AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
ACTION: Request for Comments.
SUMMARY: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is
seeking public comments on a draft set of desirable characteristics of
data repositories used to locate, manage, share, and use data resulting
from Federally funded research. The purpose of this effort is to
identify and help Federal agencies provide more consistent information
on desirable characteristics of data repositories for data subject to
agency Public Access Plans and data management and sharing policies,
whether those repositories are operated by government or non-
governmental entities. Optimization and improved consistency in agency-
provided information for data repositories is expected to reduce the
burden for researchers. Feedback obtained through this Request for
Comments (RFC) will help to inform coordinated agency action.
DATES: To ensure that your comments will be considered, please submit
your response on or before 11:59 p.m. ET on March 6, 2020.
ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted online to:
OpenScience@ostp.eop.gov. Email submissions should be machine-readable
[pdf, word] and not copy-protected. Submissions should include "RFC
Response: Desirable Repository Characteristics" in the subject line of
Instructions: Response to this RFC is voluntary. Each individual or
institution is requested to submit only one response. Submission should
not exceed 5 pages in 12 point or larger font, and should be paginated.
Responses should include the name and organizational affiliation(s) of
the person(s) filing the comment. Additionally, to assist in analyzing
responses, respondents are requested to indicate the primary scientific
discipline(s) in which they work (e.g., life sciences, physical
sciences, social sciences) and their role (e.g., researcher, librarian,
data manager, administrator). Comments containing references, studies,
research, and other empirical data that are not widely published should
include copies or electronic links of the referenced materials.
Comments containing profanity, vulgarity, threats, or other
inappropriate language or content will not be considered.
Comments submitted in response to this notice are subject to FOIA.
Responses to this RFC may also be posted, without change, on a Federal
website. Therefore, we request that no business proprietary
information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable
information (beyond filing name and institution) be submitted in
response to this RFC.
In accordance with FAR 15.202(3), responses to this notice are not
offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding
contract. Additionally, those submitting responses are solely
responsible for all expenses associated with response preparation.
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