YOU NEED A TRANSLATOR, A UNIQUE ROLE SOMEONE PLACE,
WHY WHAT YOU DO REGULARLY WILL CHANGE, ADJUST FOR FEAR,
UNDERSTAND NEW EXCITING THINGS ISN’T TAKING AWAY FROM THEIR
JOB, DATA LITERACY A SCIENTISTS, WHY ARE YOU DOING
THIS? IT WOULD BE DONE BETTER THIS
WAY. STRAINTS.
WHAT YOU CAN DO IN THAT ECOSYSTEM, NOT WHAT YOU CAN EXPLAIN ABOUT THAT ECOSYSTEM.
THAT USED TO BE A STORAGE CLOSET.
NOW FOR THE INTERACTIVE ASPECT, LET’S JUMP TO THE DEVELOPER HUB.
OPEN DATA PORTAL. THIS WENT LIVE MONDAY.
THIS WAS LAST MONDAY. SO TIMING COULDN’T BE BETTER.
FULL FUNCTIONALITY. THIS IS WHETHER I MEANT WHEN I
TALKED ABOUT CREATING A PLATFORM FOR ANYONE TO ACCESS.
WE WANTED TO INVENTORY IN A UNIQUE WAY FOR FOLKS TO COME AND
GET WHAT THEY WANT. WE WANTED TO PROVIDE
VISUALIZATION OF OUR DATA THROUGH A PUBLIC LICENSE OF
TABLEAU AND SAY TELL US YOUR STORY, TELL US, YOU KNOW, WE
KNOW OUR STORY, BUT UNTIL THERE’S A JOINT CONVERSATION AND
COMMITMENT AND THAT’S ANOTHER THING I WOULD ASK, A COMMITMENT
FROM THOSE THAT YOU KNOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS
CONVERSATION, AND THE LAST KEY ASPECT, CAPTURE THIS THROUGH A
COMMUNITY. I LIKENED IT TO A COMMUNITY
CAFE, A COFFEE SHOP, TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS, HALLWAY
CONVERSATIONS, THAT’S AMAZING, I’M GOING TO RUN OFF AND DO
SOMETHING INNOVATIVE. LASTLY WE’RE FOCUSED ON WEB ANALYTICS, THAT’S
IMPORTANT. GO UP TO THE VISUALIZING OUR
DATA PAGE. AT ANY POINT PLEASE — I KNOW
THE CARD IS ALREADY POINTED UP, MAYBE THAT’S FROM YESTERDAY’S
CONVERSATION. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ALREADY
— JUST JUMP IN. THIS IS — THERE YOU GO.
THIS IS A LOT MORE INTERACTIVE THAN THE OTHERS.
WE HAVE A FORMAL PROCESS. PEOPLE HAVE QUESTIONS, THEY WANT
TO SEE A PARTICULAR VISUALIZATION LET’S JUMP ON IT. SCROLL DOWN AND START WITH THE ORANGE AND BLUE ONES.
CLICK ON THE PART THAT SAYS UTILITY PATENT APPLICATION AND
GRANTS. THIS IS TAKING OUR FLAT FILE
DATA WE ALREADY PRODUCE, PROVIDING IT IN A REALLY UNIQUE
AND INTERACTIVE WAY. WE’VE GOT A SLIDER THERE IN THE
MIDDLE THAT ALLOWS US TO ADJUST FROM 1963 TO PRESENT.
THE KEY TAKEAWAYS ON THIS TELLING OF THIS STORY IS BLUE IS
FOREIGN-BASED PATENTS THAT ARE ISSUED IN THE UNITED STATES,
AND ORANGE ARE DOMESTICALLY ISSUED PATENTS IN THE UNITED
STATES. SO AS YOU CAN SEE —
>>(INAUDIBLE). >>THE INHAVEN’TORSHIP. — INVENTOR SHIP.
YOU CAN SEE THE NEXUS, THERE ARE MORE IN THIS COUNTRY, THIS
GETS INTO THE CONVERSATION OF POLICY, WE BELIEVE THE UNITED
STATES OF COURSE IS THE PREMIER I.P. SYSTEM IN THE WORLD,
CHINA IS CURRENTLY FILING TWICE AS MANY APPLICATIONS
DOMESTICALLY THAN WE ARE. BUT OF COURSE —
>>DOMESTICALLY HERE? >>NO, IN CHINA THEMSELVES.
SO THE ISSUE THERE IS, WHILE WE NEED TO GET AHEAD OF OURSELVES
ON A POLICY, WHETHER WE CURRENTLY UNDERSTAND THIS DATA
OF CHINA’S INFRINGEMENT IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS MUCH
DIFFERENT THAN OURS BUT WHAT IF THAT CHANGES, RIGHT?
WHAT THIS INSPIRES US TO TALK ABOUT SOME OTHER ISSUES.
I WOULD ARGUE THIS IS A GREAT CAPTURE OF WHY S.T.E.M. MATTERS. WE’RE NOT SEEING IT COME FROM
INTERNAL FROM OUR COUNTRY. IT’S NOT A SILVER BULLET BUT
IT’S A REASON TO ASK MORE QUESTIONS .
IF WE CAN GO BACK, I WILL JUMP TO — LET’S DO THE APPLE ONE IN
THE MIDDLE. I’M TESTING OUT THE DRIVER HERE
BY SWITCHING UP ON THEM. THIS IS A FUN ONE WHERE WE
DECIDED TO TAKE PATENT PORTFOLIO, LAYER EARNING PER
SHARE AND PRODUCT DELIVERY TO SEE WHAT IT SAID.
I’LL TOUCH ALSO ON A POINT ABOUT THERE’S TUTORIAL AND HOW TO
MAKE THESE SO WE DIDN’T MAKE THIS, SO IT WAS — THERE’S A
WHOLE TUTORIAL PAGE ON HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN VISUALIZATION. THIS IS INTERESTING INSIGHT AS
TO PATENT PORTFOLIO SIZE, PRODUCT RELEASE AND EFFECT OF
IT, IT’S VERY INTERESTING. I ASKED WHAT OTHER DATA DO YOU
FIND INTERESTING PREDICTING TECHNOLOGY, ONE STRATEGY MAY BE
LOOKING AT LITIGATION DATA, M AND A, WHAT STRATEGIC INSIGHT
DOES THAT PROVIDE? IF YOU CAN TRACK WHERE COMPANIES
ARE BUYING OTHER COMPANIES, FOR MANY REASONS, BUT SOMETIMES
IT’S FOR THEIR I.P. ASSETS. HOW DOES THAT INTERSECT?
WE’LL GO BACK AGAIN PLEASE .
AND SCROLL DOWN — OH, ACTUALLY GO TO THE TOP RIGHT, THE BLUE
AND RED. I APOLOGIZE FOR THE BLUE AND RED
STATES. IT WAS NOT OUR INTENT CERTAINLY
AT THIS TIME TIME OF YEAR, LOOKING AT THIS, THIS IS
BASICALLY UTILITY PATENTS ISSUED HER CAPITA OF A STATE.
WITHOUT BEING, YOU KNOW, WITHOUT MAKING ASSERTIONS ABOUT
DIFFERENT STATES, OBVIOUSLY CALIFORNIA, HIGH RATE OF FILING
GRANTS OF PATENTS, NOT SURPRISING, BUT IDAHO AND
MINNESOTA INTERESTING, RIGHT? WHAT’S GOING ON IN IDAHO THAT
PROVIDES THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE THE SAME INNOVATION PER CAPITA
AS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA?
>>DATA CENTERS? >>IT’S MICRON.
>>HUH? >>IT’S MICRON.
WE’LL GET INTO THAT. WE CAN GO TO A STATE AND FIGURE
OUT WHAT THE TECHNOLOGY IS. >> THE REASON I’M ASKING, TEST
POLICY. >>IT’S A GREAT QUESTION.
>> (INAUDIBLE). >>RIGHT.
THAT’S A GREAT POINT. THE NEXT VISUALIZATION, LOOK AT
TAX CODES BY STATE, AND LAYER ON TOP OF THAT WHERE THE
INNOVATION IS GOING, RIGHT? I THINK IT’S A GREAT POINT. >>(INAUDIBLE) FILING FROM
DELAWARE. >>YEAH, PROBABLY FOR THAT
REASON. WE COULD ZOOM IN AND FIND THAT
THERE. >> (INAUDIBLE).
>>YEAH, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO ZOOM OUT — YEAH, ZOOM IN THERE.
THERE IS THE PER CAPITA. THIS IS USEFUL, VERY
INTERESTING, A GOOD SEGUE. WE’LL GO TO THE ONE — I’M
ALWAYS LOOKING THIS WAY. MY DRIVER IS OVER THERE.
YOU CAN’T SEE ME. ONE WITH THE STATES.
SCROLL DOWN PLEASE. A LITTLE FURTHER.
I URGE YOU ALL TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.
IF ANYONE SEES ANYTHING INTERESTING THEY WANT TO TALK
ABOUT, I’M GOING TO RUN THROUGH A FEW.
RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STATES, YEP .
SO THIS IS A GOOD QUESTION. WHAT WE CAN DO WITH THIS
VISUALIZATION, TAKING FILES WE ALREADY PRODUCE, WHAT I SAID BY
TALENT, WE HAVE TWO PEOPLE AT OUR AGENCY YEAR OVER YEAR ARE
CRUNCHING HUGE SPREADSHEETS OF FLAT FILE DATA.
THEY WERE JUST RIPE FOR VISUALIZATION.
WE NEED TO LOOK INWARD TO OUR AGENCIES, NOT
JUST EXTERNAL. LET’S PICK IDAHO SINCE WE BROUGHT UP IDAHO, AND THEN
TAKE THAT SLIDER AND HAVE IT BE 1980 TO 1990.
ROUGHLY THEREABOUTS IS FINE. WHAT THIS IS SHOWING HERE IS
FOOD AND EDIBLE PRODUCTS, IF YOU HOVER OVER ANY OF THOSE
SQUARES, WHAT THOSE ARE ARE THE U.S. CLASSIFICATIONS OF THAT
PARTICULAR TECHNOLOGY, BIGGER THE SQUARE, MORE PATENTS ISSUED
IN THAT TECHNOLOGY. BASIC, RIGHT?
AS THE BOTTOM TALKS ABOUT WHAT THE FLOW RATES ARE AND ALL THAT,
IF WE SWITCH THAT SLIDER TO
PRESENT AND THEN GO BACK TO LIKE 2000, WE HAD FOOD AND EDIBLE PRODUCTS, RIGHT?
AND THEN SEMI CONDUCTORS. THE JOKE IS THEY WENT FROM
POTATO CHIPS TO CHIPS. MICRON IS THE BIGGEST DRIVER IN THIS.
IT’S INTERESTING. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.
IT’S A REALLY INTERACTIVE WAY TO ENSURE THE DEMOGRAPHIC OF A
STATE. WE’RE NOW IN DALLAS, DENVER, SILICON
VALLEY AND DETROIT, HOW CAN WE BEST SERVE THROUGH REGIONAL
OFFICE .
MAKING THESE VARIOUS ENTRY LOWS, GREAT TEACHING TOOLS.
SOMETHING YOU CAN TAKE INTO A CLUES ROOM, IT CAN BE A
UNIVERSITY PROJECT. IT CAN BE FROM K-12 THROUGH
COLLEGE, BUILD YOUR OWN VISUALIZATION, BASE IT ON
INNOVATION AND LEARN WHAT WE DO IN THE U. S. RELATIVE TO THAT.
WE WANT TO SEE MORE STATES, MORE VISUALS.
GO TO THE COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW, OUR COMMUNITY.
I WANT TO MAKE SURE I TOUCH ON THIS AS WELL.
THIS IS THE PLATFORM I SPOKE OF THAT’S REALLY KEY.
SO OUR COMMUNITY, THE PHOTO AT THE TOP IS ACTUALLY FROM AN
ICON-A-THON THAT WE HELD AT THE U.S. TRADEMARK AND PATENT
OFFICE. WE DO HACKATHONS AND BRING IN
TECHNICAL BUT WE TOOK SUPER LINGUAL ICONS TO SUPPRESS PATENT
INFRINGEMENT OR PATENT PENDING.
WHAT WOULD YOU DRAW? THOSE ARE ACTUAL THINGS PEOPLE
DREW AND DID CHECK MARKS AND WE DECIDED WHICH ICON WAS ACTUALLY
MOST INTERESTING AND WE ACTUALLY FORMALIZED THEM INTO
TRUE ICONS. THERE WAS A FUN WAY TO EXPRESS
UNDERSTANDING WHAT THAT MEANT. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO SHARE THE
CONCEPT. THIS IS OUR SITE, WHAT IT HAS IF
YOU SCROLL DOWN IS GETTING FEEDS FROM DIFFERENT TYPES OF PLACES, THIS
IS WHERE ONE COULD POST THEIR OWN VISUALIZATION, WHAT’S GOING
ON IN TERMS OF THE AGENCY, AND IT’S IN AND AROUND
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, PATENTS, TRADEMARKS
AND TRADE SECRETS. SCROLL UP AND HIT THE CENTER
BUTTON ON DEVELOPING DEVELOPER COMMUNITIES.
SO, YOU KNOW, WE DECIDED TO MAKE IT SO IT LOOKS LIKE ALL RIGHT
IF YOU’RE INTO DEVELOPER WORK WE WANT TO LOOK AT WHAT CAN I
FIND, API, BULK DATA STORAGE, API IS HERE SO THIS IS SORT OF
A REALLY INTERESTING WAY TO PROVIDE THE CONVENING PLACE.
I REALLY LEARNED THE POWER OF CONVENING, WHEN I DID A DETAIL
AT THE PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, AND SO FOLKS THAT KNOW
THAT AGENCY KNOW THEY ARE TREMENDOUS AT CONVENING.
WITH THAT, WE WANT TO WRAP IT UP.
WE’LL GO BACK TO THE SLIDES AND I’LL CLOSE REAL QUICK.
I HAD THOSE JUST IN CASE WE DIDN’T — WEREN’T ABLE TO GO
THAT FAST. TECHNOLOGY DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK
THE WAY YOU WANT IT TO. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT MOVING
FORWARD, WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT FOR BIG DATA.
WE’RE LOOKING AT IMPROVING PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT IN OUR
INSTITUTE AROUND QUALITY. THIS IS WHERE WE’RE TAKING DATA
LITERACY A SCIENCE AND APPLYING IT AGAINST PATENT PROSECUTION
OR TRADEMARK PROSECUTION WITHIN THE AGENCY, TO GAIN INSIGHTS
AND REALLY UNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT WE HAVE 1.2 MILLION PATENT
APPLICATIONS AT ANY GIVEN TIME, 8 1/2 THOUSAND
EXAMINERRERS, 305,000 PATENTS WE ISSUE A YEAR, IT’S JUST A
TREMENDOUS LOAD. WE NEED TO GET INSIGHT FROM
THAT. ONE OF THE OTHER ONES WE TOUCHED
ON WAS APPROVING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE.
THIS IS THAT NEXUS BETWEEN OUR APPLICANT AND FRANKLY OUR
CUSTOMER. SO WE LOOK AT IT AT A CUSTOMER
EXPERIENCE, BECAUSE WE’RE FINDING 30% OF PRO SE, FILING OUT AN ATTORNEY,
DON’T GET THROUGH THE BEGINNING, THEY DON’T GET
THROUGH FILLING OUT THE FORMS CORRECTLY.
THAT DOESN’T EVEN MAKE IT TO THE PER.
WE’RE LOSING THAT POPULATION. IMPROVING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
BOTH ON THE TRADEMARK SIDE AND PATENT SIDE IS CRITICAL FOR OUR
AGENCY. I’M LOOKING FOR INSIGHTS ON HOW
THAT APPLICATION IS BEING DONE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR,
UNDERSTANDING — I PUT IN HERE NORTH STAR.
WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A REALTIME CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE BASED ON
PASSIVE DATA COLLECTION SO WHEN FOLKS COME AND FILE THEY CAN
IMMEDIATELY SORT OF SHOUT TO THE WORLD, I HAVE A PROBLEM AND
IMMEDIATELY GET AN ANSWER. BECAUSE ONE OF THE FEEDS THAT
WE’RE GETTING ON THE DEVELOPER HUB, ON THE COMMUNITY SECTION, IS AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF
PEOPLE, I WANT DO THIS, I CAN’T GET THAT.
WE’RE NOT AT A POINT TO UNDERSTAND WHEN WE’RE GIVING
LEGAL ADVICE AND JUST HELP, RIGHT?
THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGURE
OUT. WE CAN’T POST ANY OF THAT
INFORMATION BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE AN ANSWER TO IT.
BUT WE HAVE A PENT-UP DEMAND AND
WORKING ON COST EFFECTIVE. >>TWITTER OR E-MAIL?
>>TWITTER, FACEBOOK, ANYWHERE. THEY POST ALL OVER THE PLACE
>>HEY, I’M UPSET, I DID SOMETHING, YOU CAN’T —
>>UH-HUH. WE HAVE CALL CENTERS.
WE’RE NOTICING THAT THERE’S A LARGE BOUNCE RATE FROM OUR
WEBSITE TO CALL CENTERS. AND THAT’S ONE OF OUR DATA
ASSETS IN TERMS OF WHAT WE’LL DO WITH THE PROJECT BUT THE
REALITY WE NEED TO GET TO A WORLD WHERE SOMEONE SHOULD BE
ABLE TO EXPRESS THEIR PROBLEM AND WE ADDRESS IT.
WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE I DON’T KNOW.
I THOUGHT I WOULD CLOSE WITH SORT OF, YOU KNOW, ANOTHER SORT
OF NORTH STAR CONCEPT. I WANTED TO, AS IAN POINTED OUT,
SHOW YOU WHAT WE DELIVERED ON IN EIGHT MONTHS FOR A NOMINAL VALUE,
WE’RE PROUD OF THE SITE, IT’S A GREAT INTERACTIVE SITE.
EVANGELIZE, SPREAD THE WORD, BUT ALSO COMMENT AND LET US KNOW. SO, YOU KNOW, ANYTHING — STILL
LOOKING FOR QUESTIONS. >> KIM?
>>SO JUST THE LAST POINT ON CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE, IS A LOT OF
WORK BEING DONE VIRTUAL AGENT SORT OF CONSTRUCT WHICH
BASICALLY MARRIES YOUR CONTENT MANAGEMENT DATABASES THAT A
HUMAN WOULD BE REFERRING TO AND TRYING TO ANSWER A CUSTOMER
PROBLEMS AND AUTOMATE THAT PROCESS, SO
THAT’S WORKING PRETTY EFFECTIVELY.
THE THING WE’RE WORKING ON NEXT IS TO TAKE THE NUANCE OF HUMAN
INTERACTION AND TRACK THAT SO THE CONTENT MANAGEMENT DATABASE
CAN ANSWER ACTUALLY FAIRLY SIMPLE HOW DO I — BUT WHEN AN
AGENT, WHEN A HUMAN READS THAT THEN THEY WOULD SAY THAT ISN’T
GOING TO SOLVE THIS PERSON’S PROBLEM, I NEED TO DO SOMETHING
ELSE, I NEED TO ESCALATE IT, I NEED TO ASK THEM MORE
QUESTIONS, I NEED TO DO SOMETHING.
SO WHAT WE’RE NOW TRACKING IS THE HUMAN INTERACTION TO BE THAT
CONTENT MANAGEMENT DATABASE AND UPGRADING ALGORITHM, A
TRAINING AND LEARNING VEHICLE FOR THE MACHINE LEARNING
ALGORITHM TO THEN AUTOMATE IT. FROM A CUSTOMER INTERACTION
POINT OF VIEW, HAVING THE MACHINE GET SMARTER ALL THE
TIME, IT MAKES IT MUCH RICHER CONTACT SO
THEREFORE MUCH BETTER ANSWERS WITH THE CUSTOMERS.
THAT’S WHAT I SEE THAT GOING. >> OKAY.
THAT’S GREAT. THAT WILL ACTUALLY SEGUES INTO
ONE OF THE OTHER SUBQUESTIONS, SORT OF HOW CAN WE CONSTRUCT
WAYS TO HAVE IBM FELLOWS OR WHOEVER, FELLOWS COME TO OUR
AGENCY, AND BASICALLY SORT OF SHOW US HOW WE CAN DO THIS
BECAUSE FOR US WE ALL KNOW THE PROCUREMENT CYCLE, WE UNDERSTAND
HOW EVERY OTHER PROCESS WORKS, BUT TO SORT OF GIVE US INSIGHT
AS TO HOW WE CAN ACHIEVE THIS, AND THAT SORT OF GOES TO THIS
EARLIER CONVERSATION ABOUT TALENT AND FEDERATED, SO THE
AGGREGATING PROBLEMS THAT AGENCIES ARE TRYING TO SOLVE AND
MAYBE THEY ARE INTO SORT OF, YOU KNOW, FOR LACK OF BETTER
TERMS, PEOPLE WANT TO COME IN AND HELP US.
>>SO I WOULDN’T USE THE TERM ” FELLOW” BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT
USES THAT TERM DIFFERENTLY THAN TECHNICAL COMPANIES DO.
>>OKAY. >> AND I WOULD SAY I DON’T
THINK THAT’S FELLOW WORK. SO IT’S THE RIGHT TECHNICAL
SKILLS IS WHAT YOU’RE AFTER. >>YEAH.
>>WE DON’T TALK PAST ONE ANOTHER.
>>SURE, THANK YOU. >>AND KAREN.
>>MINE IS I WANTED TO COME IN FIRST TOO BECAUSE I WANTED TO —
I WASN’T THINKING OF THE WHOLE OVERARCHING PRESENTATION JUST
NOW. I WANTED TO RESPOND TO THE LAST
PART SINCE IT’S FRESH IN OUR MINDS.
>>SURE. >>THE FEASIBILITY THING IS
IMPORTANT. YOU MENTIONED YOUR SCRAPPY TEAM
WORKING ON THAT STUFF. DO YOU HAVE RESOURCES, SOUNDED
LIKE MAYBE YOU DIDN’T, TO DO THIS KIND OF WORK TO ANALYZE
WHAT PEOPLE ARE REALLY MISSING AND
WOULD THAT TEAM — DOES THAT TEAM EVEN EXIST OR IS IT PART OF
YOUR LITTLE SCRAPPY TEAM? >>IT’S PART OF THE SCRAPPY
TEAM. I STOOD UP LIKE THE DIGITAL
SERVICE IN THE PORTFOLIO, WE’RE WORKING ON A SHORT, YOU KNOW,
COUPLE-YEAR FUNDING CYCLE FOR THIS PROGRAM, AND, YOU KNOW,
WE’RE FORCED TO REALLY HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK EACH AND EVERY
TIME BECAUSE WE HAVE TO PROVE PROVE — TO PROVE PROOF OF CONCEPT. WE WANT MORE.
THE MODEL WE’RE USING IS FUNDING ENOUGH TOLL BUILD THE DATA
LAKE, AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO EACH BUSINESS UNIT SAYING WE’RE
GOING TO BUILD YOU YOUR OWN BIG DATA LAB, AND YOU DEFINE
WHAT THAT IS, AND OF COURSE WE’VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT THE
FUNDING MODEL TO MAKE SURE WE’RE BUILDING A LAKE AND
PROVIDING A SERVICE. SO WE’RE NECK DEEP IN THAT.
WE’RE ACTUALLY PUSHING FOR AN IDEA, BEHAVING LIKE A BUSINESS. I’M JUST GOING TO LOOK AT IT
LIKE YOU WANT TO COME BUILD TO ON THE SUBDIVISION, IT’S GOING
TO COST THIS MUCH FOR THE LAND AND RENTAL.
IT’S AMAZON-BASED. THERE’S NO OTHER WAY TO SORT OF
APPROACH IT THAN THAT. BUT, YES, YOUR POINT IS WELL
TAKEN. WE NEED — WE’RE GETTING
RESOURCES, BUT I THINK WE REALLY NEED THOSE THAT KNOW THE
TALENT SIDE. >>IT STRIKES ME THAT USER
EXPERIENCE HAS COME UP ACROSS LOTS OF DIFFERENT PLACES, THAT
MIGHT BE A GOOD THING THAT THE DATA SERVICE CENTER CAN BE
HELPING TO SUPPLY. >>YEAH.
THE CURRENT WORK WITH CDS IS TERRIFIC.
WE’RE MOVING THE BALL ON THAT. THAT’S BEEN WONDERFUL.
IT’S PART OF US, WELL, WE’RE GOING TO KEEP THIS, RIGHT?
IT’S NERVE RACKING WHEN YOU FRAME OUT A HOUSE, I’M NOT SURE
IF THE SAME PEOPLE ARE COMING TO WORK THE NEXT DAY.
FOR US IT’S — >>THEY WILL CONTINUE BUT THIS
IS AN INTERESTING SIDE THING, MY CUSTOMER, RIGHT, HE’S NERVOUS,
THE COMMENTS WERE BROUGHT UP EARLIER.
I THINK JACK IS NEXT. >>HOW MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR SCRAPPY TEAM?
>>SO I AM AN ACTING PORTFOLIO MANAGER, NO ONE ACTUALLY REPORTS
TO ME. BUT I’VE GOT VARYING PROJECTS,
IF I WERE TO TOTAL EVERY CONTRACTOR AND EVERY PERSON
THAT’S PARTICIPATED IN SUPPORT OR ANY OTHER NOTION, IT’S
ROUGHLY 30, 40. , YOU KNOW, THAT COULD BE A
TESTING PERSON AND THAT’S ALL THEY DID.
SOME OF THEM, MOSTLY THE MOST EFFECTIVE ONES ARE ON DETAIL TO
ME. I’M BORROWING.
>>HOW MANY ARE CONTRACTORS? >>VERY FEW.
WE’RE USING OUR CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICE, TERRIFIC TEAM.
THEY ARE REALLY LOOKING AT INCUBATING THE TECHNOLOGY SO
THERE’S STAFF THAT EXISTS THERE THAT WE’RE LEVERAGING, WHICH,
YOU KNOW, ISN’T COSTING ME NECESSARILY MONEY.
MY PROBLEM WILL BE SCALING. >>HOW MANY FROM —
>>CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICE, PROBABLY ABOUT A DOZEN DOING THE INDEXING, EPL LOADING.
IT’S TIMING. >>IT’S SMALL, AGILE, BRINGS IN
OTHER CONTRACTORS OR PARTICIPANTS, NOT MUCH BUDGET,
BUT HE’S AN ENTREPRENEUR GETTING WORK DONE PROJECT BY PROJECT. ACTUALLY THIS IS ONE BIG
PROJECT. >>YEP.
>>AND WHEN THE PROJECT IS DONE, IT WILL MOVE INTO OPERATION.
IS THAT YOUR VISION? >>YEAH, WE’RE FIGHTING IN SOME
OF THIS CONTEXT, THE STAGING VERSUS SDL LOCKDOWN, RIGHT?
THERE’S A LOT OF WORK IN THE FEDERAL SPACE, EVERYBODY POINTED
TOWARDS IT NEEDS TO BE IN PRODUCTION AND LOCKED.
A LOT OF BIG DATA WORK WE GAIN NEW INSIGHTS AND WE WANT TO DO
MORE THINGS SO IT NEEDS TO STAY IN STAGING.
WE HAVE A CONSTANT TENSION ON THAT ISSUE BUT OUR CIO JOHN
OWENS THAT BE EMBRACING THIS, DEPUTY CIO TONY CHILDS, THEY ARE
GIVING US THE ROOM TO OPERATE, RIGHT?
BUT IT IS BEGGING THE LARGER QUESTION, FedRAMP,
UNDERSTANDING SDLC, THOSE ARE THE BIG HURDLES FOR US WAUGH U.
BECAUSE WE HAVE PRIVATE DATA AND THAT’S CONSTRAINING OUR
ABILITY TO EXECUTE. >>I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS,
YOU SHARED IT LAST SUMMER, IT’S REALLY GREAT.
>>THANK YOU. IT WAS A GREAT TEAM.
>> I WANT TO ADD TO THIS POINT, JACK, I THINK YOUR POINT ABOUT
LABS IS CRITICAL. ONE OF THE REASONS IT’S CRITICAL
IS IT HELPS INSTITUTIONALIZE THE ABILITY TO FAIL, AND IF YOU
CALL THINGS PROJECTS, THEY HAVE VISIBILITY, EVERY PROJECT
WANTS TO SUCCEED. YOU CALL SOMETHING A LAB AND
THINGS ARE GOING ON IN THE LAB, SOME THINGS COULD FAIL, SOME
THINGS CAN SUCCEED. I WANT TO ASK WHETHER THAT
HAPPENS IN YOUR LAB. >>ABSOLUTELY.
THOSE THAT KNOW ME THAT WORK WITH ME, CAN ATTEST TO THE FACT
THAT YOU KNOW I SPEND MOST OF MY TIME SORT OF CLEARING THE
SNOW AND PROTECTING THE SNOW GLOBE FOR THEM TO OPERATE IN.
ALL THE POLITICAL AND CONTRACTUAL AND FUNDING, ALL
THOSE ISSUES THAT EXIST I REALLY TRY TO INDIANAPOLIS LATE THEM
BECAUSE I WANT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SMARTEST AT WHAT THEY
ALREADY DO AT THE TABLE. SO A LOT OF THESE MEETINGS ARE
SET UP, I DON’T CARE WHAT GS LEVEL YOU ARE OR EXECUTIVE
LEVEL, EVERYBODY HAS A SEAT AT THE TABLE.
EVERYBODY HAS AN EQUAL VOICE. IT’S A MUCH DIFFERENT APPROACH
THAN FORMALIZED MEETINGS WITH AGENDA AND DICTATORIAL PROCESS,
AND I SORT OF BRING MY PERSONALITY, TO BRING LEVITY IN
THE ROOM, START ENGAGING, JOKING AND MOVING ON, GETTING
SERIOUS AND JOKING. I THINK THERE’S BEEN A COUPLE
ARTICLES WHERE THEY HAVE USED DATA SCIENCE TO FIGURE OUT THE
BEST TEAM, AN ARTICLE THAT CAME OUT TWO MONTHS AGO ON HOW TO
CONSTRUCT THE BEST TEAM AND ONE OF THE OUTPUTS WAS LET THEM
HAVE A COUPLE MINUTES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING TO BE
THEMSELVES, AND ALWAYS HAVE THEIR BACK AND NEVER PUNISH THEM
FOR FAILING. THAT’S HOW — IT IMPOSE WRONG.
— IT GOES WRONG. I TAKE THE HEAT FOR WHEN THINGS
THAT DON’T GO RIGHT BECAUSE I HAVE TO EXPLAIN IT TO SOMEBODY
ELSE. I LET THEM FAIL.
>> YOU’RE USING A COUPLE PLATFORMS, AMAZON PLATFORM,
TABLEAU, DO YOU HAVE OTHER PLATFORMS, COSTS, TOOLS?
>>WE’RE HOPING TO GET SAS, ON THE BIG DATA SIDE WE’RE USING
PYTHON, ALL THE TYPICAL STUFF. AND THEN FOR THE SITE WE WERE
USING DRIBBLE 7, WE LIKE I SAID — ONE OF THE ASPECTS OF DATA
SCIENCE SIDE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BUILDING YOU A LAB, WE KIND OF
NEED TO SHOW UP. HERE IS A COUPLE TOOLS THAT CAN
TELL YOU WHAT WE WANT. MOST OF THESE BUSINESS UNITS,
MUCH LIKE MANY AGENCIES, DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT IT MEANS.
THE WORD BIG DATA, THE TERM IS SO WILDLY MISUSED.
AND YOU’RE STUCK EXPLAINING IT AND VALIDATING IT AND GETTING A
BELIEVER ALL AT THE SAME TIME. KIND OF SHOW UP A COUPLE
SAMPLES, THESE ARE SAMPLE PROGRAMS, THIS IS HOW MUCH IT’S
GOING TO COST, IT’S GOING ON THE CLOUD, AND WHAT I DO SEE IN
THE VISION LONG TERM IS WE START PULLING AWAY FROM SORT OF
THE CURRENT MODEL OF A LOT OF IN-HOUSE AND INSIDE THE WALLS,
BUT LIKE I SAID FOR OUR — A STRUGGLE FOR OUR CIO,
UNDERSTANDING THAT HEADQUARTERS WHICH HAS TO BE SECURE IN
PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL, WHEN WE MOVE TO THE CLOUD A LOT OF FOLKS
FORGET WHAT THAT MEANS ON HIM, ON HIS RISK MANAGEMENT SCALE,
EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. IT’S D.C. TO CALIFORNIA, IF IT’S
THAT WAY. EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.
IT’S NOT THE TWO SEPARATE ITEMS. PEOPLE.
THEY ARE LABS WITH TOOLS AND DATA AND PEOPLE AND THOSE TOOLS
ARE STANDARD TOOLS, SO SHORT CIRCUIT HAVING TO DEVELOP
EVERYTHING FROM SCRATCH. THAT THE PART OF THE MAGIC HERE. NOW WE’RE OPEN SOURCING.
OUR JOB IS TO BUILD THESE NEW — NO, HOW CAN I BUILD ON
PLATFORMS THAT WORK ALREADY? >>YEP.
>>RIGHT. THERE’S A SPECTRUM THERE,
DEFERENCE TO PREVIOUS PRESENTATION IN COLORADO, STEVE
COOPER PRESENTED, THE ISSUE OF AUTHORIZING TOOLS IS A GIANT
ASPECT OF INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IS VERY I THINK POORLY UNDERSTOOD
EVEN WITHIN GOVERNMENT, LET ALONE OUTSIDE.
I WANT TO ELEVATE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TOM WAS ABLE TO
COLLABORATE WITH JOHN, THE PTO, TO BE ABLE TO DEPLOY SOMETHING
LIKE THIS AND HOW BIG A DEAL THAT IS.
I WILL SAY AS A LARGER GENERAL CONSTRAINT ON OUR ABILITY TO
SCALE INTO THE TOOL CONCEPT EVEN WITHIN COMMERCE BEFORE THIS GROUP STARTED TO REALLY
BRING TOGETHER SHARING TOOLS AND PLATFORMS TO BRING THEM
THERE WAS A LOT OF DISAGREEMENT, WHO IS ALLOWS TO
USE WHAT. WHEN I FIRST CAME AS EMPLOYEE GITHUB WAS BLOCKED,
THERE WAS A LOT OF — HOLD ON, THE CLASSIC QUESTIONS OF
ANYWHERE IN GOVERNMENT, LARGE COMPANIES TOO, DIFFERENT
BUREAUS BUYING FROM THE SAME VENDOR PAYING DIFFERENT PRICES,
IT’S IN THE PUBLIC RECORD, IN LARGE PART OUR PURPOSE IS
ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS HOW DO WE GET TO CORE ISSUES, HOW DID
IT GET TO THAT POINT, MANY YEARS LED TO THAT CHAOS.
IS THIS HELPING PEOPLE? HOW DID YOU DO IT?
AWS, WHAT DOES THAT STAND FOR? THAT’S COOL, I’LL USE ILL.
ON SOME LEVEL THAT’S A CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION MORE THAN JUST A
TOOL ENABLING. >>GETTING BACK TO
INSTITUTIONALIZATION, WHO CONTROLS THOSE TOOLS AND THOSE
LABS? SUPPOSEDLY WE’VE GOT A METAPHOR OF LABS.
THE WHOLE GFA, THE SMART INITIATIVES, THE NEW GENERATION.
>>PROCUREMENT, YEAH. >>IN YOU WOULD WORK WITH THEM
TO PACKAGE THE PACKAGING. OKAY, I WANT A LAB, TABLEAU AND AMAZON, ABC
COMPONENTS, I LAUNCH RIGHT AWAY.
IT COULD BE A WAY TO DIRECT THIS INSTEAD OF EVERY TIME YOU
START A LAB, I START ALL OVER.
>> ALLISON HAD A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE, TRYING TO SEE WHAT
WE DON’T HAVE HERE. >>PROBABLY NOT MOVING FASTER,
THREE YEARS OF LAB TIME TRYING TO BUY TOOLS, YOU STARTED.
>>RIGHT. >>I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING YOU
CAN FEED BACK TO THE ADMINISTRATION.
>>THERE ARE SOME (INAUDIBLE) COMING UP (INAUDIBLE) INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOOLS
HAS BEEN APPROVED IN GOVERNMENT, AS WELL AS —
(INAUDIBLE) — I WON’T SAY PROBLEM, I’LL SAY
A CHALLENGE THAT EVERY BUREAU IN THE DEPARTMENT HAS A CIO, UP
UNTIL NOW IT’S BEEN ENTIRELY MAKING THEIR OWN CALLS.
>>I’M THINKING ABOUT LABS THAT SCALE, MEANING THAT WE TAKE
THINGS TO SCALE, WE SAY WHAT YOU’RE DOING HERE IS MORE THAN
JUST A COTTAGE CRAFT, YOU KNOW, ADMINISTRATION TO ADMINISTRATION CHANGE, HOW DO
WE ROLL AND MAKE IT GO, AND YOU’VE GOT A SHORT AMOUNT OF
TIME. I’M SIMPLY SAYING ONE AREA TO
TALK ABOUT IS TALK — >>YEAH, YEAH, I WANTED TO GO TO
JOY. LOOKING AT THE CALENDAR,
POLICING OURSELVES, WE HAVE THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AT 11:45,
THAT HAS TO HAPPEN FOR MANY REASONS.
ONE MORE PRESENTER TO PROVIDE AMPLE AND APPROPRIATE TIME
BEFORE THAT. MAYBE ONE OR TWO MORE COMMENTS
FOR THOSE THAT HAVE SIGNS UP AND THEN I DON’T KNOW IF WE WANT
TO SKIP THE BREAK AND GO STRAIGHT TO THE NEXT
PRESENTATION, I’LL PUT THAT CALL OUT NOWMENT .
PLEASE, JOY. >>ON THIS PROBLEM WITH
AUTHORITY TO OPERATE, IT’S A PROBLEM, LET’S BE HONEST, THE
NATIONAL LABS HAVE FIGURED OUT A POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR
ADDRESSING THIS AND I DIRECTLY DEALT WITH IT, HAPPY TO TALK
OFFLINE BUT THE CONCEPT OF ENCLAVES OR SYSTEM AND
COMMUNITY COMING INTO THAT INHERIT AUTHORITY TO OPERATE
TAKES IT INTO THE EXISTING RISK ENVELOPE, THERE’S A WAY TO
ARCHITECT FROM A POLICY AND PROCESS IN A GOVERNMENT
PERSPECTIVE WHERE YOU’RE NOT APPROVING THE INDIVIDUAL WASTE
OF EVERYONE’S TIME, IT’S STUPID. NEED TO BE WRITTEN.
THIS FLEXIBILITY IS IN THERE, IN THE GUIDANCE AND CONTROL
CATALOG. I’VE JUST NOT SEEN AGENCIES
LEVERAGE THAT RISK-BASED APPROACH AND IF YOU CALL OUT, WE
ACCEPT THIS RISK ENVELOPE, THESE KINDS OF SYSTEMS, WE’LL
ALLOW NO MATTER WHAT, YOU CAN DO THAT.
THAT FLEXIBILITY IS THERE. YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING AND HAVE
A SERIOUS CONVERSATION WITH YOUR CIO AND SISO TO EDUCATE
ABOUT THE OTHER DEMANDS UNDER FSMA, SO IT’S SO DOABLE, AND IF
YOU PUT IT IN THIS LAB FRAMING AND YOU ISOLATE SYSTEMS OFF
FROM THE REST, THERE’S SO MANY WAYS TO DO THAT, I THINK THIS
COULD BE TOTALLY DOABLE. >>YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.
FINAL COMMENTS.
>> JUST QUICK COMMENT ON YOUR USE OF TABLEAU, WE TALKED A LOT
ABOUT HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU GET PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT THE DATA
AND START USING IT. YOU SHOWED TABLEAU.
IT’S A GREAT TOOL. BUT WHAT TABLEAU WILL ALLOW YOU
TO DO IS PUT IT OUT THERE AND MAKE IT USABLE FOR PEOPLE.
I WENT TO PUBLIC SERVERS, I WENT TO TABLEAU PUBLIC SERVERS, AND
FOUND YOU HAVE A LOT MORE, DOWNLOAD SOME OF THEM.
I WANT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT TOP
CONCEPT, SEE HOW THE SECOND AND THIRD IN THE REGION CHANGES IN
THE LAST TEN YEARS. I DID IT IN THE LAST TEN MINUTES
SITTING HERE. BY PUTTING THAT ON THE TOOL LIKE
TABLEAU INSTEAD OF CREATING YOUR WORK SITES OR GIVING ME
2.7 TERRA BY — TERRABITE FILES, I WOULD
NOT DO IT HERE NOW. PUTTING THAT ON TOOL WHICH IS
WIDELY USED, IT’S NOT OPEN SOURCE BUT IT IS WIDELY USED
TOOL, MAKE IT AVAILABLE AND SAYING, GUYS, RIGHT HERE CLICK,
DOWNLOAD IN THE FORMAT YOU WANT, ANY WAY YOU WANT IT.
OH, YOU WANT MORE? YOU CAN GET MORE.
IT’S A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE FOR NOT ONLY THIS BUT FOR EVERYBODY
ELSE HOW TO GET PEOPLE INVOLVED BECAUSE YOU SHOW SOMETHING
COOL AND PEOPLE HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, OKAY, GO PLAY.
>> TABLEAU? >>YEAH, YEAH.
>> I THINK TABLEAU IS A GREAT TOOL BUT I’M NOT GOING TO SIT
HERE AND SELL TABLEAU. IT’S A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW IT
CAN BE USED. THERE ARE OTHER TOOLS, BUT
TABLEAU IS GREAT. >>IT’S A GREAT POINT.
IT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO CAPTURE WITH THAT.
CHRIS, LAST TIME WE WERE OUT THERE YOU ASKED ABOUT HAVING
MORE DASHBOARDS IN THE USPTO IN GENERAL.
WE TOOK OUR PATENT STEPS, SCRAPED THEM AND TURNED THEM
INTO VISUALIZATION, WE WANTED TO PIVOT AWAY FROM THE
CONVERSATION IT’S STATIC. I WANT TO PLAY WITH THE DATA.
THERE’S A COUPLE I MADE, ONE WAS ALLOWANCE RATES BY TECHNOLOGY,
HAVING YOU IN MIND, I THINK ONE OF THE FOLKS BACK AT THE
OFFICE TOLD ME IT WAS THE MOST WIDELY CLICKED ON ONE OF ALL OF THEM. >>JUST FROM MY PAST SEARCH.
>> I WANT TO TOUCH BACK ON THAT.
>>IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU TAKE THE NEXT STEP AND MOVE YOUR SEARCH FROM 1990 TO 2016.
>>YES. WE’RE WORKING ON THAT.
THOSE TWO PEOPLE DOWN — THE CANARIES IN THE COAL MINE ARE
WORKING ON IT RIGHT NOW. >>PLEASE.
>> SO TODAY ALMOST EVERY INSTITUTION AS AN I.T.
DEPARTMENT, IN TEN OR TWENTY YEARS THEY WILL HAVE A DATA
SCIENCE DEPARTMENT. IN THE I.T. DEPARTMENTS, YOU CAN
SEE THE LAP TOP, THE SERVER, I THINK THE DISCUSSION WE HAD ON
HOW TO KIND OF MAKE IT SELLABLE AS A PACKAGE IS REALLY
IMPORTANT. DO WE HAVE A SHOPPING CART
DEVELOPED? FOR CHRISTMAS.
>>SHOPPING CART. MAYBE I’LL TAKE THIS AS AN
ACTION ITEM. THERE’S A LOT BEEN DONE.
THE DATA SERVICE, JUST ABOUT ANYTHING, SO MUCH HAS BEEN DONE
ON THESE LAST THREE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING
INFRASTRUCTURE, INFRASTRUCTURE IS A SERVICE IN A WAY,
PACKAGING, STREAMLINING, THE NEXT MEETING, WE WANT TO SHARE
THAT AS ONE OF THE BIG UNEXPECTED WINS OF THE DATA
INITIATIVE, FINDING WAYS TO ACCOMPLISH A LOT OF WHAT YOU’RE
SAYING, I’M NOT PREPARED RIGHT NOW TO GIVE ALL THE DETAILS
BECAUSE FRANKLY WE’RE AT A NEW EXPERIMENT RIGHT NOW IN THE NEXT
30 DAYS, EXPECTING BIG WINS FOR THE DEPARTMENT BUT IT’S —
I’M NOT GOING TO GET TOO EXCITED, I’LL RETURN TO THAT AT
THE NEXT MEETING IF THAT’S OKAY.
TOM, ANY LAST WORDS? >>NO, I TAKE ANY FURTHER INPUT. THANK YOU FOR NOT ONLY
VALIDATING, EVANGELIZING THE WORK WE’RE DOING AND I
APPRECIATE THE TEAM BACK HOME THAT ARE WATCHING.
THEY ARE QUITE EXCITED ABOUT THIS.
AND WORKING WITH YOU GUYS WITH COMMERCE DATA SERVICES HAS
BEEN EXCELLENT. >>OKAY.
TOM, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> NGS THAT, TOM.
[APPLAUSE] WE’RE GOING TO INTRODUCE THE
NEXT EXPERT AND PUBLIC SERVANT. TO PULL UP YOUR BIO.
I’M GOING TO SAY BOB HANISCH IS SPONSOR OF DATA AND I.T. MODERNIZATION
PROGRAM IN NIST. YOU CAN SAY A LOT ABOUT THE BOSS
BY THE FOLKS THAT CHOOSE TO WORK IN THAT GROUP.
EVERYONE ON BOB’S TEAM ARE SOME OF THE BEST COMMITTED
PASSIONATE PUBLIC SERVANTS, FANTASTIC LEADERS AND
ENTREPRENEURS. WHO IS BRINGING THIS TEAM
TOGETHER? YOU MEET BOB AND IT MAKES SENSE. THAT’S MY IMPROVISED INTRO.
I APPRECIATE YOU COMING FROM D. C. TO SHARE YOUR PRESENTATION.
>>A WORD ABOUT THE SCHEDULE. WE’RE GOING TO GO, BOB, YOU’RE
GOING TO DO YOUR TALK AND WE’LL TALK ABOUT YOUR STUFF.
AT 11:45 BY LAW SINCE WE ANNOUNCED IT WE HAVE TO OPEN FOR
PUBLIC COMMENT. WE ALLOTTED 30 MINUTES.
WE NEVER USE 30 MINUTES BECAUSE WE SEGUE INTO OUR CONVERSATION. WE’LL OPEN AT 11:45, WE’LL
ADDRESS OPEN COMMENTS, KEEP IT OPEN IF WE’LL WANT TO TALK IN
THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND YOU’RE WELCOME TO TWITTER US IF YOU’RE
WATCHING ONLINE BUT WE’LL COME BACK TO YOUR DISCUSSION IF THERE ARE CONTINUED
COMMENTS. WE’LL GET LUNCH AND HAVE A
WORKING LUNCH, HAVE OUR WRAP-UP DISCUSSION.
BOB, TAKE IT AWAY. >> CAN THANKS VERY MUCH FOR
INVITING ME. I’M PLEASED TO BE HERE TO TELL
YOU ABOUT THE RESEARCH DATA ALLIANCE.
ASIDE FROM HEATHER, ARE THERE ANY HERE THAT KNOWS ABOUT RDA?
GREAT. LET ME SAY ANOTHER WORD ABOUT
MYSELF, WHY I’M HERE. I SPENT OVER 30 YEARS WORKING IN
IT’S ASTRONOMY COMMUNITY. BEFORE COMING TO NIST UNDER TWO
YEARS AGO I WAS AT THE SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE AT
JOHNS HOPKINS IN BALTIMORE, AND IN THAT ROLE I WAS DIRECTOR OF
A PROJECT CALLED THE VIRTUAL ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY, VAO
ALLOWED US TO CREATE A FEDERATED DATA SYSTEM FROM ASTRONOMY,
FROM ONE WEB PORTAL YOU COULD DISCOVER DATA FROM AROUND THE
WORLD FROM GROUND-BASE AND SPACED-BASED TELESCOPES.
I CAME ACROSS THIS POSITION OPENING AT NIST, AND I THOUGHT
I’D LIKE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE WE DID IN ASTRONOMY BUT IN SOME
OTHER AREAS OF RESEARCH. SO I JOINED NIST, THIS OFFICE OF
DATA AND INFORMATICS, MATERIALS MEASUREMENT
LABORATORY TO TRY TO BRING IN THE KINDS OF DATA MANAGEMENT
PRACTICES AND DATA DISSEMINATION PRACTICES
ESTABLISHED IN ASTRONOMY, LESS SO IN OTHER AREAS.
WHY AM I HERE? I WANT TO SHARE INFORMATION
ABOUT RESEARCH DATA ALLIANCE, IN PARTICULAR BY EVEN THE NAME OF
THE RESEARCH DATA ALLIANCE, PUTS THE FOCUS ON RESEARCH
DATA, IT’S VERY BROAD, IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT PHYSICS OR
CHEMISTRY, IT’S ACTUALLY EVERY AREA OF RESEARCH LINGUISTICS, ANTHROPOLOGY, YOU
NAME IT. THE PRIVATE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS
NOT BEEN INVOLVED IN RDA, MAYBE THE R IS AN IMPEDIMENT.
I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF VALUE IN WHAT RDA IS DOING.
I’D LIKE TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION AND I’D LIKE TO GET
HELP TO IDENTIFY AREAS WHERE RDA COULD DO MORE TO WORK WITH THE
PRIVATE SECTOR. I WANT TO SAY WHY IS NIST
INVOLVED IN THIS? WELL, THIS IS NIST’S MISSION
STATEMENT ABOUT PROMOTING U.S. INNOVATION AND INDUSTRIAL
COMPETITIVENESS, AND I THINK THIS IS REALLY JUST BREAD AND
BUTTER FOR THE KINDS OF THINGS WE’RE DOING AT NIST.
IT’S FULLY WITHIN SCOPE, AND GIVEN MY CONTROL IN IMPLEMENTING
OPEN DATA POLICIES AND PROVING DATA DISSEMINATION FROM NIST,
THE RDA FITS NATURALLY INTO THAT SCOPE.
SO RDA IS AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON
INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND DATA ACCESS, DATA SHARING, DATE A
INTEROPERABILITY. THERE ARE NOW 4,000 INDIVIDUAL
MEMBERS OF RDA, THIS ORGANIZATION ONLY STARTED THREE
YEARS AGO. SO THE GROWTH RATE HAS BEEN, IF
YOU WILL, ASTRONOMICAL. IT’S COVERING BASICALLY ALL
AREAS OF RESEARCH, NOT JUST ACADEMIA, LIBRARY OF SCIENCES
AND SO FORTH BUT REALLY VERY BROADLY BASED.
AND IT’S ABOUT BUILDING THIS NOT ONLY TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
TO FACILITATE DATA SHARING AND INTEROPERABILITY
IT’S ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE AROUND ACCESS AND USE OF DATA.
IT’S REALLY VERY BROADLY BASED. OF BIANNUAL PLENARY MEETINGS.
BI OR SEMI? TWICE A YEAR.
AND IT’S SET UP IN A SERIES OF INTEREST GROUPS AND WORKING
GROUPS TO EXPLORE INDIVIDUAL TOPICS.
I’LL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT IN A MOMENT.
SO ALL AREAS OF DATA ACCESS, DATA SCIENCE, ARE ADDRESSED IN
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE RDA.
ANYBODY CAN JOIN. IT’S OPEN.
IT’S FREE. THERE ARE SOME PRINCIPLES THAT
PEOPLE AGREE TO WHEN THEY JOIN RDA ABOUT OPENNESS, ABOUT
WORKING BY CONSENSUS, BEING COMMUNITY DRIVEN, NON-PROFIT AND
TECHNOLOGY NEUTRAL. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO THE
RD ALLIANCE WEBSITE, FIND THE REGISTRATION PAGE AND YOU CAN JOIN.
NOW APPROACHING 4,000 MEMBERS FROM 110 COUNTRIES.
MOST OF THE PARTICIPANTS ARE FROM THE TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC
COMMUNITY. AND THAT’S AGAIN A REASON I
WANTED TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY WHEN YOU LOOK AT LARGE
ENTERPRISE AND SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE, LESS THAN 10% OF
MEMBERSHIP COMING FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
A LOT OF THAT PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IS ACTUALLY FROM
ORGANIZATIONS LIKE SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS, SO I THINK WE
REALLY WOULD LIKE TO BROADEN OUR REACH.
HERE IS THE RACE CAR VIEW OF ALL OF THE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS
THAT ARE INVOLVED. THE MAJOR FUNDERS OR DRIVERS
BEHIND THIS ARE AN ORGANIZATION CALLED RDA EUROPE, FUNDED BY
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DATA
SERVICE, AND RDA U.S., WHICH IS FUNDED BY PRIMARILY BY THE
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, BUT THEN MANY, MANY OTHER
CORPORATE MEMBERS, CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS, AND OF COURSE I HAVE
TO POINT OUT SPARK AND HEATHER, SPARK IS ALSO A MEMBER
ORGANIZATION. THE WORK IS REALLY DONE IN
INTEREST GROUPS AND WORKING GROUPS.
AND INTEREST GROUPS ARE GROUPS THAT COME TOGETHER THAT ARE LONG
LIVED AND BASICALLY A FORUM FOR DISCUSSION.
WORKING GROUPS WITH SPUN OFF BY INTEREST GROUPS WITH SPECIFIC
TASK AND LIMITED DURATION OF 12-18 MONTHS.
SO THEY ARE EXPECTED TO GO OFF AND ACTUALLY CREATE SOMETHING,
DELIVER SOMETHING BACK, IT COULD BE A DOCUMENT, RECOMMENDATION,
BEST PRACTICES, BUT IT’S REALLY — THE WORKING GROUPS ARE
TO DO A JOB, GET IN, GET OUT AND MOVE ON.
THESE ARE ORGANIZED BY RESEARCH DOMAINS, SUCH AS AGRICULTURE,
BIODIVERSITY, CHEMISTRY, MATERIAL SCIENCE AND SO FORTH,
AROUND INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS METADATA A, DATA CITATION, SECURITY,
DATA PRIVACY ETHICS, LEGAL AND EDUCATION AND TRAINING.
A TOTAL OF 73 INTEREST GROUPS AND WORKING GROUPS.
THEY PRODUCE RECOMMENDATIONS OR OUTPUTS, THESE ARE SOME OF THE
THINGS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN DONE IN TERMS OF COMMON
FOUNDATION OF TERMINOLOGY, SO THAT WE’RE ALL TALKING ABOUT THE
SAME THINGS. PERSISTENT IDENTIFIERS, DATA
TYPE REGISTRIES, PRACTICAL POLICY, AND SO ON.
WHEAT IS A BIG ONE. AND RDA ENDS UP BEING A PLATFORM
FOR COMMUNITIES TO COME TOGETHER THAT DON’T ACTUALLY
HAVE ANOTHER MECHANISM. THEY DON’T HAVE A SINGLE
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY OR SOME OTHER WAY IN WHICH THEY WOULD
COMMUNICATE. RDA IS ACTUALLY PROVIDING
LEVERAGE FOR COMMUNITIES THAT OTHERWISE HAVE NOT BEEN WORKING
WITH EACH OTHER VERY CLOSELY. WHO BENEFITS?
INDIVIDUALS, CERTAINLY WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS
INFRASTRUCTURE WHO CAN TAKE THIS INFRASTRUCTURE BACK TO THEIR
HOME ORGANIZATIONS. AND WHO BECOME PROFESSIONALLY
MORE SKILLED IN THESE DATA SCIENCES AND THE TOOLS IT TAKES
TO FACILITATE DATA SHARING AND DISSEMINATION.
POLICYMAKERS AND FUNDERS, RDA I THINK WE CAN SAY WITH
CONFIDENCE IS GOING TO REDUCE THE COST FOR MANY DATA PROVIDERS BECAUSE THEY
CAN USE AND ADOPT, REPURPOSE THINGS DEVELOPED IN THE CONTEXT
OF RDA. CERTAINLY IT STRENGTHENS
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AROUND DATA SHARING, WE’RE
REALLY BUILDING A BORDERLESS WORLD AROUND OPEN DATA AND THIS
OF COURSE HELPS TO PROMOTE LEADERSHIP IN DATA SCIENCE FOR
ALL OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED. AND ENTERPRISE AND BUSINESS,
WE’RE BUILDING OUT A CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE HOPE
OTHERS CAN ADOPT AND ADAPT FOR THEIR PURPOSES.
WE’RE BUILDING KEY COMPONENTS THAT CAN BE UTILIZED IN BUSINESS
OPERATIONS INCLUDING DEVELOPMENT OF THE HUMAN WORK
FORCE, TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND ALSO SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE
AROUND COMMON LANGUAGE, COMMON TERMINOLOGY, METADATA
STANDARDS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. HELP LAY THE GROUND WORK FOR
NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND BUSINESS INNOVATION.
I WANT TO SHOW YOU ONE BRIEF EXAMPLE HERE OF HOW THE RDA
INFRASTRUCTURE IS HELPING TO DEVELOP A RESOURCE IN MATERIALS
SCIENCE. MATERIAL SCIENCE OF COURSE IS LOOKING UNDER THE
AUSPICES GENOME INITIATIVE DEVELOPING NEW MATERIALS FASTER
AND AT LESS COST THROUGH THE COMBINATION OF EXPERIMENTAL
DATA AND SIMULATION DATA, BRINGING THOSE TOGETHER INTO A COMMON FRAMEWORK.
WE’RE BUILDING OUT A MATERIALS RESOURCE REGISTRY ULTIMATELY
ALLOWING US TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT MATERIALS DATA FROM
RESOURCES AROUND THE WORLD, ACADEMICS, PUBLIC SECTOR, AND
PRIVATE SECTOR INTEGRATED INTO A COMMON SYSTEM.
I HAVE A DEMO OF THIS. THE TECH FOLKS ARE ALL GONE.
OH, NO. IF WE COULD SWITCH TO THE URL.
SO THIS IS A SOFTWARE STACK THAT WE HAVE SET UP AT NIST, BUT
WE’RE SHARING GLOBALLY, AND THIS IS NOW AN ALPHA, THERE’S NOT A
LOT HERE YET. I WANT TO GIVE YOU A FLAVOR FOR
WHERE WE’RE GOING. CLICK ON SEARCH FOR RESOURCES, BY
DEFAULT YOU GET EVERYTHING. SCROLL DOWN AND YOU’LL SEE WE’RE
CATEGORIZING DATA CONTENT BY — NOT QUITE SO FAR — BY
ORGANIZATIONS, DATA COLLECTION, DATASETS, SERVICES, APIs, AND
INFORMATION SITES AND SOFTWARE, IN FACT SOFTWARE I LIKE TO
CONSIDER DATA AS WELL. MET A DATA DESCRIPTION DESCRIBE
SOFTWARE, WHAT IS APPLICABLE, WHAT IS WRITTEN IN, HOW DO YOU
GET IT AND INSTALL IT. AND SO IF YOU GO BACK UP AND PUT
IN, SAY, IN THE SEARCH AREA METALS, FOR EXAMPLE, AND
CLICK RETURN, OR SEARCH, SO YOU GET YOUR ONE RESOURCE WHICH
TALKS ABOUT SUBJECT MATERIAL, METALS, INTERATOMIC POTENTIALS
REPOSITORY PROJECT. THIS IS JUST BEGINNING TO BE
FLESHED OUT SO THE NUMBER OF RESOURCES IN HERE NOW IS QUITE
SMALL. I WOULD EXPECT IN TIME A SEARCH
ON METALS WOULD GIVE YOU HUNDREDS OR PERHAPS THOUSANDS OF
RESOURCES. THEN YOU CAN DOWN SELECT THROUGH
FACETS, WHAT TYPE OF RESOURCE YOU’RE INTERESTED IN, WHAT KIND
OF MATERIALS YOU’RE INTERESTED IN. THIS IS SOMETHING WE’RE BUILDING
OUT WITH THE CONSENSUS BUILDING AREA OF RDA BECAUSE
THE METADATA DESCRIPTIONS HERE WE WANT TO AGREE ON
INTERNATIONALLY SO WE HAVE A WORKING GROUP THAT CONSISTS OF
REPRESENTATIVES FROM PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES,
ACADEMIA, PUBLIC SECTOR AND ALSO PRIVATE SECTOR BECAUSE WE
REALLY WANT TO BRING ALL OF THOSE RESOURCES TOGETHER.
SO WE CAN GO BACK TO THE PRESENTATION.
ONE MORE, OKAY. RDA MEETS TWICE A YEAR IN
PLENARY SESSIONS, IT STARTED THREE YEARS AGO.
I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT RECENT RECENT PLENARIES.
IN PARIS IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR, ONE OF THE KEY ISSUES
DISCUSSED AT THIS PLENARY WAS IN FACT ENGAGING PRIVATE
ENTERPRISE, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
WE HAD 20 START-UP COMPANIES ATTEND THE MEETING TO SHOW WHAT
THEY ARE DOING AROUND DATA ACCESS THAT HELPS TO UNDERSTAND
ISSUES AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE. WE HAD ABOUT 700 PEOPLE AT THE
PARIS PLENARY, REPRESENTING 40 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.
WE MET IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR IN TOKYO, IT WAS A SMALLER
ATTENDANCE, LARGELY BECAUSE OF THE COST AND DISTANCE IN GETTING
TO JAPAN WITH SO MANY OF OURS COMING FROM THE UNITED STATES
AND EUROPE. WE HAD A FULL PRACTICE OF
INTEREST GROUP AND WORKING GROUP SESSIONS WITH A NUMBER OF NEW
OUTPUTS. EACH WORKING GROUP HAS TO
IDENTIFY ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE ADOPTERS OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS,
AND SO THESE PEOPLE DEMONSTRATE HOW THEY TAKE UP
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM RDA. OUR NEXT MEETING IS IN SEPTEMBER
IN DENVER, AND THIS IS REALLY A FANTASTIC DEAL.
WE HAVE THE SCI DATA CON, THE RDA
PLENARY AND A DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK WHICH WE’RE
CALLING OUR INTERNATIONAL DATA FORUM.
AND I’M ACTUALLY ON THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THAT.
THE THEME OF THAT DAY IS DATA FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD,
RESPONSIBILITIES, OPPORTUNITIES, AND DANGERS IN A DATA-RICH
WORLD, WHERE WE’LL BE LOOKING AT THE BENEFITS BUT ALSO SOME OF
THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH VERY WIDE OPEN ACCESS TO DATA.
IAN, I HOPE YOU REMEMBER YOU’RE INVITED TO SPEAK AT THIS.
>>YES. >> AND IF YOUR SCHEDULE HAS
CLEARED UP WE’D LIKE TO HAVE YOU.
AND OTHERS OF YOU, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU THERE, IF YOU’RE
INTERESTED IN SPEAKING OR BEING ON ONE OF OUR FOCUS PANELS
PLEASE LET ME KNOW. NEXT SPRING WE’LL GO BACK TO
EUROPE TO MEET IN BARCELONA. IN THE UNITED STATES WE HAVE A
VERY ACTIVE PROGRAM, RDAUS WITH 1200 INDIVIDUAL FROM ALL 50
STATES, BASICALLY OUR MISSION IS TO TAKE THE INTERNATIONAL
FRAMEWORK AND SEE WHERE WE CAN LEVERAGE THAT SPECIFICALLY
AROUND U.S. ORGANIZATIONS. WE HAVE AS I SAID SUPPORT
PRIMARILY FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, NIST IS ALSO
UNDERWRITING A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES IN RDA, SOME PLENARY
MEETINGS, THE INTERIM MEETINGS OF WORKING GROUP AND INTEREST
GROUP CHAIRS, AND ALSO SOME OF THE TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT WORK
THROUGH OTHER CONTRACTORS. WE ALSO HAVE GOTTEN SOME SUPPORT
FROM THE SLOAN AND MacARTHUR FOUNDATIONS IN RECENT TIME.
IN PARTICULAR, THE MacARTHUR FOUNDATION IS FUNDING SOME OF
THESE ADOPTION PROJECTS THAT TAKE UP RDA PROJECTS AND
IMPLEMENT THEM AND THE VARIETY OF USE CASES IS INTERESTING FROM
FOOD SECURITY AND UNDERSTANDING THE RICE GENOME,
DOING EXERCISE WITH OCEANOGRAPHY AND DATA CITATION,
BIOMEDICAL, BIG DATA SHARING, AROUND ELECTRONIC HEALTH
RECORD, AND THEN EVEN IN ECOLOGY AND ECOSYSTEMS NORTHERN
FOREST RESEARCH DATA IN VERMONT, A VERY GREAT VARIETY
OF TAKE-UP CASES, THIS IS EXACTLY THE SORT OF THING THAT
WE’RE REALLY ENCOURAGED TO SEE FROM RDA.
SO THAT REALLY CONCLUDES WHAT I WANTED TO SAY FORMALLY.
A BUNCH OF URLs AND SO FORTH, SOCIAL NETWORKING CONNECTIONS.
I WANT TO LEAVE UP FOR DISCUSSION THE THINGS I WOULD
LOVE TO GET SOME FEEDBACK FROM YOU ALL ABOUT.
HOW WE CAN INCREASE PRIVATE SECTOR INTEREST IN INVESTMENTS
IN RDA, GET YOUR ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATING IN A MEANINGFUL
WAY, WHAT ASPECTS OF WHAT WE’RE DOING ARE MOST RELEVANT TO THE
PRIVATE SECTOR, AND WHAT COULD WE BE DOING THAT WE ARE NOT
THAT WOULD HELP TO ENGAGE THE PRIVATE SECTOR AT A HIGHER
LEVEL, PARTICULAR DOMAIN OR SUBJECT MATTER AREAS,
INFRASTRUCTURE THAT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN, AND
INFRASTRUCTURE THAT SUPPORTS VALUE-ADDED SERVICES SO THAT YOU
IS RIDE ON TOP OF WHAT RDA IS DEVELOPING AND THEREFORE BRING
PRODUCTS TO MARKET AT A MUCH MORE QUICKLY AND LOWER COST.
THAT’S IT. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH.
LET’S SEE IF THERE’S ANY FEEDBACK, COMMENTS.
>>I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION, NOT RELATE THE TO THE QUESTIONS YOU
ASKED. I’M SORRY FOR THAT.
I HAD A QUESTION KIND OF RELATED TO EARLIER DISCUSSION THIS
MORNING ABOUT INSTITUTIONALIZING, YOU KNOW,
THE DATA PERSPECTIVE WITHIN COMMERCE.
I NOTICE THAT YOU’RE IN MATERIALS LAB AT NIST, I KNOW
THERE’S LOTS OF LABS AT NIST, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGY LAB, I’M WONDERING ARE YOU ABLE TO GET
PARTICIPATION ACROSS NIST OR ARE YOU KIND OF IT FOR NIST?
>>NO, I’M WORKING CLOSELY WITH ITL, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
LABORATORY, IN FACT THEY ARE ALSO VERY INVOLVED IN RDA.
MY OFFICE IS IN MML, MERELY MEASUREMENT LAB, THE LARGEST
SINGLE LABORATORY AT NIST, BUT I THINK IN TIME PERHAPS IN A
YEAR OR TWO IT’S GOING TO MOVE UP TO A HIGHER LEVEL AND REALLY
ADDRESS DATA MANAGEMENT AND DISSEMINATION ISSUES ACROSS NIST
BROADLY, I ALREADY DO THAT TO SOME EXTENT.
SOMEHOW I’VE GOTTEN A REPUTATION BEING THE DATA GO-TO GUY.
>> SO FAR JUST INFORMALLY. >>SO FAR MOSTLY INFORMAL.
>>AND BY YOUR FORCE OF PERSONALITY AND GETTING THE WORD
OUT. >>RIGHT.
>>IT’S A BIG CAMPUS. I THINK IT’S A CHALLENGE.
>>PUS CONSTITUENCY IN BOULDER,
COLORADO, AND MANY OTHERS. YEAH, IT’S A CHALLENGE BUT WE’RE
GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION AROUND DATA AT NIST SINCE THIS
NEW OFFICE HAS BEEN STOOD UP AND REACH OUT TO PHYSICAL
MEASUREMENT LAB, ENGINEERING, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAB,
WE’RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER. >>BILL?
>>(INAUDIBLE). >>I SAW JACK’S GO UP.
>> WHOEVER WOULD LIKE TO GO NEXT.
>>A QUICK QUESTION. YOU MENTIONED SCIENTIFIC OR
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES, SAY MORE ABOUT WHAT ROLE THEY PLAY IN
PARTICULAR WHETHER YOU CAN CONSIDER JOURNAL PAPERS TO BE
DATA AS PART OF YOUR PROCESS. >>JOURNAL PAPERS ARE DEFINITELY
DATA. THE LINK YANG BETWEEN JOURNAL
PAPERS AND UNDERLYING DATA FUNDAMENTAL.
DATA CITATION STANDARDS, FUNDAMENTAL AREA OF ACTIVITY FOR
RDA. PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES,
DEFINITELY AS WELL. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THIS MATERIALS
RESOURCE REGISTRY WE’RE WORKING WITH SEVERAL OF THE SOCIETIES
IN MATERIAL SCIENCE TO BRING IN DATA RESOURCES AND REACH OUT
TO CONSTITUENCY, MEMBERSHIP, IN ORDER TO GET THEIR MEMBERS TO
CONTRIBUTE DATA RESOURCES AND TO USE FACILITIES THAT WE
DEVELOP. OF COURSE, MANY PROFESSIONAL
SOCIETIES ARE PUBLISHERS AND SO THEY ARE ENGAGED AS WELL WITH
PARTICULARLY DATA CITATION STANDARDS, AND SOFTWARE CITATION
STANDARDS. AGAIN THINKING OF SOFTWARE AS
DATA. WE NEED TO — YOU’RE GOING TO
UNDERSTAND WHAT THE CONTENT OF A RESEARCH PAPER AND HAVE SOME
FEASIBILITY AND ACTUALLY REPRODUCING RESULTS, YOU NEED
ACCESS NOT ONLY TO DATA BUT SOFTWARE THAT WAS USED TO
ANALYZE OR GENERATE THAT DATA. >> I BELIEVE IT WAS HEATHER.
>> I’M NOT GOING TO FIGHT JACK. CONVERSATION YESTERDAY ABOUT THE
NOTION OF MATCHED PAIRS AND I THINK IT FLEW OUT INTO TROICA,
INCORPORATING RESEARCHERS INTO WHAT WE DO, CREATING A ROBUST
ECOSYSTEM WHERE THERE’S TEAM WORK ON DIFFERENT DATA PROJECTS,
IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE RDA IS A RICH POTENTIAL SOURCE OF THESE
KINDS OF PARTNERSHIPS FOR CORPORATE SECTOR, THINKING ABOUT
THE APPROACH, INDIVIDUAL UNIVERSITIES LOOKING FOR
RESEARCHERS. THE WORKING GROUPS, I SHOULD
KNOW BUT I DON’T SO I NEED TO ASK THIS.
THEY ARE ORGANIZED AROUND DOMAINS-SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES AND
ALSO DIFFERENT KINDS OF INTEREST AREAS, TECHNICAL
INTEREST AREAS, THE WHOLE GAMUT.
>>RIGHT. >>SO WE COULD POTENTIALLY LOOK
TO RDA FOR NOT ONLY DEMAND SPECIFIC BUT.
>>I TOOK OUT THESE SLIDES FROM THE BODY BECAUSE THEY ARE WORDY
BUT THERE’S ACTUALLY HERE IN THE SLIDE SET A LOT OF
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIFIC DOMAIN-BASED INTEREST GROUPS
AND WORKING GROUPS, MORE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL
INFRASTRUCTURE, DATA STEWARDSHIP AND SO FORTH.
YOU CAN SEE THE WHOLE GAMUT HERE AND PARTICIPATION IN THESE
INTEREST GROUPS AND WORKING GROUPS IS OPEN TO ANYBODY.
TYPICALLY THERE’S A CORE LEADER AND CORE TEAM THAT ACTUALLY
SETS THINGS IN MOTION. ONCE THEY ARE IN MOTION, THEY
TYPICALLY WILL HAVE 20, 30, SOMETIMES 50 OR 60 PEOPLE
INVOLVED. THE DATA RESCUE INTEREST GROUP,
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE STILL PEOPLE PARACHUTING IN TO EXTRACT
SOMEBODY. >>THAT ONE CAME OUT OF THE
ASTRONOMY COMMUNITY, THE LEADER OF IT, AND IT’S — THERE ARE
DATA ON OLD PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES THAT ARE SITTING IN CABINETS
SLOWLY DEGRADING, EMULSIONS ARE FALLING OFF, PRESERVATION NEEDS
TO BE ADDRESSED. >>JACK.
>>YOU’RE SUGGESTING YOUR DATA COMMUNITY IS A FOUNDATION FOR
CREATING SOCIAL COMMUNITIES, DO YOU USE THINGS LIKE FACEBOOK OR
WHITE LABEL SOMETHING LIKE JIVE?
I’M WRESTLING WITH THE SAME THING, WHAT KIND OF CAPABILITIES
ARE YOU DEVELOPING FOR SOCIAL CONNECTIONS, NETWORKING BEYOND
JUST THE DATA OF — >>SO HERE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK,
LINKED IN, SLIDE SHARE, WE’RE USING LOTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA.
>>WHY DO YOU MAKE THE CONNECTION?
>>IT’S LINKS, PEOPLE AT THE PLENARIES, THEY ARE LIKE WHO CAN
TWEET THE MOST COMMENTS OUT ABOUT THE PLENARIES, SO THOSE
WHO TWEET ARE VERY ENGAGED. >>YOU’RE NOT REALLY TRYING TO
EMBED AROUND THE DATA HUB ITSELF OR LOCK IN PEOPLE TO YOUR OWN
SITE? >>WE SEE THEM AS COMPLEMENTARY,
YEAH. IS IT REALLY EUROPE? >>I THINK EUROPE, THE U.S. AND
AUSTRALIA ARE REALLY THE THREE PILLARS, YEAH.
>>AND THEN CAN YOU GIVE US A LITTLE CHARACTERIZATION OF SAY
PERCENTAGES OF DATA TYPES, TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS,
WHAT PERCENTAGE ARE JOURNAL ARTICLES, FOR EXAMPLE, VERSUS
VERY LARGE DATASETS, WHAT KIND OF DATA IS IN THOSE?
>>EVERYTHING. >>I KNOW THAT.
HOW DO YOU — IT’S A STUPID QUESTION IF I ASK CHRIS THE
TYPES OF INFORMATION AT GOOGLE, HOW WOULD YOU —
>>LET ME PERHAPS GIVE ONE EXAMPLE CLOSE TO HOME IN
MATERIAL SCIENCE. AT NIST WE HAVE DATA IN 140
FORMATS IN NEARLY SCIENCE. X-RAY DIFFRACTION, IMAGING,
SPECTROSCOPIC, TABULAR DATA, HIGH LEVEL ABSTRACTION FROM
PREVIOUS MEASUREMENTS. >>140 DIFFERENT TYPES.
>>AND MANY DATA TYPES UNFORTUNATELY ARE PROPRIETARY
BECAUSE THEY COME OFF OF INSTRUMENTS WHOSE VENDORS TIE
THEIR DATA FORMAT TO THEIR EMBEDDED SOFTWARE.
>>SO YOU HAVE TO TO SOFTWARE WITH THE COLLECTION.
THE OTHER THING, YOU ASKED A QUESTION ABOUT COMMENTS ABOUT
HOW DOES THE PRIVATE SECTOR GET INVOLVED.
BACK TO THAT, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT SELLING DATA,
SELLING TOOLS, SELLING — WHAT IS IT? WE WOULD LIKE TO ENABLE THE
PRIVATE SECTOR TO BUILD VALUE-ADDED SERVICES.
>>APPS. >>APPS THAT WOULD BUILD ON TOP
OF THE RDA RECOMMENDED INFRASTRUCTURES.
>>WOULD THEY PAY FOR THE USE OF THE DATA, THE INFRASTRUCTURE,
THEY WOULD BE A SPONSOR, WHAT IS YOUR THINKING?
CERTAINLY SPONSORSHIP IS WELCOME.
WE HAVE MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS SPARK THAT PAY A FEE
BASED ON THE SIZE OF THEIR ORGANIZATION.
IT GETS THEM A POSITION IN THE GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE OF RDA TO
HELP INFLUENCE THE PRIORITIES OF ACTIVITIES.
BUT AGAIN MUCH LIKE WE’RE DOING IN MATERIAL SCIENCE WE WANT
THIS RESOURCE REGISTRY TO REACH ACROSS BOTH PUBLIC SECTOR,
ACADEMIC, AND PRIVATE SECTOR RESOURCES WHICH CAN BE, YOU
KNOW, A FEE FOR SERVICE. >> HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY AND WHAT
DO YOU GET, WHY DO YOU DO IT? OUR INVESTMENT IS ROUGHLY $1,
500, IT’S THE COMMUNITY ASPECT OF IT, CONNECTION WITH A GLOBAL
INTEREST GROUP, IF YOU WILL — WE DON’T HAVE
ANY COLLECTIONS. >>PROMOTING YOUR ASSOCIATIONS. >>RIGHT, PART OF WHAT IS INTEREST,
CONNECTIONS WITH FOLKS WITH AN EXPERTISE AND INTEREST IN THE
KINDS OF PROGRAMS WE’RE TRYING TO DEVELOP ON OUR CAMPUSES BUT
ALSO POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDS AND UNDERLYING SET
OF PRINCIPLES FOR HOW THE COMMUNITIES, GLOBAL
COMMUNITIES. >>WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST SPONSOR
AND WHY ARE THEY DOING IT? >>THE BIGGEST SPONSOR NOW FOR
RDA U.S. IS NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION.
THAT FUNDING IS APPROXIMATELY $2 MILLION OVER FOUR YEARS.
>>THEY ARE TRYING TO FACILITATE ACCESS TO ALL SCIENTIFIC.
>>WE DO NOT EXPECT FUNDING INDEFINITELY, I’M WORKING WITH SENIOR LEADERSHIP TO THINK
ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE, COMMUNITY BUILDING, ANOTHER
REASON TO BE FRANK I’M HERE TALKING TO PRIVATE SECTOR, IF
WE CAN ENGAGE PRIVATE SECTOR AT HIGHER LEVEL THAT COULD BE
PART OF A SOLUTIONING >>WHAT’S THE BIGGEST PRIVATE
SECTOR EXAMPLE? >>THE FOUNDATION.
SO MacARTHUR AND SLOAN ARE THE ONLY NON-GOVERNMENT FUNDING
RIGHT NOW THAT WE HAVE. IN EUROPE THIS IS ALL FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION.
THEY ARE FUNDING AT SUBSTANTIAL LIE HIGHER LEVEL THAN THE U. U.S. >>THE SUBSCRIPTION, THEY CAN
GET GET IT FOR FREE. >>IT’S OPEN AND FREE.
>>MEMBERSHIP SPONSORSHIP SERVICES, I’M THINKING ABOUT
SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WHAT IS THE VALUE THAT YOU
PROVIDE, EITHER THEY MAKE MONEY ON TOP OF IT OR THEY HAVE
ACCESS TO THE NETWORK THEN ADVANTAGE THEIR ORGANIZATION, I
MEAN, PEOPLE LIKE RILEY, A DIGITAL COLLECTION OF STUFF,
AND HE SELLS THAT AS A SERVICE TO ORGANIZATIONS,
ACCESSING TECH JOURNALS, I’M STRUGGLING TRYING TO ANSWER
YOUR QUESTION. >>WE ARE TOO SOMEWHAT, WHICH IS
WHY I CAME HERE TO SEE IF WE COULD —
>>SUBSCRIPTIONS, BUT WHAT IS THE VALUE THAT YOU HAVE OTHER
THAN WHAT YOU’RE GIVING AWAY FOR FREE? >>IT WOULD BE LIKE BY
PARTICIPATING AND BY PAYING AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIP FEE
YOU HELP SET PRIORITIES RDA INVESTS IN, YOU GET TO REAP THE
BENEFITS OF THIS INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM.
>>WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? THAT’S THE THING I WANT TO KNOW.>>ONE EXAMPLE, MORE PRODUCTIVE,
AND SOME OTHER IDEAS, BE CREATIVE ON IT, SO MERCK CHOSE A COUPLE YEARS AGO WITH
CLINICAL TRIALS, THEY SAID IN THE PRESS RELEASE, I’M
PARAPHRASING, NOT A PROFIT MOTIVE BUT COST REDUCTION
MEASURE. THEY APPARENTLY — THE HUMAN
TRIALS OF GETTING MEDICINES OUT IN THE WORLD EXPENSIVE, THEY
RELEASED A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF RESEARCH DATA, IN PARTNERSHIP
WITH I THINK WITH YALE AND SAW IN THE END IT’S WEIRD,
DRAMATICALLY REDUCING COST STRUCTURE, REVENUE STRUCTURE, IN
THE END THE FEEDBACK IS ON SOME LEVEL IT’S GOT TO MAKE
MONEY OR SAVE MONEY OR WHY SHOULD ANY COMPANY CARE.
>>MORE OPEN BUT DIFFICULT IF YOU HAD THE APP TO CHARGE FOR
THAT, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS ABOUT THIS?
>>YEAH, THE ONLY THING I WAS GOING TO SAY ALONG THESE LINES
IS THAT WHEN WE SEE CONSORTIUMS LIKE THIS, SOMETIMES WE GET TOO
ABSTRACT AND GET AWAY FROM REAL ISSUES, DATA SETS FOR
MACHINE LEARNING, AND THOSE THINGS, WHICH FRANKLY PEOPLE
TRY TO RELEASE UNDER WHAT I WOULD CONSIDER RESTRICTIVE
LICENSING, BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT LICENSES TO WHAT THEY SEE AS COMPETITORS, RIGHT?
YOU SAID DATA SETS ARE FREE AND OPEN, WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT? WHEN WE HEAR THAT AT GOOGLE WE
SAY WHAT’S THE ACTUAL LICENSE? I WENT TO THE R-3 SITE, I WAS
GOING TO ASK YOU THE ACTUAL CONNECTION, I FOUND A LOT OF
STUFF WHICH WAS GREAT, A LOT OF OPEN LICENSING, USABLE BY
INDUSTRY, I FOUND SOME CT LICENSES THAT I CONSIDERED
UNUSABLE IN INDUSTRY BECAUSE THEY WERE — (INDISCERNIBLE) — >>HUNT FOR VALUE ADDED AND
SUBSCRIPTION, THAT MAKES SENSE. SOMETHING MY STAFF COULD USE TO
ACCELERATE RESEARCH, MAYBE UNIVERSITIES, SO WHAT IS THE APP
THAT’S GOING TO MAKE MAGIC OUT OF THIS COLLECTION?
I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. >> LET THAT BE THE RHETORICAL
QUESTION. TO BURTON’S RECOMMENDATION, WE
CAN PAUSE AND COME BACK IF THAT’S OKAY.
TO OPEN UP THE NEXT PORTION. BOB, DON’T GO FAR AWAY.
>>STAY RIGHT THERE, BOB. >> FIRST ASK IF THERE’S ANYONE
IN THE ROOM FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC, FROM ANYBODY WHO IS
HERE, WHO WANTS TO SPEAK UP IN THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD?
>>IT WAS HARD TO GET IN THE BUILDING BUT WE HAVE SOME
SPECTATORS, TEAMMATES. TRACKING TWITTER AND WILL READ
COMMENTS OR ANYTHING LOOKING LIKE PUBLIC COMMENTS.
>>THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT. FOR THOSE THAT ARE WATCHING
ONLINE AND WE’VE HAD AN INTERESTING LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION, THE HASHTAG #
CDACMTG. WE’VE BEEN ACTIVE, A RENEWED
OPPORTUNITY TO CHIME IN, A NUMBER OF COMMERCE EMPLOYEES ARE
WATCHING, SO THEY ARE WELCOME TO CHIME IN AS WELL.
YES? ANYTHING COMING IN?
>>YES, A QUESTION FROM GARY ONLINE.
IS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR INDUSTRY FELLOWS TO BE PLACED AT
AGENCIES FOR A YEAR OR TWO TO SHARE HOW INDUSTRY CREATES
SOLUTIONS? >>YES.
BURTON, DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THAT ONE TO START?
>>YES. I MEAN, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF
WAYS. THEY CAN COME ON BOARD THROUGH
AN INTERNSHIP. THEY CAN COME ON BOARD BECAUSE
THROUGH A VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATION, I’D HAVE TO LOOK INTO THE
DIFFERENT AVENUES FOR DOING THAT.
AND MANY OF THE THINGS JACK AND OTHERS TALKED ABOUT OFFER THAT
OPPORTUNITY AS WELL. IF THEY HAVE THE INTEREST THEY
SHOULD LET US KNOW AND WORK OUT THE BEST WAY TO PURSUE THAT.
>>HOW WOULD PEOPLE SHOWING INTEREST — THIS GROUP, HOW
WOULD WE KNOW? >>REACH OUT TO OUR — IT’S A
GOOD QUESTION. ADVISORY COUNCIL IF ANYONE WANT
TO PUBLICLY EXPRESS INTEREST, E-MAIL IS A GREAT EXAMPLE.
WE HAVE PUBLIC E-MAILS ON OUR WEBSITE.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PRIVATELY REACH OUT TO US?
>>THE WEBSITE WWW.ESA.GOV, CLICK ON CDAC, WE HAVE A LINK TO
CONTACT US ON THAT PAGE. >>GREAT.
>>THAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT. THANK YOU TANJA.
>> ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC?
>>MAYBE THAT ANSWER COULD BE POSTED AS THE REPLY TO THAT TWITTER QUESTION.
>>YEAH. ANYTHING ELSE FROM THE GENERAL
PUBLIC? >>I GOT ANOTHER ONLINE QUESTION
FROM GARY. HOW DOES THE I.P. COMMUNITY
PARTICIPATE IN YOUR NEW COMMUNITY SITE?
THIS IS FOR MR. TOM BEACH. >> YEAH, RIGHT BEHIND YOU. OKAY.
THROUGH THE COMMUNITY SITE, THROUGH VISUALIZATION, THE
PLATFORM IS THERE, PARTICIPATE THROUGH THE DEVELOPER HUB,
THAT’S A GREAT PLACE TO DO THAT. EFFORT, OPEN SOURCE
COLLABORATION WAS CONCEPT WAS NOT UNDERSTOOD OR WELCOMED,
SOMEWHAT SEEN AS A THREAT, A LOT OF WHAT TYRONE HAS DONE IS
SPREAD THE GOOD WORD ABOUT WHY THAT IS INTERESTING AND
EXCITING, TALK ABOUT HOW GITHUB AND FOLKS DISTRIBUTING IN, YOUR
EXPERIENCES, INTRODUCE THE CONCEPT.
>>IT’S BEEN A ROUGH GO AT IT BUT WE CAME IN AND HAD TO
RECOGNIZE IF YOU WANT TO ENGAGE WITH THE PUBLIC YOU HAVE TO HAVE A COOL MODEL, ENGAGE WITH
PEOPLE. ISSUES ON WHAT WE’RE DOING, WE
ACTUALLY DID THAT A FEW TIMES, THE SMALLER PROJECTS, WENT BACK,
HERE IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING. GREAT RESULTS.
ESPECIALLY IN THE SHOWING AND DOING, WE GOT PEOPLE ON BOARD TO SAY YES. >>ALL RIGHT.
ONE MORE HERE. WHAT ARE BEST INDUSTRY PRACTICES
THAT ARE MISSING IN GOVERNMENT? >>ANY COUNSEL MEMBER WANT TO
TAKE THAT ONE? >>IAN?
>>CAN I COMMENT ON THAT? >>PLEASE, PLEASE.
I THINK THE HIRING ABILITY AROUND DATA, BRINGING IN DATASET
A SCIENTISTS, 18S, ARE REALLY BEST PRACTICES THAT COMMERCE
RECOGNIZED WAS NOT BROADLY EXECUTING IN COMMERCE AND OVER THE LAST YEAR, YEAR-AND-A-HALF
HAVE ADDRESSED THAT. THE QUESTION WAS BROAD
GOVERNMENT. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE THAT COULD
SPREAD MORE BROADLY. >>CAN I SPEAK TO THAT?
>>PLEASE, OF COURSE. >>TO THAT POINT ONE OF THE
THINGS THAT’S BEEN INCREDIBLY USEFUL FOR US IN THE COMMERCE
DATA SERVICE IS SOMETHING CALLED DIGITAL SERVICES HIRING
AUTHORITY THAT OMB, THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL ON THE WHITE
HOUSE’S DIRECTION, ESTABLISHED TO BRING PEOPLE IN AS I SAID,
PEOPLE LIKE OUR DATA SCIENTISTS OVER THERE WHO HAVE SPECIFIC
SKILLS WE CAN HIRE THEM QUICKLY, POST THE POSITIONS, WE CAN
RECRUIT LIBERALLY FOR THOSE POSITIONS.
THEY ARE OPEN AND COMPETITIVELY PRODUCED BUT BECAUSE THEY HAVE
A UNIQUE SET OF SKILLS WE’RE PITCHING TOWARDS WE’RE CAN BE
SPECIFIC WHO WE’RE REACHING OUT TO IN THOSE POSITIONS.
THAT HIGH AUTHORITY EXPIRES OUR ABILITY TO HIRE EXPIRES IN
SEPTEMBER, THE PEOPLE UNDER IT RIGHT NOW ARE ONLY ABLE TO BE
EMPLOYED THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 27 20* 17.
THERE ARE OTHER HIRING AUTHORITIES AS WE WORK TO EXTEND
AND HOPEFULLY MAKE IT PERMANENT, BUT I THINK IT WOULD
BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION TO LOOK AT
ESTABLISHING A SIMILAR HIRING AUTHORITY FOR US TO USE IN THIS
SPACE BECAUSE IT HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO REACH THE
KIND OF PEOPLE WE NEED TO. THAT’S A BEST PRACTICE THAT
EMERGED IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, LATE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION,
THAT HAS BEEN REALLY CRITICAL. THE OTHERS YOU MENTIONED ARE
ALSO VERY HELPFUL. >>JUST TO MAKE IT BROADER FOR A
MOMENT ON SOME LEVEL I LAUGH BUT IT’S ONLY TO THE QUESTION,
IT’S OUT OF A DEEP SENSE OF CARING, I LOVE WHAT GOVERNMENTS
DO. I LOVE THE PUBLIC SERVICE THAT
I’VE WORKED WITH, WORKED FOR, THAT I’M WORKING WITH AS PART OF
A TEAM, BUT ON SOME LEVEL GOVERNMENTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A
LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN PRIVATE SECTOR.
WE WANT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO EXIST WHETHER OR NOT IT’S
PROFITABLE. PUBLIC COMMITMENT TO THAT, EVEN
IF IT ON SOME LEVEL IS NOT DEMONSTRATING SOME THINGS WE
LOVE ABOUT THE PRIVATE SECTOR. CHARACTERISTICS, JOY IS THE ONLY
OTHER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE ON THE COUNCIL, CAN PROBABLY
EMPATHIZE, WHETHER IT’S A CITY, COUNTY, FEDERAL, RISK AVERSION
IS HIGH, THE TURNOVER IS MUCH LOWER THAN THE PRIVATE SECTOR
IN TERMS OF LENGTH OF TYPICALLY EMPLOYEES.
IT’S GENERALLY HARD AS WE SAID TO HIRE, TRAIN AND MAINTAIN.
IT’S HARD TO BUY ANYTHING FROM ANYBODY.
THOSE CONCEPTS ARE THE RULES OF THE ROAD, THAT’S THE LANGUAGE,
THAT’S THE CULTURE, THAT DOES NOT MEAN IT’S GOING TO PREVENT
US FROM BRINGING BEST PRACTICES IN.
WHEN I CAME IN, ONE OF THE FIRST PRESENTATIONS I GAVE, I OBSERVED FOUR
CATEGORIES OF OPPORTUNITY WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, I
SAW THOSE AS LEADERSHIP, PEOPLE, TECHNOLOGY, EXCUSE ME,
TOOLS AND PROCESSES, MY FOUR BUCKETS.
OF THOSE FOUR BUCKETS I WAS OVERWHELMED LIKE ANY OTHER NEW
EMPLOYEE TO A LARGE ORGANIZATION.
WE CAN’T TACKLE ALL. CHOOSE ONE AND FOCUS ON THAT.
WITH SUPPORT FROM BRUCE WHO SPOKE THIS MORNING WE CHOSE TO
FOCUS ON THE PEOPLE. PEOPLE FIRST AND THEN THE
PROCESSES AND TOOLS WILL FOLLOW BECAUSE WE HAVE SUPPORT FROM
LEADERSHIP. THAT’S BEEN OUR MANTRA, WHY
WE’VE INVEST IT’S SO MUCH IN THAT AREA.
I THINK THE CORE OF THE QUESTION, THAT’S ALSO WHY WE’VE CHOSEN TO BRING MORE
PEOPLE INSIDE TO TAKE FANTASTIC INNOVATORS, MANY REPRESENTED
HERE TODAY, PARTNER WITH GREAT PUBLIC SERVANTS IN THE
GOVERNMENT BEFORE WE SHOWED UP TO HELP DO OUR JOB BETTER, FIND
A BETTER WAY TO SCALE UP. >> OKAY.
THAT’S MY SOAP BOX. I’M OFF.
I COULDN’T RESIST, GIVEN THE QUESTION. >>YOU SAY THE PUBLIC COMMENT
PERIOD IS OPEN FOR 20 MINUTES. WE’RE GOING BACK TO OUR
DISCUSSION. KEEP IT ON TWITTER.
IF SOMETHING COMES UP, RAISE YOUR HAND.
WE’LL PAUSE, TAKE THAT PUBLIC COMMENT.
IF ANYONE IN THE ROOM WANTS TO SPEAK UP THEY ARE WELCOME TO AS
WELL. IN THE MEANTIME WHY DON’T WE
TURN IT BACK TO THE DISCUSSION WE WERE HAVING WITH BOB ABOUT
RESEARCH DATA ALLIANCE NIST PUT TOGETHER.
>>NOT JUST NIST. >>THAT HE’S HERE REPRESENTING. LET ME PUT IT THAT WAY.
>>KIM. >>IN THE U.S. PART YOU SAID YOU
HAD 1200 MEMBERS. ARE THEY THE RIGHT MEMBERS, ARE
YOU TARGETING A CERTAIN REPRESENTATION OF EITHER AN
INDUSTRY SECTOR OR SKILL SET SECTOR, I’M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT
HOW WE CAN HELP ADD TO THE RDA IN THE MOST VALUABLE WAY.
RIGHT? >>TO DATE THERE HAS BEEN NO
REAL TARGETING TRYING TO RECRUIT PEOPLE.
IT WAS ACTUALLY MY IDEA THAT RDA SHOULD REACH OUT MORE
ASSERTIVELY TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND SO I THINK THAT WILL
BE A TARGET. THAT’S WHY I’M HERE TODAY.
I THOUGHT COMMERCE WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE TO START WITH THE K
K.C. CDAC AND I HELP YOU CAN GET
THE WORD OUT ABOUT RDA AND ITS RELEVANCE TO YOUR
ORGANIZATIONS, SO I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO MOVE MORE IN
THAT DIRECTION, ACADEMIA IS WELL REPRESENTED, GOVERNMENT IS
WELL REPRESENTED. BUT THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS RATHER
POORLY REPRESENTED. >>MAYBE AT THE INTEREST GROUP
LEVEL, I’M TRYING TO NARROW THE FOCUS, IF YOU LOOKED AT THE
INTEREST GROUP LEVEL AND SAID I HAVE 100% RESEARCH IN ACADEMICS, INTEREST GROUP, I
COULD USE COMPANIES INTERESTED IN THIS WORKING GROUP, IF YOU
GAVE US THAT KIND OF INFORMATION I THINK WE COULD
HELP MORE SPECIFICALLY THAN SORT OF A GENERAL REQUEST AND
SO THAT WOULD BE MY SUGGESTION.
>>AROUND THE COMMENT CHRIS MADE ABOUT LICENSING, THAT’S WHERE
WE COULD USE DEFINITE PRIVATE SECTOR INPUTS ON WHAT SORT OF
LICENSING YOU FIND OKAY, WHAT KIND OF LICENSING YOU FIND NOT
OKAY. WE DO HAVE INTEREST GROUPS AND
WORKING GROUPS AROUND THINGS LIKE LICENSING AND LEGAL ISSUES,
SO BUT AGAIN MOST OF THE PEOPLE AT RDA COME FROM THE
ACADEMIC OR PUBLIC SERVICE SIDE OF THINGS.
THEY DON’T TEND TO THINK ABOUT THESE ISSUES VERY MUCH.
>> YEAH, YEAH. I UNDERSTAND.
AND I WOULD TELL YOU TOO THE COMMENT OF HAVING SERVICES BUILT
ON TOP OF A PLATFORM WITHOUT A KNOWN DURABLE PLATFORM, VERY
HARD FOR A COMPANY TO SAY, OR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL, TO SAY I’M
GOING TO WRITE AN APP ON A PLATFORM I DON’T KNOW WILL BE
AROUND IN A FEW MONTHS, RIGHT? SO SOLIDIFYING THE SUSTAINABLE
INFRASTRUCTURE, PROBABLY A PRIORITY.
>> THEN JACK. >> YOU JUST SAID IT, WHAT IS A
PLATFORM, THE CLOUD PLATFORM. >>THERE IS NO — RDA DOESN’T
ACTUALLY RUN INFRASTRUCTURE. IT MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT
THINGS THAT RUN ON TOP OF INFRASTRUCTURES THAT ARE HOSTED
BY THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE MEMBERS
>>BUT YOUR WEBSITE IS RUNNING ON SOMETHING.
>>SO THE RDA INTERNATIONAL IS ACTUALLY A NON-PROFIT
ORGANIZATION THAT IS IN ENGLAND. THERE’S AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
PEOPLE WHO PROVID ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT, THERE’S
NO I.T. INFRASTRUCTURE BEYOND THE WEBSITE AND I THINK THAT’S
HOSTED BY ONE OF THE MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS IN RDA EUROPE
>>HOSTING OF DATA, METADATA THAT GOES BACK TO THE SOURCE.
>>THAT’S RIGHT. >>CLEARINGHOUSE CONCEPT.
>>YEP. >> LIBRARIES.
>>AND THAT TOO FOLLOWS FROM OUR EXPERIENCE IN THE ASTRONOMY COMMUNITY, WE
DID NOT TRY TO AGGRAVATE DATA PHYSICALLY IN ONE PLACE BECAUSE
THERE’S CURATION AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT DATA THAT RESIDES IN A
HOST ORGANIZATION. >>WHERE THE WORLD IS TODAY WITH
REST INTERFACES, AVAILABILITY TO HAVE FEDERATED DISTRIBUTED AND
BROUGHT TOGETHER, INTO A HOSTED INFRASTRUCTURE AS WE’RE TALKING
ABOUT SO IF THERE WAS A WEB CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE WE
PEOPLE COULD SEARCH YOUR SITE AND DATA WOULD BE UPLOADED AND
MANIPULATABLE, JUST AS ARCHITECTURE, MIGHT BE THE NEXT
STEP BUT THAT REQUIRES MONEY OR SPONSORSHIP SO IF THAT WAS —
NOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT OKAY MAYBE ONE OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE
PROVIDERS MAY WANT TO DONATE THAT OR PROVIDE IT AS A SERVICE
OR SALE THAT YOU IS SEARCH FOR FREE BUT NOW DOWNLOADING AND
THEN THERE’S THE OPPORTUNITY FOR TOOLS, 120
DIFFERENT DATA TYPES, STARTS TO GET COMPLICATED.
>>BUT WHAT YOU’RE DESCRIBING IS EXACTLY THE APPROACH WE’RE
TAKING AT NIST, FOR DISSEMINATING OUR DATA PRODUCTS.>>RIGHT.
>> AND WE WILL DO THAT AT NIST, BUILDING UPON RDA AGREEMENTS
WHETHER WE CAN, SO THAT’S WHERE I SEE THIS.
>>DATA.GOV AND WHAT NOAA IS TRYING TO DO WITH HOSTED, AMAZON
STATIONS, INFORMATION, AND SO THIS IS SORT OF EXPERIMENTAL, THE IDEA OF DATA.GOV, THE NEW STYLE IS
HAVING IT RUN SOMEPLACE AND BEING ABLE TO USE IT DIRECTLY. VISUALIZATION-READY DATA, SOME
WAY IT’S STAGED, IT’S BECOME MORE VALUABLE DATA, TO SAY YOU
HAVE A MILLION REFERENCE DATASETS, MAYBE THERE’S 5%
MANIPULATABLE IN THIS DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT, NOW FROM THE
INFRASTRUCTURE PROVIDER YOU COULD MAYBE HAVE ONE OR MORE,
PICK ONE, THERE’S A SPONSOR. WHAT DO THEY GET IN RETURN?
MAYBE THEIR LOGO IS ON.
WHATEVER IT IS. THAT MESSAGING OUT TO YOUR
COMMUNITY, IT’S A SMALL COMMUNITY, MAYBE NOT THAT SMALL
BUT INFLUENTIAL CONTENT PROVIDING COMMUNITY RESEARCHERS,
MAYBE THE MESSAGING COULD BE CHARGED FOR THAT.
THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIFIC, BOB, I WANTED TO MENTION.
START THINKING ABOUT DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SPONSORSHIP, A
THOUSAND DOLLAR SPONSOR, $5,000, $10,000, $50,000 SPONSOR OR
SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THE WAY YOU START TO GET, AND WHAT DO YOU
GET SPORE THE SPONSORSHIP, SMALL LABEL, A BIG LABEL, A
SPEAKER AT YOUR CONFERENCE, RESEARCHER.
A GIVE-GET PROPOSITION BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PROGRAM FOR IT SO
JUMPING AHEAD PRETENDING LIKE YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE,
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS. FOR IN FACTS TIERED SPONSORSHIP
LEVELS. IT’S BASED RIGHT NOW SIMPLY ON
THE SIZE OF THE ORGANIZATION.
WELL, I TOLD THEM IT WOULDN’T WORK FOR NIST BECAUSE FOR US IT
WOULD HAVE BEEN COST US $500, 000, AND NO WAY IS THAT GOING
TO GO TO THE FOREIGN NOT FOR PROFIT COMPANY.
>>IT’S GOT TO BE A GIVE-GIVE PROPOSITION, PAY FOR WHAT YOU GET.
>>FINAL COMMENTS, DANIEL? >>LOOKING THROUGH THE WEBSITE,
SOME DIFFERENT PROJECTS, I WAS LOOKING AT SOME DIFFERENT
THINGS THAT CAME THROUGH GOVERNMENT, IT SEEMS LIKE
THERE’S PARTNERSHIPS GOING THROUGH U.S. AGENCIES, EUROPEAN
AGENCIES AROUND RESEARCH DATA, HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF RDA.
AND I’M CURIOUS KIND OF MAYBE FROM YOUR VANTAGE POINT WHEN DO
YOU SEE PEOPLE COMING INTO RDA AND USING IT AND ALSO WOULD
THERE BE A WAY OR WOULD IT BE USEFUL TO MAKE RDA THE HOME,
EVEN FOR THESE KIND OF GOVERNMENT TO
GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATIONS SO WONDERS THE PUBLIC RECORD WHAT
DATA IS BEING PUT OUT AND WHY AND ALSO SO THAT INSTEAD OF
HAVING TYPICAL REQUEST FOR COMMENT ABOUT HOW THEY SHOULD
BE DOING THIS DATA SHARING AGREEMENT YOU CAN HAVE
RESEARCHERS PROVIDING FEEDBACK ALONG THE WAY, IT’S ALL DONE
TRANSPARENTLY, AND WITH A LITTLE MORE I GUESS PUBLIC FORUM.
>> I THINK THAT’S A GREAT SUGGESTION.
THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN RDA WHO ARE ALSO
INVOLVED IN THESE OTHER GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT OR
OTHER COLLABORATIONS. BRINGING MORE OF THOSE THINGS
INTO THE RDA FRAMEWORK I THINK IS A GOOD IDEA, THAT’S WHY WE’RE
DOING THIS MATERIALS RESOURCE REGISTRY IN THE CONTEXT OF RDA,
BECAUSE WE COULD JUST STAND IT UP OURSELVES AND SAY, ALL
RIGHT, FOLKS, BRING YOUR STUFF IN.
WE FELT BUILDING THAT CONSENSUS AROUND THE INTERNATIONAL BODY
MADE MORE SENSE, THAT WAS MY EXPERIENCE TOO IN THE ASTRONOMY
COMMUNITY. HERE IT IS, WE’VE GOT IT FIGURED
OUT AND PEOPLE WEREN’T PART OF THAT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS THEY
WILL TEND NOT TO WANT TO COME ON BOARD WITH YOU.
SO I SEE RDA REALLY AS THIS CATALYST FOR BRINGING THESE
ORGANIZATIONS TOGETHER AND REACHING CONSENSUS.
THAT DOES TAKE TIME. I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I MET
AND TOLD YOU ABOUT MY 12-24 MONTH PLAN,
THAT’S AN ETERNITY, FROM A PRIVATE SECTOR PERSPECTIVE.
BUT THESE ARE BIG, YOU KNOW, AGREEMENTS THAT REQUIRE HAVING A
LOT OF INTERESTED PARTIES AT THE TABLE, AND THEY DO TAKE
SOME TIME, MAYBE WE NORMALIZED EXPECTATIONS.
>>YES AND NO. THANK YOU FOR THE COMMENT, AND
THANK YOU FOR COMING. >>IS THERE ANYBODY POPPING UP? >>NOTHING.
>>SO WE HAVE A LONG PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION.
WE ONLY REALLY HAVE TO DO TEN MINUTES.
I’M GOING TO ASK US TO GO GET LUNCH, WE’LL COME BACK AT 12:15,
IF WE’VE GOTTEN ANY COMMENTS IN THE LAST SEVEN MINUTES WE’LL
ANSWER THEM. BUT IF NOT, LIKELY NOT, WE’LL
MOVE TO THE LAST TWO SESSIONS WE’LL BE DISCUSSING, FUTURE OF
CDAC AND RECOMMENDATIONS AND WE’LL ADJOURN THE MEETING.
SO LUNCH IS IN THE CORNER, IF WE’LL WANT TO GET LUNCH WE’LL
TAKE A QUICK BREAK HERE. (RECESS) .
>>WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT DISCUSSION ABOUT OUR MEETINGS,
OUR COUNCIL, SO PLEASE COME BACK TO THE TABLE IF YOU WILL.
>> WE NEED A GAVEL. >>I DIDN’T BRING MY GAVEL.
I’LL HAVE IT NEXT TIME. SO WE CAN WRAP UP AND HAVE A FINAL CONVERSATION. >>WE’RE GOING TO GET STARTED.
MANY FOLKS ARE TRAVELING, I’LL SPEND 20 OR 30 MINUTES BEFORE WE
LOSE SOME MEMBERS. TWO BIG ITEMS LEFT, SUMMARY OF
REACTION ITEMS, ONE IS DISCUSSION OF FUTURE OF CDAC.
BECAUSE MEMBERS ARE LEAVING, I WANT TO DO THAT FUTURE OF THE
CDAC FIRST AND THEN WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO SUMMARIZE.
WE’VE HAD MANY WAYS OF ATTEMPTING TO DIGEST THE BEST
ACTION ITEMS FROM THE DISCUSSION IN PREVIOUS MEETINGS, SOME
HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. WE HAD A COUPL BIG MISSTEPS,
INTERESTING E-MAIL CHANGE, WE MESSED UP AT LEAST ONCE.
I’LL TRY TO DIGEST THE BEST, TOP THREE OR FIVE TAKEAWAY LAST
NIGHT FROM YESTERDAY. OTHER THAN HOW THINGS SHOULD BE
DONE NO OR BETTER, NOT NECESSARILY WHAT,
THE PRODUCT M.O.s WERE THERE 30 THINGS SUGGESTED BUT A LOT
DON’T NEED TO BE REHASHED AS OFFICIAL
RECOMMENDATION. I’M GOING TO DIGEST THOSE AND
HERE IS A CRAZY IDEA, BEFORE WE LOSE EVERYONE I MAY ASK TO GO
AROUND THE HORN ONE BIG TAKEAWAY, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO
PASS BUT I’LL ASK THAT QUESTION OF EVERY MEMBER BEFORE WE
LEAVE. THINK ABOUT THAT IN ADVANCE.
I DO WANT TO THEN TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE CDAC.
THE GOVERNING STRUCTURE IS A FUNNY THING, PURPOSE, NUMBER OF
MEMBERS, HOW MANY, HOW OFTEN WE MEET, NOT JUST BEHIND THE
SCENES FOR LIVE STREAM AND PRINTING BUT MAKING THE TIME
PRODUCTIVE. I’M GRATEFUL FOR INSIGHTS,
RECOMMENDATIONS WE’RE BETTER OFF BECAUSE OF WHAT DANIEL AND KIM
PROVIDED AND THERE’S THAT QUESTION OF WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
FOR THAT LEADERSHIP OF THE CDAC, WE’VE ON SOME LEVEL SHOULD ASK
QUESTIONS IF IT SHOULD CONTINUE, WHY NOT CHALLENGE
THAT AT ITS CORE AND GET INTO WHY SHOULD IT STICK AROUND, IF
IT DOES, AND HOW THEY THAT BE FOCUSED AND ORGANIZED.
THAT’S MY TEE UP. OPEN DISCUSSION, I’LL START WITH
CO-CHAIRS, ANY INITIAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CDAC 2.0 AND
OPEN FOR DISCUSS.
KIM? >>WORKING LUNCH, YES.
>> SO I DO THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT CDAC CONTINUES.
I THINK IN THE SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN
MADE ARE VERY OPTIMISTIC CHANGES FOR THE ULTIMATE GOAL. I DON’T THINK THE MAGNITUDE OF
WHAT IS BEING UNDERTAKEN IS A ONE-YEAR DEAL, OR EVEN A
TWO-YEAR DEAL. I ALSO DON’T THINK THE MATURITY OF DATA AND ANALYTICS IN ITS END
STATE IS FULLY MATURE. WE’RE GOING TO SEE A LOT MORE
IMPROVEMENT THAT CAN BE DONE, IN THE NEXT, YOU KNOW, FIVE
YEARS. SO IT SEEMS TO ME THE GOVERNMENT
JUST LIKE EVERY BUSINESS WOULD NEED TO BE ABLE TO TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THOSE CHANGES. I WOULD BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THE
CONTINUATION, POST-ADMINISTRATION CHANGE.
CDAC. >> WHEN DOES IT ACTUALLY END?
>>JANUARY 20, IT’S A FRIDAY. >>TO YOUR QUESTION, THE CDAC IS
CHARTERED THROUGH FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, WE’RE RENEWING THE
CHARTER FOR A NEW TWO-YEAR TERM, WHICH WOULD TAKE IT TO 2018.
>>FEBRUARY OF 2016, ARE WE PASTED IT?
>>17. >>OCTOBER OF 2017.
CDAC MEMBERS ARE ON THE COMMITTEE TO MARCH OF 2017.
IT CAN BE EXTENDED. YOU CAN BE EXTENDED FOR TWO
YEARS. WE’RE IN THE PROCESS OF — WE
CHARTER IN THE COMMITTEE SO IT DID EXTEND FOR TWO YEARS
STARTING IN OCTOBER, OCTOBER OF 2016.
>>DANIEL? >>YES.
I CERTAINLY AGREE THERE’S A NEED TO CONTINUE AS LONG AS THERE
IS — WE DON’T HAVE A COMMERCE — THERE’S CERTAINLY TECHNOLOGIES ARE
NECESSARY. HOW IT MIGHT CHANGE, IN THE
FUTURE INCORPORATING ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK, I THINK ONE THING IN
PARTICULAR THAT I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT, I THINK IT’S
COME OUT IN THIS MEETING THROUGH VARIOUS COMMENTS PEOPLE MADE
IS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HOW WE CAN FORMALIZE OR HOW CONGRESS CAN
FORMALIZE THE PROCESS FOR RECEIVING PROPOSALS, IN SOME
FORM OR ANOTHER, WHETHER IT’S, YOU KNOW, INDUSTRY PROPOSALS TO
DO A CERTAIN PROJECT, RESEARCH PROPOSALS, INDIVIDUALS SAYING
HERE IS A PROJECT I’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER ON BUT STREAMLINE THIS
PROCESS OF HOW EXACTLY SOMEONE APPROACHES COMMERCE DEPARTMENT
OR THE DIFFERENT BUREAUS, WITH A PROPOSAL, PART IS WHAT
JUSTIN WAS TALKING ABOUT YESTERDAY, MAKING IT CLEAR THE
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND THERE ARE ALL
THESE DIFFERENT METHODS OF ENGAGING.
BUT ALSO JUST LOOKING AT HOW ELSE — THERE IS A SEPARATION
BETWEEN WHAT THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES OR STAFF
MIGHT DECIDE ARE THE RIGHT PRIORITIES VERSUS WHAT AN
EXTERNAL REVIEW PARTY MIGHT SAY IS THE RIGHT PRIORITY, AND THAT
THERE’S A ROLE IN THE FUTURE FOR CDAC OR SOMETHING LIKE IT
TO BE PROVIDING FEEDBACK ON ANY PROPOSAL THAT COMMERCE IS
RECEIVING. TO BE ABLE TO SAY AS OUTSIDE
RESEARCH COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE, I THINK THIS IS
THE KIND OF PROPOSAL YOU SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON.
INDUSTRY IS SAYING THIS TYPE OF THING YOU SHOULD FOCUS ON OR
PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO SAY WHAT MIGHT GO WRONG OR MORE RIGHT,
THAT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT AS WELL.
>> ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS OR FEEDBACK?
>>ARE WE MOVING TO HOW SHOULD WE DO BUSINESS OR DOES —
>>CERTAINLY, YEAH. >>OR JUST ON WHETHER WE SHOULD?
>>ONE POINT, SELFISHLY THE REASON I CAME I WANTED TO LEARN
WHAT THE HECK YOU WERE UP TO BECAUSE IT’S CONFUSING.
I THINK THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. SHOULD CONTINUE IS, YOU KNOW,
HOW IS IT — WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF METRICS OF
USEFULNESS, WHICH IS TO SAY WE CAN ALL TALK ABOUT THINGS WE’VE
LEARNED FROM IT WHICH IS LIKE OUR SELFISH DESIRES TO MAKE
SENSE OF THINGS AND THERE MAY BE BUSINESS INTERESTS AND
MOTIVATIONS AROUND THE TABLE BUT THERE’S DIFFERENT THINGS ABOUT
WHAT YOU’RE SEEING ON THE INSIDE ABOUT WHAT IS EFFECTIVE
OR NOT. WHICH IS TO SAY THERE ARE
CERTAIN REASONS AN ADVISORY COUNCIL CAN EXIST IN GENERAL.
ONE IS TO LEGITIMIZE, RIGHT, STUFF YOU’RE ALREADY DOING, AND
I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. SOMETIMES YOU SAYING IT’S NOT AS
EFFECTIVE AS US SAYING, I GUESS THAT.
ACKNOWLEDGING THAT PART OF THE GOAL.
SOME TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL COUNSEL ON SOMETHING MEANINGFUL,
I DON’T FEEL LIKE THAT’S WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING TO DATE.
I DON’T KNOW THAT’S A BAD THINGS, A LITTLE BIT HERE AND
THERE, AS OPPOSED TO STRATEGIC, YOU KNOW, DIRECTION
CONVERSATION. ANOTHER TO PROVIDE AN EXPERTISE
THAT IS OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE IN HOUSE.
WE HAVE A COUPLE CONVERSATIONS WITH THAT.
A LOT IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT IS AND HOW EFFECTIVE
ARE WE BEING AT THOSE THINGS? THAT’S WHAT SOMETIMES IS THE
MISSING ELEMENT WHERE IT’S JUST LIKE, OH, TELL US WHAT WE
SHOULD DO. WE’RE LIKE, SMILE, BLINK, UM,
NOT SURE. THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE LIKE
DIFFERENT KINDS OF EXPECTATIONS, IF THIS WERE TO CONTINUE I
THINK BEING A LITTLE BIT CLEARER ON WHAT ARE THE, YOU
KNOW, VALUES ON EACH SIDE OF THE EQUATION, YOU KNOW, FOR US
AND YOU GUYS THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT TO THE NEXT STAGE.
>> IT’S ENCUNBENT ON US, WE NEED
TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DEVELOP THAT MODEL OUT FURTHER SO YOU HAVE MORE TO COMMENT ON INSTEAD
OF THE FIRST TIME. >>IS THAT THE BEST?
>>ALSO ONE PILLAR THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT.
>>BUT I THINK IT’S ACKNOWLEDGING AND UNDERSTANDING
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT VALUES AND BEST USE OF EVERYBODY’S TIME.
NOT SAYING ONE IS RIGHT OR WRONG.
JUST THAT CLARITY.
>>I WOULD SECOND WHAT’S BEING SAID THERE.
THE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE, ENABLING
INSTITUTION VERSUS IMPLEMENTER VERSUS DEMONSTRATION INSTITUTION
GETS TO THAT AS WELL. I THINK THAT WOULD — FIRMING
THAT UP AND GOING FORWARD UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE WANT TO
ACHIEVE THERE WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL TO KNOW THE TIMES OF —
BECAUSE WE CAN GOOD GIVE ADVICE LIKE WE DID YESTERDAY LOOKING
AT PILOT PROJECTS BUT I DO FEEL THAT SOME EXTENT, LIKE TALKING
ABOUT SOME LEGISLATION STUFF, AND HOW THIS STUFF IS FUNDED,
AND YOU’RE FUNDED, AND CLEARLY MARKETING YOUR ORGANIZATION AND
MARKETING VALUE OF THIS IS IMPORTANT TO YOU GUYS.
AND A LOT OF THAT IS LEGISLATIVE AND HEAVY LIFTING THAT WE
DON’T TALK ABOUT HERE. WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT THAT HERE. AND BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE WE
DON’T TALK — SHOULD WE TALK ABOUT — YOU’RE A SERVICE
ORGANIZATION, YOU OFFER YOUR SERVICES AND EXPECT, YOU KNOW,
COMPENSATION FROM THE ORGANIZATION YOU CONTRACT WITH. THAT DOESN’T SEEM IN THE GRAND
SCHEME OF THINGS, IT SEEMS LIKES ORGANIZATIONS THAT FUND DATA
SHOULD ALSO PAY A TAX ON THAT AND SAY, WELL, PART OF THAT IS,
YOU KNOW, IF WE’RE GOING TO COLLECT WEATHER DATA, I DON’T
KNOW, 3% GOES TO DATA INFRASTRUCTURE TO COLLECT THAT
DATA AND MAKE IT OPEN AND IT HAS TO BE OPEN, MACHINE READABLE. AND THEN PART OF THAT TAX IN THE
COMMERCE PROGRAM WOULD GO TO A CENTRAL ORGANIZATION THAT
HELPS CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES MAKE THAT HAPPEN AND CDS WOULD BE
THE OR ONE OF THE CROSS-CUTTING ORGANIZATIONS THERE.
IT FEELS LIKE WE COULD BE MORE HELPFUL GETTING THAT INTO
LEGISLATION AND FUNDING FIGURED OUT RATHER THAN YOU GUYS TRYING
TO BE SCRAPPY AND HELP WHERE YOU CAN GIVEN THE STRUCTURE TO
WORK WITH. AND THEN I DO ALSO THINK THAT
THINKING THROUGH — IF OUR GOAL IS TO FOSTER — INCREASE USAGE
OF COMMERCE DATA WE COULD BE A BIT FOR INTENTIONAL ABOUT THAT,
LIKE ACTUALLY UNDERSTANDING THE ROAD BLOCKS, MORE OF THE
ROAD BLOCKS THAT PEOPLE ENCOUNTER, IN KNOCKING THOSE
OFF. THAT’S HOW WE WOULD HANDLE IT IN
THE PRIVATE SECTOR, SAY, OKAY, WELL LET’S DO SURVEYS, FIND
OUT — IF WE WERE TO DO THAT WE MIGHT DEVOTE MORE ATTENTION TO
FOR EXAMPLE DATA.GOV, HOW DO PEOPLE FIND THE DATA?
AND I THINK SOMETIMES WE DENIGRATE DATA.GOV, BUT THE IDEA
OF PUTTING A CATALOG OF EVERYTHING YOU COULD GET AND HOW
TO FIND STUFF IN THE CATALOG IS IMPORTANT.
AND, YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW MAYBE THAT WOULD BE AN
INTERESTING USE FOR THE DATA SCIENCE RESEARCH OF CDS MORE
LIKE NATURAL NLT TYPE STUFF. I WEPT TO DATA.GOV AND TYPED IN
HOUSING, I GOT BACK (INDISCERNIBLE), OUT OF 68,000
DATASETS IN THAT REPOSITORY, I KNOW FOR SURE THAT THERE’S ACS
DATA THAT ADDRESSES REAL ESTATE AND HOUSING, BUT DOESN’T
SURFACE THERE. THAT’S A REAL PROBLEM.
EACH PAGES IN DATA.GOV LINKS TO THE CODE BOOKS AND APIs AND
DEVELOPER DOCUMENTATION, FEELS LIKE THAT WOULD BE REALLY FRUITFUL
GETTING MORE POPULATIONS USING COMMERCE DATASET.
>>THE OTHER THING BUILDING OFF THAT, THE QUESTION OF WHAT
SKILL SETS SHOULD BE AT THE TABLE, DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU
WANT FROM US. WHICH IS TO SAY IT’S AN
INTERESTING COLLECTION OF FOLKS AT THIS TABLE BUT IF YOU’RE
GOING TO GO IN SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS OR NEED HELP IN A
SPECIFIC AREA MAYBE IT’S ABOUT BRINGING IN BEST IN CLASS
USABILITY, MAYBE BRINGING BEST IN CLASS MARKETING, MAYBE IT’S
ABOUT BEING BEST IN CLASS POLICY, DIFFERENT FORMS THAT MAY
NOT JUST BE ALL OF US WHO ARE, YOU KNOW, MORE GENERALISTS OR
MORE IN OTHER AREAS. >> YEAH, IT IS THE CHICKEN AND
EGG PROBLEM AND VITAL FOR FEEDBACK.
TO DIRECTLY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IS THAT SCOPE, HOW
DO WE SET UP THE CDAC FOR SUCCESS, AT ITS CORE THERE IS
NOT UNIVERSAL AGREEMENT ABOUT WHETHER WE SHOULD BE ALLOWED, AN R&D,
TRYING TO BE DIFFERENT THINGS TO SEE WHAT STICKS BUT ON SOME
LEVEL DEMONSTRATED IT’S ALL VALUABLE IN ITS OWN SPECIAL WAY,
WHICH SHOULD WE PRIORITIZE FIRST AND THEY BECOMES A DATA
DERIVATIVE QUESTION, GETTING FOLKS FOR EXAMPLE (
INDISCERNIBLE) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE, IF IT’S ONLY A MARKETING
QUESTION WE NEED MARKETERS. ALLEN WAS UNABLE TO JOIN US
TODAY, I’LL SHARE THIS IN HIS ABSENCE, WHAT THIS PARTICULAR
COUNCIL IS VERY GOOD AT IS EXECUTIVE STRATEGY, WITH
SPONTANEOUS BOUTS OF PRODUCT MARKETING, TECHNICAL FEEDBACK,
API DEVELOPMENT AND RECRUITING SUPPORT.
51% IS STRATEGY, WHICH BY THE WAY IS NOT NECESSARILY A BAD
THING FOR THE NATURE OF THE START-UP AND WHERE PENNY WAS
WITH HER LEADERSHIP. FAIR QUESTION, WE HIT THE MAJOR
TOP LEVEL GOOD ASPECTS OF STRATEGY ALREADY, A QUESTION OF
EXECUTION, DO WE WANT TO SHIFT AWAY FROM WHAT IS GOOD, DEFINE
WHAT’S GOOD, IN THE FOUR MEETINGS, PICK A NUMBER, 30
HOURS OF TIME SPENT TOGETHER, WE’VE DEFINED GOOD, NOW HOW DO
YOU EXECUTE ON THAT NOW, AND THAT EXECUTION PROBABLY HAS MORE
TO DO WITH THINGS LIKE PRODUCTS, MORE TO DO WITH
MARKETING, RECRUITING, PROCUREMENT, LOWER CASE P, AND
SO THAT EXTENT THERE’S PROBABLY SOME LEVEL OF TRANSITION, IN
METHODS, LEADERSHIP, CDAC LEADERSHIP THAT I THINK IS FAIR
BUT AT THE SAME POINT THERE’S A TIME LAG ON THAT, AND THEN
OUR TRANSITION FROM BOARD OF ADVISERS, STRATEGY BOARD OF
ADVISERS, EXECUTION, ON SOME LEVEL I DON’T THINK WE’RE GOING
TO MOVE AS FAST BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT AS WE WOULD LIKE, AS
A CONCEPT, WE SHOULD FOR CHANGE MANAGEMENT, LONGEVITY,
AND PARTICULARLY SENSITIVE MARKET CONTEXT WITH THE
PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION, THE IMPACT THERE PROBABLY CANNOT BE
UNDERSTATED IN TERMS OF STRATEGY.
NOT THE PEOPLE. BUT THE STRATEGY SIDE.
THAT IS AN AREA WHERE WE REALLY NEED SUPPORT.
SO, YEAH, I HEAR YOUR POINT BUT I GUESS MY FEEDBACK IS BECAUSE
WE DON’T HAVE CERTAINTY ON THE ANSWER, ON SOME LEVEL I THINK
PROBABLY IT MAKES SENSE TO CONTINUE A SKELETON OF WHAT WE
HAVE NOW. >>THE QUESTION THEN, ABOUT
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AROUND CDAC, MAYBE IT IS ABOUT
BRINGING IN THE STRATEGY OF THE CORE MEMBERS BUT THINKING
ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS AND MEETINGS, BRINGING IN OUTSIDERS
TO SPECIFICALLY DRILL ON SOME THINGS, NOT JUST COUNCIL
MEMBERS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE
LIMITATIONS ARE. >>THE WORKING GROUP PROVIDES —
THERE IS A WAY TO DO THAT. >>
>>THINKING ABOUT THOSE PIECES AS YOU THINK ABOUT THE NEXT
STAGE. >>THIS IS A PERFECT TIME TO DO
THAT. IF YOU LOOK WHERE WE’VE BEEN IN
THE LAST YEAR, THE DATA SERVICES HAVE BEEN OPERATIONAL
FOR FOUR MONTHS. WE DIDN’T HAVE A FULL TEAM UNTIL
END OF JANUARY, SO WE’RE STILL RECRUITING.
NOW THAT WE’VE GOT SOME PROJECTS, GETTING SOME KIND OF,
YOU KNOW, WHERE CAN WE TAKE THIS, WE’VE GOT THE BUREAU
RELATIONSHIPS BUILDING UP, IT’S A GREAT TIME TO THINK ABOUT
WHAT WE NEED THERE CDAC MEMBERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE AND
TO YOUR POINT, STAN, ON THE BUDGET PLAY WITH CONGRESS
THERE’S A LOT OF SENSITIVITY BUT WE MAY BE IN A PLACE WHERE
WE CAN USE YOU GUYS DIRECTLY ON THAT STUFF IN THE NEAR FUTURE. SO IT’S A GOOD HIGHLIGHT.
>> WHAT DID YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAID CLARITY AROUND THE ANSWER? DID YOU MEAN CLARITY AROUND WHAT
THE OBJECTIVE OF CDAC OR CDS OR —
>>I DON’T REMEMBER WHEN I SAID THAT BUT I WILL REFLECT THAT
THE DATA PILLAR MAY OR MAY NOT CONTINUE, AS A PRIME OBJECTIVE
OF THE DEPARTMENT FROM A SECRETARIAL OBJECTIVE.
THE CDS IS A VERY, VERY REASONABLE PART, 47,000
EMPLOYEES, WHO ARE EASILY 20% ARE PUBLISHING DATA EVERY WEEK
ON SOME CAPACITY, SOME LEVEL, CONTRIBUTING TO SUPPORTING IT.
AND SO YOU LOOK AT THAT KIND OF SCALE, PARTICULARLY NOAA, YOU
LOOK AT THE SCALE, WOW, WHAT IS THE ONE STRATEGY?
WHAT IS THE ONE ORGANIZATION ON THAT?
THERE IS SOME LEVEL OF DISAGREEMENT AS TO SHOULD THERE
BE EVEN A SHARED SERVICE, EVEN THAT’S CONTENTIOUS TO BE
HONEST. THAT’S WHAT I MEANT, ON SOME
LEVEL BECAUSE THE WHOLE IDEA, YOUR WHOLE EXISTENCE IS
CONTENTIOUS ON SOME LEVEL IT DOES DRAW OUT THE FACT OUR SCOPE
OF WORK IN THE DEPARTMENT IS EVOLVING.
DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? I’M TRYING TO LOOKING TO CDAC
GOALS, OUR MISSION IS NOT ENTIRELY CLEAR .
IT’S REALLY JUST ADVICE AROUND AREAS, BUT WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO
MOVE, THE METRIC WE’RE TRYING TO MOVE IS NOT IDENTIFIED.
CONTINUALLY WORKING TO IMPROVE IN DELIVERY OF SERVICES, HELP
AND IT LISTS DIFFERENT AREAS BUT DOESN’T ACTUALLY SAY WHAT
WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS IMPROVE THE UTILIZATION OR ACCESS OF
COMMERCE DATA WHICH I GUESS MAYBE THAT’S WHAT I’VE
INTERPRETED. >>IT’S IN THE SUBBULLETS BUT
THE HIGH LEVEL MISSION WAS DEFINED BY FOLKS WHO ARE NOT
HERE NOW. BUT THAT’S ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY. IF YOU THINK AS SIMPLE AS
REDEFINE THE SCOPE, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.
>>WE CAN ALWAYS DO THAT. >>DANIEL.
>>YOU HAVE ON THE AGENDA THINKING ABOUT NEW MEMBERS,
STILL NOT COMPLETELY CLEAR IF, YOU KNOW, MAYBE FROM, YOU KNOW,
IAN AND BURTON AND ALL OF YOU MIGHT REFLECT ON THIS, IS THERE
AN AREA WHERE YOU THINK THERE’S A GAP IN EXPERTISE IN THE
CURRENT CDAC MEMBERSHIP WHERE, YOU KNOW, YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE
EXPERTISE IN THE MONTHS AHEAD THAT WE CAN MAYBE HELP MAKE
SUGGESTION FOR WHO COULD FILL THAT? >>I DON’T KNOW THAT I’D SAY
WE’VE GOT A GAP ON THE COUNCIL AS IT CURRENTLY IS CONSTITUTED
BUT WE DO HAVE A GREAT NEED FOR MARKETING HELP IN THE NEXT
THREE TO SIX MONTHS. INTERNAL MARKETING.
>>I’M GOING TO JUMP IN AS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOING.
SORRY. A GAP HAS BEEN I THINK IN MY
MIND IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT PLACES, A REAL FOCUS ON
USABILITY OF THE SETS AND HAVING A REAL DELIBERATE USER INTERFACE, USER
EXPERIENCE, SOMEBODY WHO HAS GOT THAT RIGOR AND EXPERIENCE
ON WHAT YOU SHOULD REALLY BE DOING TO BUILD THAT IN IS AN
INFRASTRUCTURE PIECE I THINK WOULD BE HELPFUL, SOMEBODY LIKE
THAT ON THE BOARD. I THINK EVERYBODY’S GOT THEIR
OWN INSTINCT, MAYBE SOME PEOPLE HAVE HIDDEN SORT OF, YOU KNOW,
SIDELINES FOR USER EXPERIENCE STUFF BUT THAT’S REALLY
IMPORTANT. AND THAT WOULD BE MY THING WHEN
YOU WERE GOING TO GO AROUND THE HORN ABOUT LIKE ONE OF THE
UNIFYING THINGS. I ALSO WANTED TO RESPOND ABOUT
THE QUESTION OF SHOULD WE CONTINUE CDAC, BEATING A DEAD
HORSE, BUT I WOULD RESPOND I THINK WE SHOULD CONTINUE CDAC AS
LONG AS YOU FEEL YOU’RE GETTING VALUE OF IT AND I DON’T
THINK IT’S A QUESTION IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GETTING VALUE
OF IT. I THINK, YOU KNOW, IT’S A NO
BRAINER TO KEEP IT GOING. AND ALSO ABOUT THE WORKING
GROUPS, YOU KNOW THIS ALREADY, BUT I’M ON ANOTHER FACA FOR THE
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, WE LAUNCHED FOUR WORKING GROUPS
WHERE THERE’S A COUPLE CO-LEADERS DRAWN FROM THE
COMMITTEE, AND THEY GO OUT AND FIND THE BEST PEOPLE THAT THEY
NEED AS RESOURCES AND FORM A WORKING GROUP AND REPORT BACK TO
THE BOARD AT THE PLENARY MEETING AND THAT WORKS WELL AND
I THINK PEOPLE ARE EXCITED TO GET OTHER VOICES AT THE TABLE
BESIDES THE ONES OFFICIALLY ON THE COMMITTEE.
>> WE ASKED ABOUT THE BEST IDEAS.
I LIKE THE IDEA YOU WOULD HAVE PRODUCTION SERVICES, THE CATALOG
YOU CAN GIVE TO PEOPLE AND TELL THEM, HERE, THIS IS HOW
YOU’RE HIRED AND GET THINGS DEPLOYED.
THESE ARE SOLUTIONS. NOT ONLY TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS BUT
ALSO INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES. AND THEN YOU WOULD HAVE THE
PROTOTYPING LAB THAT JACK MENTIONED, COULD YOU HAVE
EXTERNAL PROPOSALS COMING IN AND PEOPLE IN THE PROTOTYPING LAB
WOULD WORK ON THOSE AND THIS WAY YOU ALREADY HAVE A BUY IN
FROM PEOPLE THAT WANT THAT API OR WANT THAT TECHNOLOGY AND
THEY CAN’T DO IT BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW THE DATA AS WELL YOU
DO AND ADVISERS WOULD BECOME A MEANS TO A PROPOSAL TO
IMPLEMENT THEM AND MAYBE CO-MATCHING FROM THE OTHERS, SO
THEY ARE INVESTED AND PULLING THEIR OWN WEIGHT AS WELL.
AND THEN ULTIMATELY YOU WOULD HAVE TWO THINGS, AND ULTIMATELY
YOU ALSO HAVE PROTOTYPES BECOMING REAL PRODUCTS.
WITH THE PIPELINE OF HOW YOU INNOVATE THE PRODUCTS.
>> I HAVE SOME IDEAS ON THAT BUT LOST TRACK.
WAS IT JACK? >>I WAS FIRST.
>>SORRY. I WASN’T LOOKING.
>>AND MINE WAS A SHORT ONE. THIS IS SORT OF LIKE AN IDEA FOR
CAPTURING STUFF AS WE’RE GOING ALONG INSTEAD OF A ROUNDUP AT
THE END, I WAS GOING TO ASK A FEW MINUTES AGO.
BRAINSTORMING SORT OF WHITE BOARD WHERE WE CAN BE SEEING
IDEAS AND MASSAGE THEM DURING THE MEETING, NOT AS A FORMAL
SESSION BUT JUST BE ABLE TO VIEW, YOU KNOW, THE TAKEHOME
NOTES, TOGETHER ON A SHARED WHITE BOARD AND I THINK THE PTO
SLIDES WITH THAT WHITE BOARD REMINDED ME, THE POWER OF HAVING
THAT. >>YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, A LITTLE
BIT. >>IT COULD MAINLY BE ONLINE BUT
EVERYONE IN THE ROOM HERE, YOU KNOW, WHERE WE CAN GO UP AND
SCRIBBLE IDEAS TO COME BACK TO WOULD BE HELPFUL.
>>YEAH, DURING THE MEETING AND ALSO AFTER.
OH, YES. EVEN AFTERWARDS AND DURING THAT,
ON SOME LEVEL BECAUSE OF THE STRUCTURE THAT’S ALWAYS OPEN.
BUT NOT AS A PHYSICALLY HELPFUL AS A WHITEBOARD.
JACK? >>CDS EXISTING.
>>YES. >>A BOARD.
I WAS STRUCK BY WHAT STAN SAID, WHAT IS THE MISSION?
AND YOU MENTIONED THAT THERE’S TWO PILLARS, ONE PILLAR IS THE
DATA PILLAR, THAT’S REALLY ALL ABOUT PROMOTING THE USE OF
COMMERCE’S DATA INSIDE OF COMMERCE, INSIDE THE GOVERNMENT
AND BEYOND. THE OTHER IS THIS NOTION OF
BUILDING APPS, BASED ON THE DATA, THESE MIGHT BE YOUR TWO
OPERATING. SO IF THOSE ARE THE TWO THINGS,
WHAT STRATEGY AND WHAT PRODUCT, IT’S AN INTERESTING THING,
THAT DISTINCTION. PRODUCT CO-EVOLVE.
YOUR CO-EVOLVING STRATEGY, AS YOU BUILD DATA PRODUCTS AND AS
YOU BUILD APP PRODUCTS. I LIKE — MY ONE WALK-AWAY FROM
THIS IS THINKING ABOUT CDS AS THIS LAB, THAT FACILITATES
MOTION AND UTILIZESSATION OF CONTENT, EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL,
USE PROJECTS AND PROJECT-BASED LEARNING AS A MECHANISM TO MAKE
THAT REALLY COME ALIVE >>YEAH, THANK YOU.
>>THAT’S A BIG GIFT. >>YEAH, YEAH.
>>THAT I GOT OUT OF THE THIS MEETING, THE LAB.
>> I THINK IT’S BILL, YES? >>YOU KNOW, ONE THREAD THAT I
FEEL LIKE HAS BEEN LOST IS THIS MOTION OF BUILDING AN
ECOSYSTEM. AND WE HEARD BOB TALK ABOUT, HE WAS
HERE WHEN I LAST LOOKED, YOU KNOW, BUILDING AN ECOSYSTEM FOR
USING DATA. SEEMS LIKE OUR CONVERSATION HAS
FLOWED BACK TOWARD BUILDING APPS RATHER THAN AN ECOSYSTEM. I SORT OF FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD BE
MORE ON THE ECOSYSTEM SIDE THAN THE APP SIDE.
HOW DO YOU ENABLE THE ECOSYSTEM? ARE OTHER THINGS THAT WE’RE NOT
TALKING ABOUT SO MUCH, SUCH AS BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
AND THINGS LIKE THAT. I THINK WE’VE LOST THAT THREAD. I DON’T KNOW WHETHER I’M THE
ONLY ONE THAT FEELS THAT WE. >>ECOSYSTEM OF PARTNERS AND
USERS IN THE GOVERNMENT AND BEYOND THE GOVERNMENT?
>>YEAH, THE NOTION THAT WHAT WE’RE SEEKING IS AMPLIFICATION
OF THE COMMERCE DATA, AND WHEN YOU TRY TO DO EVERYTHING
EVERYTHING YOURSELF AND CREATE APPS, AMPLIFICATION FACTOR OF
ONE, YOU BRING IN — IF YOU BUILD THAT ECOSYSTEM YOU GET
AMPLIFICATION OF TEN OR A HUNDRED OR A THOUSAND AND I FEEL
LIKE NOAA HAS DONE THIS QUITE WELL.
A GOOD EXAMPLE.>>VERY STRONG.
>>THEY DO THAT THROUGH EVENTS, ONE IDEA THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE IS
AN EVENT, ANNUAL EVENT, THAT GOES ALONG THE LINE OF INSTITUTIONALIZING.
CENSUS DOES IT, THEY HAVE THE COMMUNITY, IT’S ALL ABOUT
SHARING AND DON’T OVERWIRE IT, THESE PEOPLE SHOW UP, LOVE
HAPPENS. >> YEAH, YEAH.
>> I GUESS I WOULD ADD I THINK THERE ARE STRONG ECOSYSTEMS
AROUND EACH OF THE BUREAUS KIND OF THING, LIKE CENSUS WAS
MENTIONED, NOAA, THE QUESTION MAYBE FOR US, I KNOW TY AND JEFF
AND IAN AND THE TEAM HAVE DONE OUTREACH SPEAKING AT
CONVENTIONS TO DEVELOPERS TRYING TO BUILD THE DEVELOPER
COMMUNITY, SOMETHING FOR US TO THINK ABOUT.
>>HAVE YOUR OWN EVENT AND OWN COMMUNITY.
>> YEAH. >>WHAT’S THE SILVER LINE THAT
PULLS IT TOGETHER?
YOU KNOW. >> TO BRING CLARITY ON THE
BASIC STRUCTURES, INDIVIDUALS, YOU’RE IN MANY WAYS VOLUNTEER,
AND YOU’RE APPOINTED TO THE SECRETARY, NOT TO ME, NOT TO
CONGRESS, RIGHT? YOU’RE HERE BECAUSE YOU CARE.
AND WE AT SOME LEVEL, IT’S
SURPRISING YOU CARE SO MUCH WHAT WE DO ALL DAY.
THAT’S FANTASTIC, A GIFT, WE RECOGNIZE THAT AND WE’RE GRATEFUL.
WITHIN THAT GRATITUDE IS RECOGNITION ON SOME LEVEL TIME
BOUND, SO WE JUST CURIOUS AS TO WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT.
IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON. WE RESPECT THAT.
WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE.
WE’RE DESPERATE FOR RELATIONSHIPS WE BUILT, ON SOME
LEVEL CONTINUE TO BUILD ON VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS YOU’VE
MADE. EVEN THE MOST FUNCTIONAL LEVEL,
IT’S ON THE AGENDA, IF ANYONE — WE HAVE A BULLET, ELECTION
OF NEW CO-CHAIRS, PRESUMPTIVE, I THINK I’VE BEEN WELL GUIDED
BY KIM AND DANIEL, ON SOME LEVEL AS PART OF THEIR GREAT
SERVICE AND THEIR TIME COMMITMENT THEY TOOK TIME OUT
OF THEIR WORK-DAYS TO JOIN CONFERENCE CALLS AND WORKING
GROUPS, GIVE US FEEDBACK, BUT THAT DETAIL PROVIDES THE
MAXIMIZATION OF TIME WE HAVE TOGETHER, ON SOME LEVEL EVEN
DANIEL AND KIM WERE PROBABLY CURIOUS THEMSELVES, HEY, ANYONE
ELSE WANT TO TAKE A SHOT AND HELP ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS
GOING FORWARD? WE’RE GRATEFUL, IF YOU LEAVE WE
UNDERSTAND. IF THIS IS WORTH CONTINUING
FORWARD IS ANYONE INTERESTED? NOW OR PRIVATELY, TO HELP GUIDE
MORE OF THAT FUTURE, I DON’T KNOW, DANIEL, IF YOU WANT TO
OPEN IT UP TO OTHER FOLKS WHO WANT TO TAKE YOUR SPOT.
>>YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. I BELIEVE IN TERM LIMITS.
WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT IT, EVEN IN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,
HOW WE WANT THE CHANGING VOICES AND IDEAS.
IT WOULD BE GOOD EVEN FOR THE COMMITTEE TO HAVE A FEW NEW
PEOPLE STEP UP TO GET NEW PERSPECTIVES
>>I’M BACK TO THE CHICKEN-EGG ELEMENT, WHICH IS TO SAY I THINK
THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP HAS TO COME FROM THE STRATEGY OF HOW
TO MAKE THIS USEFUL. AND THE THING IS I THINK AT THE
END OF THE DAY THAT’S ON YOU GUYS, TO REALLY WORK OUT WHAT IS
NEEDED. BECAUSE I DON’T THINK IT’S A
MATTER OF ANYONE FROM THIS TABLE SETTING THE STRATEGY FOR
Y’ALL. IT’S ABOUT Y’ALL IDENTIFYING
WHAT YOU NEED AND COMING TO US SAYING THESE ARE THE PLACES THAT
WE SEE POSSIBILITY. AND THE QUESTION OF WHAT
LEADERSHIP MATCHES WITH THAT. >>A FAIR POINT.
AND IN THE INTEREST OF TIME LET ME TAKE THAT AS ONE OF MY TOP
ACTION ITEMS, AT THE NEXT MEETING I’LL PERSONALLY BE
CLEAR, WHAT IS OUR — WHAT’S BEEN OUR PATH, THE STRATEGY
WE’RE ON, WHERE WE ARE AT THAT TIME, LOOSELY SAY A FEW MONTHS,
FALL TIME, I’LL THROW SEPTEMBER OUT.
>> WE THINK SEPTEMBER. >>SEPTEMBER, GREAT.
AWESOME. BY SEPTEMBER, CONSENSUS, I WILL
REPORT TO YOU OFFICIALLY WITH A IS OUR PATH GOING FORWARD, OUR
PROPOSAL, OUR SCOPE AND BASED ON THAT LOOK TO YOU ALL FOR
RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT MEMBERSHIP, WORKING GROUPS,
LEADERSHIP, TIME COMMITMENTS, WE HAVE BEEN MEETING FOUR TIMES A
YEAR, SHOULD IT BE ONCE? THERE’S A LOT OF FUNCTIONAL
THINGS THAT CAN FOLLOW BUT YOU’RE RIGHT, IT SHOULD START
WITH SCOPE, FIGURE OUT RESOURCES AND THEN THE SCHEDULE.
OUT OF ORDER IT TENDS TO NOT WORK.
>>”OUR,” CDS OR THE DEPARTMENT? I CANNOT BE — GIVEN THE
EXPERTISE AND SCOPE OF YOUR CHARTER, IT CANNOT BE CDS ONLY. IF JUSTIN AND BRUCE WERE HERE I
WOULD LOOK FOR THE NOD OF APPROVAL, I BELIEVE THAT
STRONGLY, IT’S NOT JUST THE TEAM.
>>”OUR” IS CDAC? >>YES.
>>WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT — IT’S BEEN SOMETHING THAT CAME UP
SEVERAL TIMES, AS WE MOVE TO THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION WE HAVE
A COMMITMENT TO DATA THAT’S IMPORTANT IN THIS
ADMINISTRATION, NOT JUST THE DEPARTMENT BUT ACROSS THE
DEPARTMENT. BUT PROMINENTLY WE NEED TO KEEP
THE COMMITMENT ALIVE, WE NEED CDAC, FOR ANOTHER YEAR+ TO KEEP
THAT COMMITMENT MOVING FORWARD. PERMANENCE OF THIS, IN EVERY
BUREAU THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMMITTED, LIKE TOM BEACH,
PEOPLE LIKE ME, LIKE FOLKS ON JOHN THOMPSON’S STAFF OR BRIAN
MOYER’S STAFF, PEOPLE AT NOAA KEEPING THE DATA ALIVE AND WE
NEED YOUR HELP TO DO THAT BUT IT’S ABOUT THE “OUR” IS THE
DEPARTMENT AND KEEPING THE DATA MISSION FRONT AND CENTER
BECAUSE IT’S SO CRITICAL. >> WHAT WAS THAT?
>>I THINK ABOUT TERM LIMITS. >>IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH
CHANGE OF ADMINISTRATION. I GET YOU’RE EMPHASIZING BUT
WHAT COULD WIPE THIS OUT? >>NEW SECRETARY, NEW
PRIORITIES. >>TOTALLY UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE SECRETARY?
>> THE STRATEGIC PRIORITIZATION,
MODERNIZATION OF DATA SKILLS, THAT IS A REPRIORITIZED RESPONSE
TO PENNY’S LEADERSHIP. >> ONE PILLAR.
>>YOU SAID THAT. >>FIVE PILLARS, ONE IS DATA.
>>ONE OF THEM IS DATA BUT WE’RE ARGUED THIS LAST SUMMER, IT’S
MORE THAN DATA THAT YOU’RE DOING.
YOU’RE BUILDING A WHOLE CULTURE OF MODERNIZATION AND NEW SILOS, DOING THINGS 18F
STYLE, THAT’S THREATENED BY A CHANGE OF AN ADMINISTRATOR, IS
THAT TRUE? >>YES, IT IS.
AND IT’S ALSO TRUE BECAUSE I MEAN WE LOSE A LOT OF
LEADERSHIP, FROM THE SECOND TO IAN TO BRUCE TO THE MANY OTHERS
AT THE END OF THIS YEAR. WE NEED TO KEEP ALIVE THE STAFF
THAT’S BEEN HIRED. FUNDING IN 17 IS AN ISSUE, WE’RE
WORKING THAT OUT. FUNDING LONG-TERM IS AN ISSUE,
WE’RE FINDING DIFFERENT AVENUES TO PURSUE.
IF WE CAN BUILD THIS COMMERCE DATA SERVICE LOOKS AT ONE
DEPARTMENT, AND THE DATA PRODUCED BY ONE DEPARTMENT, NOT
12 SPECIFIC BUREAUS, THAT NECESSARILY NEED TO FOCUS ON
THEIR OWN DATA, THAT’S NOT A BAD THING.
BUT HOW DO YOU TRANSCEND THAT SO YOU HAVE, YOU KNOW, AS JUSTIN
TALKED ABOUT YESTERDAY ONE DEPARTMENT, THAT’S WHAT WE WANT
TO KEEP ALIVE. >>CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROCESS
THAT HAS VISIBILITY, THE BIG ONES, ALSO THE CULTURAL — YOU
CAN DO THE CULTURAL THING AND I GET THAT, IT’S CONTRIBUTIONS
THAT WILL KEEP THIS BOARD THERE. CHANGES, IF YOU’RE DOING WELL
LIKE THE WEATHER SERVICE IS DOING GREAT THINGS.
IS THE LAB — WELL, THE LAB HAS TO BE SEEN AS SOMETHING AS
SIGNIFICANT AS THAT, AND THEN THROUGH THE TRANSITION TEAMS, I
MENTIONED YESTERDAY, YOU HAVE TO WORK NOW TO GET THAT WIRED
INTO THEIR HEADS, A NEW CULTURE, A NEW AGE, THE 21ST
CENTURY DATA AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS
EVOLUTION. THEN YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE
EXAMPLES. >>YES.
>>WHERE IT ACTUALLY MATTERED, NOT PROTOTYPE EXAMPLES BUT
HONEST TO GOD DROVE CHANGE, THE CENSUS BUREAU YEAH.
>>OH, YEAH. TO THE EXTENT CAREER SENIOR
STAFF SEE THIS AS A VALUE ADDED TO THEIR BUREAUS. FALL AND SUMMER A BOOKLET OF
PRIORITIES THE CAREER STAFF WILL HAND OVER TO THE NEXT
ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY COME IN.
>> THEN YOU NEED TO HAVE A SERIES OF SUCCESS STORIES.
AND I DON’T THINK, IAN, FRANKLY, IT’S JUST THE OPEN DATA THING. THAT’S GOING TO BE TOO
POLITICAL. THERE’S GOT TO BE EXAMPLES OF
HOW OPEN DATA AND NEW TECH AND MODERNIZATION APPROACHES CHANGED
THE GOVERNMENT. OTHERWISE IT’S TOO ISOLATED, TOO SUSCEPTIBLE TO ATTACKING. >>I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A
WORKBOOK OF EXAMPLES THAT ACTUALLY SHOWED MODERNIZATION,
WHETHER IT’S WEB SITES, DIFFERENT THINGS, BUT A LITTLE
THING THAT IS NOT JUST SO SUSCEPTIBLE TO POLITICAL
HACKING. >>ALSO TAKING A LOT OF TIME
PERSONALLY OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.
IN THE INTEREST OF TIME — >>NOT ONLY TRANSFORMS THE
GOVERNMENT BUT HELP FELL TO THE BREADTH OF THE UNITED STATES.
>>EXACTLY THAT. >> I WANT TO PROPOSE — JOY AND
KAREN, I’M GOING TO ASK IN THE SPIRIT OF THE FINAL TAKEAWAY
ITEMS RATHER THAN ME REPORT IT, I’LL ASK AROUND THE HORN ONE
FINAL REFLECTION FROM EACH PERSON AND WE’LL HAVE TO MOVE TO
ADJOURN. BECAUSE THERE’S TRANSPORTATION
SCHEDULES AND FOLKS WALKING AWAY FROM TABLES.
THE TITANIC IS SINKING. WE’LL START PLANNING QUICK.
JOY? >>I WAS GOING TO SAY MY
QUESTION REALLY IS SORT OF REFLECTING YOUR QUESTION BACK ON
YOU, YOU HAVE THIS LIMITED TIME, WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU
WANT TO GET DONE DURING THAT LIMITED TIME AND CAN THIS
COUNCIL HELP? IS IT WRITING A BRIEF MEMO TO
THE FUTURE OR SECRETARY OR KEY THINGS ABOUT THE THINGS WE
LEARNED IN THE 18-MONTH EXPERIMENT, DATA SERVICE, WE
THINK THAT SHOULD BE HELD FORWARD.
IS THERE, YOU KNOW, SOME COMMUNICATION THAT COULD SPEAK
TO THAT INSTITUTIONALIZATION, TELL US WHAT YOU NEED AS OPPOSED
TO ASKING US. ALONG THOSE LINES.
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WORKS REALLY WELL IS IF THE SECRETARY
GIVES US A CHARGE TO GIVE HER A REPORT AND THEN IT’S THERE FOR
THE SECRETARY, SOMETHING THAT CAN BE REFERENCED LATER, THAT
THIS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THIS ESTEEMED ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS
GIVEN THIS CHARGE TO REPORT ON THINGS, I THINK IT WOULD HELP TO BRUCE’S POINT OF, YOU KNOW,
BURNING SOMETHING IN THE DNA. WHEN HE MENTIONED THAT I WAS
LOOKING AT YOU, YOU’RE DOING A GOOD JOB ALREADY.
THE SECRETARY GIVES US A CHARGE TO GIVE HER A REPORT ON
FUNDING, I THINK THAT’S BETTER THAN HAVING US TALK TO YOU AND
YOU PUSH IT UP. >>ALL OF YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS
ARE OFFICIALLY DOCUMENTED. >>I KNOW.
>> IT GOES UP EVERY TIME. >>I KNOW IN THE DOE COMMITTEE
THAT I’M ON THAT THE SECRETARY THERE MAKES IT VERY — THEY GIVE
A DELIBERATE CHARGE BECAUSE THEY WANT A VERY — THEY WANT A
DOCUMENT, NOT JUST TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE PAST MINUTES OR
SOMETHING, THEY WANT A RESPONSE TO A SPECIFIC QUESTION LIKE,
YOU KNOW, . >>THE CONTINUATION IS A GREAT
EXAMPLE. YES, AND I THINK TO QUICKLY
RESPOND TO JOY’S QUESTION, IT’S GOING TO HOPEFULLY BE VERY
UNSURPRISING, WE WANT YOU TO TELL THE STORY, PRODUCE GAME
HIGH PRESSURE CHANGING PRODUCTS THAT ENABLE BUREAUS TO CHANGE
MISSIONS, CREATING JOBS, SAVING LIVES.
WE’RE GOING TO LOOK FOR YOUR GUIDANCE ON HOW TO DEPLOY THE
TEAM MORE EFFECTIVELY, TO BUILD ON THOSE CHALLENGES OF KEEPING,
RETAINING AND GROWING THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND MORE EFFECTIVE
PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND ECOSYSTEMS, THINGS THAT I
THINK PROBABLY FROM A NOD OF HEAD AROUND THE TABLE FAMILIAR,
THAT’S THE ANSWER AND SO THEN THE QUESTION OF HOW WE CAN DO
THAT AND CONTINUE THROUGH A TRANSITION AND SO AS HAS BEEN
DONE BEFORE WE ALWAYS RECORD THE TOP ACTIONS.
I THINK ALL OF YOUR ADVICE HAS BEEN AT SIMPLE LEVEL, THE
ADVISORY COUNCIL, HAS IT BEEN HELPFUL?
YES, YES, AND YES. I HOPE YOU FEEL THAT AND SEE IT
THROUGH THE DATA-DRIVEN EVIDENCE PROVIDED AND FORMATS OF PRESENTATION,
NONE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH OUR INITIATIVES, WE HAVEN’T HAVE
BEEN SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT YOU. THAT’S THE VALUE AND RETURN ON
INVESTMENT. WE NEED TO CONTINUALLY DO A
BETTER JOB OF DOCUMENTING, SHARING THAT, DEMONSTRATING,
REALLY AS AN OVERSIGHT BOARD AND HOPEFULLY THAT CONTINUOUS
RELATIONSHIP CAN GROW. IN TERMS OF GOVERNANCE, CLARITY, TIMES
OF ACTIONS DEMONSTRATING SUCCESSES, PROVIDING TURNOVER,
ANSWERING DANA’S POINT WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO GOING FORWARD
AND WITH THAT INFORMATION IT WON’T JUST BE A TYPE OF VICTORY
LAP BUT SAYING THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO WORK ON NEXT AND THIS
IS THEREFORE HOW WE’RE GOING TO HELP YOU, THAT’S NOT SOMETHING
THAT SHOULD BE RUSHED, AFFORDED TIME AT THE NEXT
DISCUSSION. DANIEL?
>>I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST GIVEN THE TIME LINE OF WHERE WE ARE
NOW — (INAUDIBLE)>>IT’S ACROSS INDUSTRY. NEEDING MORE EMPHASIS, THAT’S
KEY FOR PEOPLE FINDING THINGS, DISCOVERABILITY,
USABILITY, MAKING SURE DATA IS FRESH AND YOU’RE BEING
RESPONSIVE TO THE WAY PEOPLE ARE USING THAT AND I THINK THAT
USABILITY STUDIES GET FAR UNDERBUDGETED.
>> BILL? >>YEAH, I WANTED TO COMMENT ON
SOMETHING I PICKED UP FROM TOM’S PRESENTATION, YOU TAKE
KIND OF AN OLD FASHION THE THING, PAT AND TRADEMARK
OFFICE, TRANSFORM IT INTO SOMETHING THAT CAN MONITOR AND
PREDICT INNOVATION OVERALL IN THE U.S
THAT’S GENERALIZATION OF THE MISSION THAT’S POWERFUL.
>> I WOULD GO SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT.
FOR ME, IF YOU WOULD ASK ME WHAT KIND OF DATA THE GOVERNMENT
GETS, (INDISCERNIBLE) AND I WOULD GET A LOT OF PEOPLE UNDER
THE SAME BOAT, REACHING OUT, EXPLAINING WHAT CAPABILITY, AND
FOR ME IT’S VERY INFORMATIVE, SO REACHING OUT, INFORMING
OTHER PEOPLE, WHAT KIND OF DATA, SHOWING THE GOVERNMENT
WANTS TO HELP THEM, TO GIVE THEM THE DATA TO HELP THEM
SHARE THE DATA AND GOVERNMENT IS YOUR PARTNER IN OBTAINING
DATA, I THINK IT WOULD BE NUMBER ONE BENEFIT.
IT SHOULD BE DONE IN THE FORM OF PEOPLE WHO ACCEPT (
INDISCERNIBLE) BUT REALLY BEING A PARTNER IN THE FORM PEOPLE
ACCEPT, PEOPLE THAT WANT TO SEE IT IN THE CURRENT 2016, SO THE
WAY PEOPLE ARE USED TO IT, PROBABLY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY FOR
ANYTHING GOVERNMENT DOES WITH DATA, AT LEAST FOR THE SHORT TERM.
>>KEVIN? >>TWO COMMENTS.
I’M MOST ENCOURAGED BY DEMAND INTERNALLY IN DEPARTMENT OF
COMMERCE FOR DATA ACADEMY HAVING 3500 EMPLOYEES WANT TO TAKING
A DATA SCIENCE CLASS IS ENCOURAGING.
THE SECOND IS TO BILL’S COMMENT EARLIER ABOUT THE NEED FOR
FOCUS ON ECOSYSTEM DOWNSTREAM, TO THE POINT I MADE YESTERDAY
ABOUT THE ABSENCE OF THE DISCIPLINES AROUND BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT AND EEVANGELISM IN MARKETING AND SALES IN THE COMMERCE DATA SERVICE TEAM,
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE YOU LIT UP THE DATA, HOW DO I GET IT DRIVEN IN BROAD
CIRCULATION. >>YOU WANT TO SCALE UP, NOW YOU HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO ENGAGE
OTHERS, IT MIGHT NEED WORK ON YOUR END TO MAKE DATA WORK,
FINDING A WAY TO DO THAT.
>>DANIEL? >>I WANT TO REEMPHASIZE THIS
POINT, PARTICULARLY USEFULNESS OF HAVING A PLACE PEOPLE CAN FAIL.
>>ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU, CHRIS?
>>I ACTUALLY REALLY LIKE THE TEST OF THE PATENT REPORT THAT WAS PRESENTED THE
OTHER DAY. IT’S NICE TO SEE.
WE TALK ABOUT ABSTRACTS, AND IT’S
— >>EXCELLENT.
JOY? >>I WOULD FOCUS ON WHO ARE THE
STAKEHOLDER ANALYSIS IN THE DEPARTMENT, WHO ARE THE ACTUAL
— SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS, BECOME INVALUABLE OVER THE NEXT SIX
MONTHS. >> OKAY.
WELL, WITH THAT THANK YOU AGAIN. IT’S A LOT OF GOOD WORK.
FRANKLY TOO VALUABLE TO LOOSE. THERE ARE BEYOND THE GREAT
MEMBERS THAT TRAVELED HERE, WE DO THIS EVERY TIME, SO MANY
FOLKS, BURTON? >>CHRIS, THANK YOU.
JOY. I’VE GOT THREE NAMES I NEED TO
HAVE. ONE IS GEORGE IVANA WHO WORKS
FROM THE GET GO PUTTING THIS TOGETHER, AND TWO FOLKS MANAGING
THIS ROOM AND HELPING US MANAGE THIS MEETING, FOSTER
HAGY AND JEFF BUCUM. FOSTER IS BACK THERE.
HE’S BEEN BACK THERE THE WHOLE TIME.
[APPLAUSE] AND FOLKS WHO MAKE IT WORK,
WANDA RIVERS WHO MIGHT BE IN THE ROOM STILL.
I DON’T KNOW, SHE MANAGED ALL THE TRAVEL ALONG WITH ELAINE
RUSSELL AT HEADQUARTERS TO GET YOU HERE,
BENIA AND PAM BELL, WHO I BELIEVE IS STILL IN THE ROOM.
>> THERE SHE IS. >>OVER THERE.
AND TANJA WHITE WHO WORKS TIRELESSLY. [APPLAUSE] >>THANKS TO ALL.
AND I’LL REMEMBER MY GAVEL NEXT