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.