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Community-based Data Interoperability Networks (INTEROP)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 22-632 and NSF 24-530 for the latest documents.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


Digital data are increasingly both the products of research and the starting point for new research and education activities.  The ability to re-purpose data – to use it in innovative ways and combinations not envisioned by those who created the data – requires that it be possible to find and understand data of many types and from many sources. Interoperability (the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged) is fundamental to meeting this requirement.   This NSF crosscutting program supports community efforts to provide for broad interoperability through the development of mechanisms such as robust data and metadata conventions, ontologies, and taxonomies. Support is provided for Data Interoperability Networks that will be responsible for consensus-building activities and for providing the expertise necessary to turn the consensus into technical standards with associated implementation tools and resources.  Examples of the former are community workshops, web resources such as community interaction sites, and task groups.  Examples of the latter are information sciences, software development, and ontology and taxonomy design and implementation.

Program contacts

Investigators are encouraged to contact the program with questions about appropriateness for this solicitation before submitting a proposal.
Sylvia Spengler
sspengle@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930 CISE/IIS
Jon Stoffel
jstoffel@nsf.gov (703) 292-8544
Maria Burka
mburka@nsf.gov (703) 292-7030
D. Terence Langendoen
dlangend@nsf.gov (703) 292-5088
Daniel Newlon
dnewlon@nsf.gov (703) 292-7276
Wayne Patterson
wpatters@nsf.gov (703) 292-8189
Nigel Sharp
nsharp@nsf.gov (703) 292-4905 MPS/PHY
William Wiseman
wwiseman@nsf.gov (703) 292-4750
John Cherniavsky
jchernia@nsf.gov (703) 292-5136
Peter McCartney
pmccartn@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470

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