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New Field of Science Hierarchy for XSEDE Allocation Requests

Posted by David Hart on 07/27/2020 15:55 UTC

After being used for decades by XSEDE and its predecessor programs, the Field of Science hierarchy for categorizing allocation requests was long overdue for a replacement. Based on an NSF program organization from the distant past, the old hierarchy had more than 150 options, was peppered with idiosyncratic entries that were not actual fields of science, and was limited to areas within NSF’s scope.

Based on an international standard from the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD), the new list has been added to our allocations documentation. Users can expect to see the new Fields of Science appearing in the allocation request forms starting soon for Startup and other small requests and for the Research submission period starting in September.

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