UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – In October 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new data management and sharing policy that will take effect on January 25, 2023. Penn State has assembled a committee to provide guidance and training on this new policy.
The new Data Management and Sharing Policy provides a more comprehensive, flexible, and modern approach to data management and sharing requirements than previous policies (although still linked). The policy aims to foster a culture of data stewardship by advancing rigorous and reproducible research and promoting public trust in research.
The policy will apply to any research funded or conducted in whole or in part by the NIH that results in the generation of “scientific data,” which the NIH defines as “recorded factual material…of sufficient quality to validate and reproduce the results.” research, regardless of whether the data is used to support scholarly publications. One of the main objectives of the policy is to “maximize[e] the sharing of scientific data while recognizing the factors (legal, ethical or technical) that may affect the extent to which it can be shared. So while the policy requires that all data be managed, it does not mandate that all data must be shared.
NIH has a history of promoting data stewardship and sharing for data reuse in future research, as evidenced by various historical policies that still hold sway: 2003 NIH Data Sharing Policy, NIH’s 2014 Genomic Data Sharing Policy, as well as the 2016 NIH Policy on the Release of Information About NIH-Funded Clinical Trials (Clinical Trials Policy).
In an effort to raise awareness of the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy and its implications for researchers, a small committee was formed, made up of Penn State staff across the University, including Dr. Courtney Karmelita, Dr. John Hanold, Dr. Sheila Vrana, Dr. Briana Wham, and Ashley Stauffer.
The committee was tasked with providing advice to researchers on key aspects of policy – offering meetings and presentations to interested parties. Although the group plans to join various research communities and stakeholders at the University, any group wishing to request a presentation can do so by completing this form. Anyone wishing to give their opinion on the desired institutional support or ask questions about the policy can do so here.