Reasons to Manage and Publish Your Data
- Increase the visibility of your research: Making your data available to other researchers.
- Save time: Planning for your data management needs ahead of time will save you time and resources in the long run.
- Preserve your data: Doing so safeguards your investment of time and resources (including any work done for you by graduate students) and preserves your unique contribution to research.
- Meet grant requirements: Many funding agencies now require that researchers deposit in an archive data which they collect as part of a research project.
- Facilitate new discoveries: Enabling other researchers to use your data reinforces open scientific inquiry and can lead to new and unanticipated discoveries.
- Support Open Access: Researchers are becoming increasingly more aware of the need to manage their work and consider issues of scholarly communication. The Open Data movement advocates for researchers to share their data in order to foster the development of knowledge.
Data management is the new hot topic for researchers. The NSF and NIH have both incorporated as part of their grants the need for a data management plan. In order to receive a grant you need to show you have a plan for the data. The Open Data push has made this a reality now.
- National Science Foundation (NSF): Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results: Beginning January 18, 2011, NSF will require grant proposals to include a supplementary data management plan of no more than 2 pages. This requirement is a new implementation of the long-standing NSF Data Sharing Policy.
- National Institutes of Health: Data Sharing Policy: Supports the sharing of research data and expects researchers funded at $500,000 or more to include a data sharing plan in their grant proposals.
- For a more complete list of U.S. funding agencies’ data dissemination guidelines, see:Funding Agency and Data Management Guidelines (University of Minnesota Libraries)
- Finally, the DMPTool offers a broader look at funding agency DMP requirements
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