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UNC Data Stewardship Report

In the spring of 2011, the UNC-Chapel Provost formed the Task Force on the Stewardship of Digital Research Data and charged its members with exploring the implications of data management for the University and making recommendations for University policy.  The Task Force investigated the data management landscape through research in the literature, conversations with faculty and staff, and an in-depth faculty survey designed and administered by the Odum Institute.  The resulting report was submitted to administrators in mid-February 2012 with recommendations for university policies and procedures.  While the recommendations specific to UNC have been redacted, the rest of the report is now publicly available.  Although the main body of the report reiterates material with which many in IASSIST will already be familiar, the appendices may be of interest.  Appendix 5 provides the interview questions for the group’s initial case studies of how faculty manage their research data, some of which are profiled in the text of the report.  Appendix 6 provides the instrument for the faculty survey; and Appendix 7 presents the summarized results of the survey, with a total of 2,765 respondents.

Association of Research Libraries (ARL): The National Science Foundation (NSF) Data Sharing Policy: Resources for Data Management Planning

The ARL NSF Resources for Data Management Planning pulls together resources for research libraries to support their researchers in complying with the NSF Data Sharing Policy. This portal represents a variety of sites containing examples, data management tools, and data repositories. Professionals can participate in ARL's Group on Data Sharing Support.

California Digital Library (CDL): Manage Your Data

CDL: Manage Your Data provides guidance on data management plans, an overview of data requirements of USA funding agencies and general guidance on creating, organizing, managing, and sharing data by the California Digital Library. Data management planning information refers both to specific National Science Foundation (NSF) plan requirements and to more generic guidance.

Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (Relu): Data Management Planning

Relu's Data Management Planning site has data management planning guidance, template and real-case examples of data management plans from the UK-based cross-disciplinary Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (social, environmental and biological sciences). Relu has its own data management and sharing policy and all funded projects are required to prepare a data management plan when they begin.

Government of Canada: Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Policy on Access to Research Outputs

The CIHR Policy on Access to Research Outputs demonstrates the CIHR's belief that greater access to research publications and data will promote the ability of researchers in Canada and abroad to use and build on the knowledge needed to address significant health challenges.

Government of Canada: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Research Data Archiving Policy

The SSHRC funding council "is committed to the principle that the various forms of research data collected with public funds belong in the public domain. Accordingly, SSHRC has adopted SSHRC Research Data Archiving Policy to facilitate making data that has been collected with the help of SSHRC funds available to other researchers."

Government of Canada: Access to Research Results: Guiding Principles

The Government of Canada's principal funders of research and scholarship in higher education collaborated to produce Government of Canada: Access to Research Results: Guiding Principles to ensure data produced by public funding remains as widely available as possible.

DataCite: DataCite Metadata Schema for the Publication and Citation of Research Data

The DataCite Metadata Schema for the Publication and Citation of Research Data is a list of core metadata properties chosen for the accurate and consistent identification of data for citation and retrieval purposes, along with recommended use instructions. This schema was developed by DataCite International Data Citation Metadata Working Group, released March 2011.

OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding

The OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding (PDF) represents guidelines based on commonly agreed principles to facilitate cost-effective access to digital research data from public funding. It is intended to improve the international sharing of, and access to, research data.

University of Minnesota Libraries: Managing Your Data

The University of Minnesota Libraries: Managing Your Data site examines the research data lifecycle and offers tools and solutions for creation, storage, analysis, dissemination, and preservation of data. Includes an extensive list of funding agency guidelines and links to example data management plans.

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