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Data Management

Data Management

“Data management” and “data management plans” are phrases increasingly heard within academic and scientific communities. More and more science journals are requiring data sharing as a contingency for publication, and in 2013 the White House Office of Science and Technology released a new policy stating:

...the results of unclassified research that are published in peer-reviewed publications directly arising from Federal funding should be stored for long-term preservation and publicly accessible to search, retrieve, and analyze in ways that maximize the impact and accountability of the Federal research investment.

Data Sharing

Why should you share your data?

  • Visibility: It will help enhance the visibility of your research.
  • Replication and Accountability: It will allow for more efficient research and promote scientific replication while showing the relevance of your research and preventing the duplication of work.
  • Community Development: It will promote collaboration and cooperation within the scientific community
  • It’s Required: Many funding agencies, grants, and journals now require data sharing
  • Scientific Advancement: Sharing and re-use of your data can help advance science
  • Open Access: It helps support open access principles
  • Time Savings: Putting your research in a repository allows you avoid responding to data requests and will give you more time to focus on your research.
  • Preservation: It can preserve your data, which will protect your investment of time and resources for the long-term.

Contact Us

For more information on data management plans and storing data sets, contact our Jefferson Digital Commons librarian:

Kelsey Duinkerken, Special Collections and Digital Services Librarian