1st National Data Service Consortium Workshop

  • June 12-13, 2014
  • Boulder, Colorado

This meeting is the first gathering of stakeholders interested in establishing a National Data Service and the Consortium that can guide its development.

We plan to address the following questions:

  • What should be the function of a National Data Service?
  • How should it be built?
  • How do people fit in?
  • How do we fund it?

From this meeting, we plan to generate a report that will serve as a roadmap for building the NDS.

We will hear from a number of representative stakeholders through both extended and lightning presentations. More importantly, though, we will have a number of break-out sessions to examine more specific questions like:

  • How should the Consortium be chartered, and what does it mean to be a member?
  • How do the perspectives, needs, and expectations of the various stakeholders align and how are they different?
  • What are the technical requirements for an NDS? What should the overall architecture look like?
  • How should a cross-disciplinary service build on top of discipline- and community-specific services and infrastructure?

Highlights include:

  • Registration will begin by 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 12
  • The program will start at 8:30 a.m. on both Thursday and Friday
  • A dinner for attendees will be held Thursday evening
  • The program will end by about 2 p.m. on Friday

The program will include:

  • Invited talks from community leaders and funding agencies
  • Lightning talks
  • Topical break-out sessions
  • ...and more

Are you already working in the area of data discovery and/or publishing? Do you represent a stakeholder with special requirements? Have you developed a piece of technology that you feel is relevant to a national data infrastructure?

We would like to collect your perspectives on data discovery, access, publishing, and re-use via position papers that we will share with the Consortium. You may submit a 1-4 page document in PDF format by emailing it to by June 2.

We plan to include within the schedule one or more lightning sessions. A lightning session will be comprised of a series of short (5 minutes) presentations limited to 4 slides or fewer. Stay tuned for instructions for signing up for a presentation.

Registration is by invitation; if you have an interest in the NDS and wish to attend this meeting, please consult How To Get Involved and contact us via

There is no registration fee for this meeting.

Attendees who are traveling to the NDS meeting by air should fly into Denver International Airport . The airport is approximately 42 miles (68 km) from Boulder.

Travelers have several ground transportation options between Denver International Airport and Boulder, including rental cars, shared shuttle services, and limousine services. Learn more at .

The Millennium Harvest House Boulder and the Residence Inn Boulder and are offering discounted rates to National Data Service attendees.

Millennium Harvest House Boulder

1345 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Millennium Harvest House Boulder

Situated in the heart of downtown, the Millennium Harvest House Boulder is about 10 minutes drive from the Center Green Conference Center.

NDS Rate: $139 per night (plus tax) if booked on or before May 30, 2014.
Rate includes free guest room internet and free transportation to and from the Center Green Conference Center via the hotel shuttle.

To reserve your hotel room at the Millennium Harvest House Boulder:

  • Call toll free 1-800-545-6285 and refer to the group code: 1406NCSAND
  • Or reserve online

Residence Inn Boulder

3030 Center Green Drive, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Residence Inn Boulder

Located next to the Center Green Conference Center, the Residence Inn Boulder is a short walk to the meeting locations.

NDS Rate: $186 per night (plus tax) if booked on or before May 28, 2014.
Rate includes free hot breakfast, free guest room internet, free parking. Located next to the Center Green Conference Center.

To reserve your hotel room at the Residence Inn Boulder:

  • Call toll-free 1-800-331-3131 and ask for the National Data Service room block at the Residence Inn in Boulder
  • Or reserve online