Dec. 16, 2021

The Missing Millions

Democratizing Computation and Data to Bridge Digital Divides and Increase Access to Science for Underrepresented Communities

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The digital gap between those communities that have access to technology and data and those that do not continues to grow. Join us on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. EST to learn more about a recent effort to fully identify, explore, and bridge digital divides.

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Team Explores Opportunities to Democratize Computation

Research computing infrastructure has led the world in transformational ways, but the digital gap between those communities who have access and use of technology, software, and data and those communities that do not have access and use, continues to grow.

A group of research and education leaders convened this summer to more fully identify and explore opportunities to democratize computation and bridge digital divides in ways that would better reach the missing millions—those who are yet to be engaged for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Join us on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. EST time to learn more.

The team conducted a total of 15 focus groups, and 6 additional individual interviews with 88 key stakeholders. A report* was published in October 2021 that identifies the many barriers limiting access to research data and computing, and proposes a mix of incremental changes as well as broader, systemic changes in the science and engineering enterprise. 


*Funding for the research was provided by NSF OAC 2127459.