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Maximizing the Value of NOAA Data through Investment, Innovation, and Governance

August 16-20, 2021


NOAA’s Environmental Data Management Committee is proud to host the 11th annual NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop (EDMW). The workshop will be presented in an entirely virtual format. We are taking advantage of the opportunities that this online format affords, to both encourage broad participation in breakout sessions and to line up high caliber plenary speakers.

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Thursday, August 19 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
5B: Harnessing Textual Data for Portfolio and Enterprise Scale Analysis

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Session Chair: Alice Grossman

Directives such as the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act lead to a need to build NOAA’s capabilities to support the use of data to inform the management of and investments in NOAA’s R&D enterprise. Much of these data are in unstructured or textual formats, including project databases, grant proposals, transition plans, policy directives, etc. However, this textual data is currently underutilized at the agency due to a lack of structure for data generation, management, and governance that stem from a general knowledge gap of awareness of the value and use of textual data. Therefore, NOAA needs tools to connect and analyze this textual data. To that end, NOAA is currently in the process of developing a strategy to assess our textual data assets and utilize social science methods to understand how the agency will leverage such data for evidence based, science informed, agency decision-making. The objective is to create a system of inter-connected text systems that link user data and requirement databases to R&D investments, which would generate a value chain to inform policy development and decision making.

This session includes presentations in two distinct areas:
- Firstly, to discuss the strategic steps to support the leveraging of textual data as an asset, and explore coordination between line offices to enable aggregation and comparison of textual data.
- Secondly, to showcase examples of how textual data is and can be used to measure success in inter- and intra-line office use cases to advance progress and understanding of NOAA’s core goals.

Presentations: (abstracts by session here)
1. Defining NOAA Data for Effective Strategic Planning and Management
- Joe Fillingham
2. Social Data Science Strategy Overview
- Gina Eosco
3. Textual Data Uses at Other Federal Agencies
- Alice Grossman
4. NOAA Logic Models for Evaluating Progress Towards NOAA’s R&D Vision
- Gina Digiantonio & Emma Kelley
5. Using Machine learning to analyze NRDD textual data
- Francis Choi
6. A Weather Act Gap Analysis: Textual Data Lessons and Challenges
- Tamara Battle and Maureen Brooks

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Joseph Fillingham

Program Analyst, NOAA Contractor - CollabraLink
Contractor supporting NOAA, OAR's Office of Science Support.

Thursday August 19, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT