RPPR Data Dictionary Update

June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

As part of its ongoing support of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) initiative, the Grants Management Line of Business (GMLOB) has been engaging research agencies in a collective effort to develop a standard government-wide RPPR data dictionary. Agency representatives have been proactively collaborating on the development of this dictionary, which will result in increased RPPR implementation efficiency and inter-agency information sharing. Throughout April and May, the GMLOB Program Management Office (PMO) designed and facilitated four cross-agency vetting sessions with stakeholders to make specific data element decisions and finalize the dictionary.

These unprecedented vetting sessions have been incredibly productive, and all participants have been engaged in and committed to making decisions that will benefit both grantees and agencies. The sessions have had robust participation from multiple representatives of the following agencies: Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (ED), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), National Institute of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), and National Science Foundation (NSF). This hard work has resulted in a data dictionary complete with definitions, data types, data values and field lengths.

Now that the dictionary is drafted, it will be shared with the larger grants community for review and comment. In the meantime, NSF is working diligently to create an extensible markup language (XML) schema, which will complement the data dictionary and further assist agencies with implementing an electronic version of the RPPR. By ensuring a consistent RPPR implementation across the government, the data dictionary will improve data integrity and consistency, and foster agency cross-collaboration and information sharing.

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