Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH), Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), and The Association of American Universities and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (AAU-APLU) have recently highlighted the benefits and challenges of sharing data, managing data, and maintaining research data systems. In fact, U.S. agencies and foundations such as Gates are increasingly requiring data management plans and open sharing of research data. PUSH’s report, Open Access and Open Data at PUSH Universities, reveals that PUSH universities do not have open data policies, and only 15 have open access policies and portals. In addition, there seems to be an lack of awareness, capability, infrastructure, and support to comply with open data and funders’ requirements. Some universities have repositories, while a few coordinate efforts of the researchers with the offices of sponsored programs and libraries.
In this Webinar, we will describe definitions of open access and open data, benefits that open data can bring, and why funders are requiring data sharing and data management plans. Also, Utah State representatives will describe their policy and guidance to help faculty comply with funders’ data management and open data requirements.
Discuss open data and data management requirements
Explain why data sharing is important to funders
Share examples of open data policies
Discuss challenges of meeting open data requirements
Begin cooperation among researchers, universities, funders, journals, and research associations to help develop policy alignment
Anne Mims Adrian, PUSH Open Data Project Manager, Auburn University (Host)
Jaime Adams, Senior Advisor for International Affairs, USDA
Kevin Peterson , Executive Director, Sponsored Programs, Utah State University
Betty Rozum, Data Librarian, Utah State University
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