Research Data Management Guide

This guide is intended to assist you in topics of planning, collecting, cleaning, preserving, and and sharing research data.

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Open Data Mandates - Am I Required to Share My Data?

Some funding agencies mandate that the data produced with their funding be made openly available. This has become more common following a 2013 memo from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) which directed many federal agencies to make federally funded research articles and data freely available to the public within one year of publication. (Learn more.)

The resources below will help you determine whether your data may be subject to a mandate.

NEW! April 2021: AAU-APLU Guide to Accelerate Public Access to Research Data

Sorbonne Declaration on Research Data Rights

Public Trust in Open Data

According to a report by the Pew Research Center, the majority of Americans say they are more likely to trust research when the data is openly available.

 

poll showing more trust in research when data is open

Credit: Pew Research Center

Evaluating Existing Data

Just as with published works, we can apply evaluation models to ensure before use that existing data is accurate and fair.

 

Other Considerations:

  • Completeness / Extent of missing data
  • Data collection methods
  • Data quality measures such as reliability and validity
  • Availability of a contact person

 

Adapted from "Evaluating Data Sets," Rutgers University Libraries

 

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