National Science Foundation

M-13-13 Milestone 14 - February 28th 2017

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Leading Indicators

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Review Status in-progress
Reviewer Bryant Renaud
Last Updated April 18, 2017, 4:00 pm EDT by Bryant Renaud

Assessment Summary

EDI is Yellow: Some datasets missing licensing information.

Other: A significant proportion of download links are in HTML.

Would NSF's /data page to either 1) list human readable version of datasets or 2) more prominently link to NSF's page (presently a bit buried halfway down page).

Inventory Composition

Public Dataset Status

Dataset Link Quality

Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Inventory Updated this Quarter
167 Number of Datasets
3 Number of APIs
1 Bureaus represented
100.0% Percentage of bureaus represented
2 Programs represented
14.3% Percentage of programs represented
160 Number of public datasets
1 Number of restricted public datasets
6 Number of non-public datasets
1.8% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
To a great extent (50-75%) To what extent is your agency’s Enterprise Data Inventory (EDI) complete?
See below What steps have you taken to ensure your Enterprise Data Inventory is complete
NSF appreciates the opportunity to review the quarterly action items to improve and enhance the Enterprise Data Inventory's completeness. To ensure EDI completeness each quarter, NSF conducts a review of agency data sources recently added to our webpages and coordinates with internal NSF POCs to determine if there are new datasets for potential inclusion in the updated EDI. During this process, we also look into ways in which we can improve the quality of our datasets. These data improvements include: reviewing existing datasets and related metadata and adding metadata that will improve access to content; ensuring newly identified agency data sources are added to the updated EDI; ensuring all appropriate data assets are grouped as collections; and including new datasets and/or updating metadata in the Enterprise Data Inventory to reflect the public feedback received.
Agency provides a public Enterprise Data Inventory on
Agency provided updated Enterprise Data Inventory to OMB
84.4% License specified Crawl details
Number of datasets with redactions
Percent of datasets with redactions
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
167 Number of Datasets Crawl details
5 Number of Collections Crawl details
92 Number of datasets not contained in a collection Crawl details
160 Number of Public Datasets with File Downloads Crawl details
3 Number of APIs Crawl details
3 Number of public APIs Crawl details
Number of restricted public APIs Crawl details
Number of non-public APIs Crawl details
173 Total number of access and download links Crawl details
Quality Check: Links are sufficiently working Crawl details
34 Quality Check: Accessible links Crawl details
135 Quality Check: Redirected links Crawl details
Quality Check: Error links Crawl details
2 Quality Check: Broken links Crawl details
91.2% Quality Check: Percentage of download links in correct format as specified in metadata Crawl details
26.5% Quality Check: Percentage of download links in HTML Crawl details
2.9% Quality Check: Percentage of download links in PDF Crawl details
1.8% Percentage growth in records since last quarter
100% Valid Metadata Crawl details
/data exists Crawl details
Provides datasets in human-readable form on /data
/data.json Crawl details
Harvested by
160 Number of public datasets Crawl details
1 Number of restricted public datasets Crawl details
6 Number of non-public datasets Crawl details
1.9% Percent growth of public datasets
0.0% Percent growth of restricted public datasets
0.0% Percent growth of non-public datasets
Percent datasets licensed as U.S. Public Domain
Percent datasets licensed as Creative Commons Zero
Percent datasets with other licenses
Percent datasets with no license
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Description of feedback mechanism delivered Crawl details
Data release is prioritized through public engagement
Provided narrative evidence of data improvements based on public feedback this quarter
Feedback loop is closed, 2 way communication
See below Link to or description of Feedback Mechanism
NSF is committed to providing twoway feedback mechanisms to inspire public engagement of open data. One example of this is the NSF Blog of the Division of Environmental Biology ( DEBrief provides information on NSF BIO funding opportunity updates, analysis of programs, and discussions of the merit review and decisionmaking process. On May 19, 2016, DEBrief created a blog post asking for public feedback on the content and type of information shared on the blog, whereby the public was encouraged to submit ideas in the 'Comments' section of the blog.
Provides valid contact point information for all datasets
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Data Publication Process Delivered Crawl details
Information that should not to be made public is documented with agency's OGC
See below Describe the agency's data publication process
NSF utilizes a regular process to review newly identified data sets prior to their planned release, to validate that there are no concerns with respect to privacy, confidentiality, security, contractual restrictions, or other factors. This process is similar to the agency approval process for the publication of agency data in and incorporates best practices from the agency\u2019s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program to ensure the presumption of openness is being applied to all agency data release decisions. When a potential restriction to release is identified, agency points of contact for Open Data will work with the Office of General Counsel and other subject matter experts as appropriate to review the concerns and, if required, document the determined barrier to release. Some potential characteristics of agency data that could prevent public release include privacy considerations (e.g., personally identifiable information); confidentiality matters (e.g., predecisional or deliberative material); contractual restrictions (e.g., contractor bidding information). Because of the nature of NSF\u2019s mission, one common restriction for public release of data would likely be limitations in the full release of proposal-related data that may contain confidential, proprietary business information protected by FOIA Exemption 4.
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone Open Data Primary Point of Contact
POCs identified for required responsibilities
Chief Data Officer (if applicable)
Status Indicator Automated Metrics
Overall Progress this Milestone
Provided narrative evidence of open data impacts for this quarter
Digital Analytics Program on /data
Views on for this quarter
Percentage growth in views on for this quarter
Views on agency /data page for this quarter

Automated Metrics

These metrics are generated by an automated analysis that runs every 24 hours until the end of the quarter at which point they become a historical snapshot

Expected Data.json URL (From Directory)
Resolved Data.json URL
Number of Redirects 1 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/plain
Valid JSON Invalid Check a JSON Validator
Detected Data.json Schema federal-v1.1
Datasets with Valid Metadata 100%(167 of 167) - The JSON file is invalid and can't be parsed without special processing
Valid Schema Valid
Datasets 167
Number of Collections 5
Number of datasets not in a collection 92
Datasets with Distribution URLs 95.8% (160 of 167)
Datasets with Download URLs 90.4% (151 of 167)
Total Distribution URLs 173
Total Download URLs 160
Total APIs 3
Public APIs 3
Restricted Public APIs 0
Non-public APIs 0
Public Datasets 160
Restricted Public Datasets 1
Non-public Datasets 6
Bureaus Represented 1
Programs Represented 2
License Specified 84.4% (141 of 167)
Datasets with Redactions 0.0% (0 of 167)
Redactions without explanation (rights field) 0.0% (0 of 167)
File Size 182.81KB
Last crawl Tuesday, 28-Feb-2017 23:01:17 EST
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