Comment on data stewardship policy

By Rita-Marie McFadden | Nov. 17, 2016

We find ourselves at the frontier of data-management policy.  Please continue reading for information about how YOU can help guide the National Institute of Health policies concerning practical, ethical and actionable management of federally funded published research, i.e. data.


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The NIH is encouraging the research community and the public to have a voice in data management, sharing and citation policies through a request for information. Who better to advise on data management than the data generators and stakeholders?

The NIH  respectfully requests your thoughtful and purposeful responses on the following:

  • prioritization of data to be shared,
  • length of time to share data,
  • barriers, burdens or costs of data stewardship,
  • impact of including data sharing in research-performance progress reports and grant applications,
  • technical suggestions for creating a data/software/author unique identifier for citation purposes,
  • suggestions concerning citation of an aggregation of diverse data in a study versus each distinct data set within a study,
  • and any other comments and concerns.

Due: Dec. 29, 2016

More information: RFI announcement web resource

Dr. Rita-Marie McFadden is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kansas Department of Molecular Biosciences and a member of the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee.


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