About CENDI Operations and Organization
The effective management and use of STI plays a vital role in advancing the state of scientific knowledge and in technical problem solving. A better understanding of this role and improved cooperation between the management of the scientific and technical enterprise and the management of STI can increase the effectiveness of the R&D process.
CENDI VISION, MISSION, and GOALS
CENDI is a volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the federal information community - that is, all those who create, manage, aggregate, organize, and provide access to federally-funded data and publications resulting from the nation’s $150 billion annual investment in federal R&D. Member organizations represent a cross-section of federal data and publication providers, including libraries, data centers, aggregators, information technology developers, and content management providers.
CENDI’s vision is to provide its member federal STI agencies a cooperative enterprise where capabilities are shared and challenges are faced together so that the sum of accomplishments is greater than each individual agency can achieve on its own.
CENDI’s mission is to increase the impact of federally funded science and technology by improving the management and dissemination of data and information. CENDI provides a forum for sharing expertise, promoting best practices in information management, and developing and executing collaborative projects.
CENDI exists to promote the success of its members’ missions and, for more than 25 years, has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education, advocacy and joint projects that leverage scarce resources and specialty capabilities.
CENDI has three major goals to facilitate the management and use of STI:
- Coordination and Leadership: Provide coordination and leadership for information exchange on important STI policy issues.
- STI Life Cycle Management: Promote the development of improved STI systems through the productive interrelationship of content and technology.
- Education: Promote an understanding of STI and STI management and their value to the R&D enterprise.
CENDI's annual work plan focuses on meeting these goals through three work processes:
- Regular meetings (six times per year) and bringing together CENDI agency members and invitees from a variety of governmental organizations, as well as key individuals from academia and the private sector. CENDI maintains a mailing list of "Cooperating Organizations" who are regularly informed of CENDI activities.
- Working Groups, sharing information, establishing baselines, promoting standards, and undertaking projects. Some Working Group activities are guided by multi-agency coordinators (two) who are staff from member agencies. The working and task groups overseen by the Multi-agency Coordinators are:
- Digitization Specifications
- Terminology (formerly known as the Vocabulary Working Group)
- Multimedia Metadata
- R&D Needs Assessment
Currently, there are three additional working groups:
- Copyright and Intellectual Property
- Science.gov Alliance
- STI Policy, which works closely with a task group on Open Access and Institutional Repositories
- Preparation of studies, white papers, or information packages that address issues of critical interest, and working with policy-making organizations or individuals to help them understand the issues.
In June 2009, CENDI and the International Council of Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) announced a formal partnership agreement which recognizes the complementary interests and concerns of their memberships. In addition to providing reciprocal membership benefits, the two organizations will explore joint initiatives, and collaborative opportunities that may include workshops/mb eetings, projects, commissioning of white papers, and initiating of best practice and benchmarking research.
In March 2010, the National Federation of Advanced Information Services officially became a partner of CENDI, to solidify a long and productive working relationship. NFAIS's mission, to advance scholarly, scientific, and professional research by enabling members to examine issues of content, technology, and business models integral to their future success, nicely aligns with CENDI's mission.
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