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Thursday, January 04, 2007

NSF recommendations on data sharing

NSF and ARL Conduct Workshop on Digital Data Stewardship, ARL Bimonthly Report, December 2006.  Excerpt:

To explore the challenges of digital data stewardship and preservation, ARL and the National Science Foundation (NSF) conducted a workshop in September 2006 on New Collaborative Relationships: Academic Libraries in the Digital Data Universe....The workshop report provides a wealth of information on the issues of digital preservation; the Executive Summary follows....

Findings...

  • The stewardship and sharing of digital data produced by members of the research and education communities requires sustainable models of technical and economic support....
  • It is critically important that NSF and other funding agencies raise awareness and meet the needs of the research community for the stewardship and sharing of digital data....

Recommendations...

6. NSF should encourage the development of data sharing policies for programs involving community data. Discussion of mechanisms for developing such plans could be included as part of a proposalís data management plan. In addition, NSF should strive to ensure that all data sharing policies be available and accessible to the public....