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The NIST IAD Data Science Research Program



Bonnie J. Dorr, Peter C. Fontana, Craig S. Greenberg, Mark A. Przybocki, Marion Le Bras, Cathryn A. Ploehn, Oleg Aulov, Martial Michel, Edmond J. Golden III, Wo L. Chang


We examine foundational issues in data science including current challenges, basic research questions, and expected advances, as the basis for a new Data Science Research Program and evaluation series, introduced by the Information Access Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the fall of 2015. The evaluations will facilitate research efforts, collaboration, leverage shared infrastructure, and effectively address cross-cutting challenges faced by diverse data science communities. The evaluations will have multiple research tracks championed by members of the data science community, and will enable rigorous comparison of approaches through common tasks, datasets, metrics, and shared research challenges. The tracks will measure several different data science technologies in a wide range of fields, starting with a pre-pilot. In addition to developing data science evaluation methods and metrics, it will address computing infrastructure, standards for an interoperability framework, and domain-specific examples.
Proceedings Title
2015 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics
Conference Dates
October 19-21, 2015
Conference Location


NIST data science program, NIST data science evaluation series, data science compute infrastructure, data science metrics, data science standards


Dorr, B. , Fontana, P. , Greenberg, C. , Przybocki, M. , Le, M. , Ploehn, C. , Aulov, O. , Michel, M. , Golden, E. and Chang, W. (2015), The NIST IAD Data Science Research Program, 2015 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics, Paris, -1, [online], (Accessed June 16, 2024)


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Created October 19, 2015, Updated February 19, 2017