Director of Research

Data Management and Publishing

Planning the management of your data at proposal time and throughout its lifecycle is becoming increasingly important to funding agencies and is essential to ensure its current usability and long-run preservation and access. Please check the links at left for resources to help in preparing your data management plans and publishing research data.

*NEW* WHOI login to DMP Tool

New October 2014: WHOI PIs now have access to the DMP Tool Online, a web-based tool to help you build your data management plan that includes step-by-step guidance and information specific to many United States granting agencies and their directorates. See Data Management Plan Checklist in the left menu.

Recent presentation for research data management

Please find a PDF with slides attached (link below) for a presentation from September 2014 on research data management, by Audrey Mickle, WHOI's Data Librarian. Learn more about data management topics and techniques to help manage a growing volume of research data in an increasing collaborative environment.

Developments in Data Publishing and Citation

The MBLWHOI Library continues to be involved in national and international collaborations dealing with best practices and standards for data publication and citation (e.g., Ocean Data Publication Cookbook, 2013 UNESCO Manuals and Guides 64). The Library has developed a workflow and metadata guidelines to deposit datasets in the Institutional Repository (IR), the Woods Hole Open Access Server (WHOAS).  The Library has focused on data associated with articles, but there are also many other datasets in the repository.  Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) can be assigned making the data citable.  WHOAS datasets are included in Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index. The assignment of DOIs also enabled a partnership with Elsevier.  Article records in ScienceDirect that are related to a dataset in WHOAS display a banner that links to the datasets.  The system works for DOIs assigned to datasets either before or after publication.   Tools and procedures also have been developed to automate the ingestion of deposits from BCO-DMO. The system also incorporates functionality for BCO-DMO to request a DOI from the Library.  This partnership allows the Library to work with a trusted data repository to ensure high-quality data, while the data repository utilizes library services and is assured that a permanent archived copy of the data is associated with the persistent DOI. 

Increased NSF focus on Data Management

The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a press release describing a decision made at the May 5, 2010 National Science Board meeting to change the implementation of the existing policy on sharing research data. It was decided that around October 2010 all proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation must include a data management plan as a 2-page supplement. Requests to cover costs associated with these data management plans can be included in the proposal budget. This echos actions of other research funding agencies such as NIH, NASA, NOAA, and the EU Commission.

The WHOI directorate reviewed the data management needs of its prinicipal investigators over the summer of 2010 with a goal of producing a data management strategy and set of document templates that can be used in responding to this situation. Note: Update as of October 2014: WHOI PIs now have access to the DMP Tool Online, a web-based tool to help you build your data management plan that includes step-by-step guidance and information specific to many United States granting agencies and their directorates. See Data Management Plan Checklist in the left menu.

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Last updated: October 16, 2014