Markus Library prepares researchers for new NIH data management policy
In January, the NIH’s new data management and sharing (DMS) policy covering all agency-funded projects will go into effect. Designed to increase the sharing of scientific data and promote public trust in biomedical research, these guidelines represent the agency’s first data policy update in 20 years. In response, University Librarian Matthew Covey and his staff are providing training opportunities and implementing new software and digital tools to support researchers.
Under the new plan, all NIH-supported research must submit a DMS plan regardless of funding level (previously, this requirement applied only to grants over $500,000). Moreover, NIH is now asking scientists to provide more detail in their plans, and to submit progress reports and be subject to compliance reviews throughout the research process.
To support Rockefeller scientists in making these adjustments, the Markus Library has joined DMPTool—a step-by-step online template that walks researchers through each of the newly required application sections. The tool also provides a wealth of information on how to comply with policy details. At the same time, guidance regarding new funding mechanisms for curating and sharing data is available through Rockefeller’s Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA).
The library and OSPA are also offering a number of workshops on the new policy, including what it means for Rockefeller scientists, how to use DMPTool, and where data can be deposited for preservation and sharing, and they are hosting office hours to troubleshoot issues and answer questions. Library staff are also available upon request to visit individual labs for training sessions. To ensure DMPTool stays current, Covey has joined a national working group of data management librarians.
To make their published data easier to find, reuse, and cite, researchers can also turn to the library for other new tools, such as the Dryad Digital Repository. In addition, the library has recruited a new data services specialist to meet the expanding needs of Rockefeller researchers.
“Ultimately, we want to be a key resource for data management and we’re looking forward to helping researchers with the best tools and expertise every step of the way,” says Covey.