Today, the National Science Board released their new report, “Digital Research Data Sharing and Management.” The report makes five recommendations regarding the accessibility of research data collected during projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Among the recommendations is a proposal to require grantees to make data and methodologies available in peer reviewed publications.

To support this goal, NSF should implement a data management plan that outlines the timeline for researchers to share their data. “Investigators should have the opportunity to analyze their data and publish their results within a reasonable time.” NSF is also recommended to encourage “individual scientific communities to establish data sharing and management practices that align with NSF data policies.”

Download the report and learn more about submitting public comments at Public comments are due by 18 January 2012.


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