CENDI Interest Areas — Information Economics
CENDI Grand Challenge
The Grand Challenge concept paper, “i-Science to Jobs”, was developed as a joint effort by CENDI members in response to encouragement from the Office of Science and Technology Policy. It has laid the groundwork for developing the FY2012 CENDI work plan and to guide the vision for the next generation(s) of CENDI’s flagship program, Science.gov. CENDI hopes to bring about a revolutionary transformation of Science.gov by creating new data, content, connections, and tools and delivering technological innovations such as semantic search, mobile computing, data visualization, language translation, and audio and video indexing. Such changes will bring velocity to the progress of new ideas, new products, new industries and new employment. Interagency cooperation through CENDI can harness the best ideas from the agencies and integrate the innovations into a transformed Science.gov.
In 1998, CENDI undertook a Cost Study (CENDI/97-3) that included a white paper on The Changing R&D Information Economy in the Digital Age. The report concluded that information is more expensive during this transition period where systems must produce both traditional paper and digital information. There are also hidden costs such as hardware and software obsolescence and replacement and staff training.