The Decadal Survey interest group aims to develop a decadal survey (akin to what has been done in astronomy and other fields) for research computing and data to distribute to the broader community and potentially guide joint efforts.
Initial activities include:
- Write an early concept paper and vet it with the community.
- Discussion and vet of the concept paper with multiple stakeholder communities to determination level of support and interest.
- If community consensus is to move ahead, identify resources required to fully execute such a survey, and transition to a working group.
Decadal surveys provide community-consensus science and research priorities and recommendations, to federal agencies, the government, and other stakeholders. A Decadal Survey is the opportunity for a community to come together to settle on top priorities and to define a strategy to achieve them. The goal is to, and speak with a single voice on the shape of the field for the decade to come.
There has never been a decadal survey within the field known in the US as “cyberinfrastructure”. Cyberinfrastructure (“CI”) has long been seen as a “support service” of science and engineering, and more recently has broadened in its adoption across all research disciplines. However, with thousands of full time practitioners today, and substantial levels of public investment in nearly every country on the planet, this field has certainly become a profession, albeit not necessarily formally recognized as such.