The NIH has published a Request for Information (RFI) in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts seeking public comments on strategies for data management, sharing, and citation by Dec. 29, 2016.
Points under consideration:
- how digital scientific data generated from NIH-funded research should be managed, and to the fullest extent possible, made publicly available; and,
- how to set standards for citing shared data and software.
The complete RFI, as well as instructions on how to comment, can be found on the NIH OSP website.
The NIH is committed to data sharing in order to speed translation of research results into improvements for human health. Data stewardship “relies upon appropriate identification, adoption, and crediting of good data management and sharing practices, thus, NIH is adopting principles to make data “FAIR” (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable; http://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201618).” More about the importance of this RFI can be found in a post on the NIH’s science policy blog.