Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Where Should You Keep Your Data?

The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 23rd, 2015

Federal funding agencies have made it clear that grant proposals must include plans for sharing research data with other scientists. What has not been clear is how and where researchers should store their data, which can range from sensitive personal medical information to enormous troves of satellite imagery.
In the past, investigators have had to fend for themselves. Although data-sharing requirements have been in place for years at key grant agencies, universities have been slow to assist principal investigators in meeting those obligations. As a result, many keep data on individual hard drives and field requests for it on their own.
The good news is that formal policies — with recommendations for storage — are beginning to emerge from federal agencies. The bad news is that if you don’t comply with the new policies, you might be prohibited from receiving additional grant money.

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