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In December 2006, the National Science and Technology Council of the Committee on Science established the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data (IWGDD). Nearly 30 agencies, offices, and councils were named as members or participants, reflecting the broad range of interests in digital scientific data. The purpose of the IWGDD is to "develop and promote the implementation of a strategic plan for the federal government to cultivate an open interoperable framework to ensure reliable preservation and effective access to digital data for research, development, and education in science, technology, and engineering."


The scope of activities for the IWGDD included:

The IWGDD produced a report titled Harnessing the Power of Digital Data for Science and Society.