Directives from major research funding agencies in the past decade or so established Data Sharing requirements for grant applications: specifically, applications must include a supplementary document, usually called a “Data Management Plan” that describes how the proposal will conform to policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results.
Key organizations working on development standards for data management and curation
Council on Library and Information Resources: With IMLS funding, a CLIR team conducted the DataRes project to "explore ways in which the library and information science (LIS) profession could best respond to the need for better research data management in universities." Click on the link to read their final report: Researcher Data Management
DataCite: Focused on developing and supporting "methods to locate, identify and cite data and other research objects. Specifically, DataCite develops and supports the standards behind persistent identifiers for data, and our members assign them.
IASSIST: IASSIST members "advocate for responsible data management and use, to build a broader community surrounding research data, and encourage the development of data professionals."
re3data.org: A Registry of Research Data Repositories sponsored by DataCite.
Research Data Alliance: RDA enables data to be shared across barriers through focused Working Groups and Interest Groups, formed of experts from all around the world – from academia, industry, and government.
Guidelines for data management and curation in the social sciences
Data management plan: a formal document that outlines what a researcher/research team will do with the data collecting during and after a research project.
Data curation: The University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science defines data curation as “the active and ongoing management of data through its life cycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education. Data curation activities enable data discovery and retrieval, maintain its quality, add value, and provide for reuse over time, and this new field includes authentication, archiving, management, preservation, retrieval, and representation.” Factors to be considered include file formats, data documentation (ie, metadata collection), and accessibility.
Data archives/repositories: typically formalized, institutional repositories for data. Archives provide for long-term, stable, reliable access to data.
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