Why a Grant in Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Training for Policy Informatics (ACIT-PI)?

This grant is the first of its kind. It is innovative and transformative for public policy and administration education. It will improve Cyberinfrastructure training to policy scientists. Policy scientists will learn data-enabled scientific techniques, which requires training in advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CI) methods. They will learn to harvest data from different sources, analyze and interpret them, and arrive at evidence-based decisions. It will enhances researchers' abilities to lead the development of new CI tools, public domain data, and analysis.

Who gave us the Grant?

National Science Foundation funded interdisciplinary program.

Who can benefit from our study?

  • A workforce that is urgently required in minority and low-income communities with low skills in data science.
  • CI users: research analysts in nonprofit and public agencies; and
  • CI contributors and professionals: research scientists specializing in policy science (graduate students).

How will they be trained?

CI users are trained through training workshops, webinars, and self-paced online training modules. CI contributors and CI professionals are trained through a novel interdisciplinary certificate program on Policy Informatics.

Who is helping us accomplish our goals?

The ACIT-PI project is jointly undertaken:

  • Florida International University (FIU) Metropolitan Center.
  • Department of Public Policy and Administration.
  • School of Computing and Information Sciences.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • CI facilities including High Performance Computing and Internet 2 resources available with FIU's Division of Information Technology.

or more information on our team, click here. /cyberinfrastructure/cyberinfrastructureteam/

The Bigger Picture...

The materials and tools developed through the project will be available for broader use by other universities through a Policy Information Hub. The Hub includes a Policy Informatics Data Repository of local government administrative data in standardized formats for fostering data driven research.

Tentative Schedule

  1. First, the project trains frontline analysts in local governments through annual workshops, which fosters a large pool of CI users.
  2. Second, the project develops self-paced online training modules for broader CI adoption by the public administration and policy schools.
  3. Third, it offers a novel Policy Informatics certificate program for CI contributors/professionals, which includes curriculum innovations infused with CI tools and methods. Students take courses in policy science, computational methods (including HPC clusters use and CI tools), machine learning, IoT, and cybersecurity tools. PhD students are also trained to become CI experts in policy science. The project fosters a robust community of CI users, contributors, and professionals in policy informatics.

For more information, click here! /cyberinfrastructure/activities/