ACRL Submits Comments to NIH on Proposed Data Management and Sharing Policy

On December 5, 2018, ACRL provided comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy in response to the NIH Request for Information on Proposed Provisions for a Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy for NIH Funded or Supported Research.

In commenting on the definition of scientific data, ACRL suggested that NIH reconsider the exclusion of laboratory notebooks and case reports. In commenting on the requirement for a data management and sharing plan, ACRL made several suggestions including that NIH provide guidance on making data shareable, clearly define key terms, consider designating the data management plan (DMP) as Additional Review Criteria and incorporating review of the DMP in the overall impact score, reconsider the proposed DMP limit of 2 pages, and offer more explicit guidance to explain minimally adequate preservation. In commenting on the optimal timing implementation, ACRL noted that with robust guidance and infrastructure, a year of community preparation could be sufficient and suggested providing tutorials or other learning objects in the call for proposals could be helpful. ACRL concluded by applauding the NIH for allowing costs associated with data management and sharing to be requested in the budget allowance.