December 27, 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 agency stakeholders in a collective effort to develop a standard government-wide RPPR Data Dictionary. The RPPR Data Dictionary Vetting Sessions were conducted in April and May of 2011. Throughout the summer of 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) developed an XML schema, which will complement the data dictionary and further assist agencies with implementation of a consistent electronic version of RPPR. Additionally, NSF performed a validation of the data dictionary to ensure that it is in conformance with the OMB/Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) approved RPPR format as well as conducted ad-hoc outreach to resolve a few outstanding issues that were identified during the vetting sessions.
Once NSF concluded the validation process, they released a revised draft to the RPPR Data Dictionary Work Group for a final review. The group reviewed the dictionary and provided comments in October and met on October 31st for a comment resolution meeting. The dictionary has been updated based on the decisions that were made in the meeting, and GMLOB is supporting NSF in the development of an accompanying narrative that will provide background on the effort, including technical and implementation considerations that will facilitate clearance of the document. The next step is to work with OMB to determine the best method for review and approval of the RPPR Data Dictionary under the new Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) governance structure.