American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Federal Focus Data Access Symposium
In order to encourage discussion and debate on this important topic, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Federal Focus, Inc. jointly sponsored a symposium on the Data Access issue on February 26, 1999, in Washington, D.C. Panelists from a variety of key organizations participated in the symposium, including:
Approximately 175 members of the interested public were also in attendance, representing federal government, academia, various associations, industry, the media, and others from the scientific community. The symposium provided an excellent forum to lay out the many issues to be addressed in implementing the Data Access provisions of the new law. A complete transcript of the AAAS-Federal Focus symposium can be found on the AAAS website.
CRE Analysis of the AAAS-Federal Focus Data Access Symposium: Identified Implementation Issues and Proposed Solutions
The AAAS-Federal Focus Data Access symposium was truly a seminal event in the overall Data Access debate due to the capacity crowd (approximately 175 participants) and the broad range of participants from academia, federal agencies, industry, science organizations, professional associations, and the public. The issue was thoroughly aired in terms of identifying problems to be addressed with implementation of the Data Access provisions called for under the statute. Examples include confidentiality concerns, commingling of data, assessment of user fees, and coverage of the term "data."
This section encompasses CRE's efforts to craft proposed solutions to the potential problems identified at the AAAS-Federal Focus forum. As in other section of the Website, CRE encourages comments on these proposed solutions so that they might be honed to make them maximally beneficial to OMB and the agencies. Also, this list may be expanded in the event additional problems are brought to our attention.