|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. The Director of Research is planning activities through the summer of 2010 to look at shifting data management requirements from funders and the larger needs of WHOI scientists in this area.|
October 1, 2010 Status Update
The new NSF data management plan requirements were published as part of the new NSF Grant Proposal Guide last Friday, October 1. These apply to all NSF proposals submitted after January 4, 2010. More info from NSF, including Frequently asked Questions can be found here -- (includes some FAQs).
Also, Jen Schopf gave a talk in the Redfield Auditorium on Friday October 1. After a short (approx. 15 minute) talk Jen answers questions from WHOI researchers on this topic. See links on the right hand side of this page for more information.
We have extended the deadline for the WHOI data management survey until next Wednesday (October 13). We would really like to get a representative sample of staff so please take the survey if you have not already done so. Thanks!
Increased NSF focus on Data Management
|NSF Data Policy|
Powerpoint presented to Larry Madin by Ocean Informatics Working Group describing recent (May 2010) changes in NSF's data management policy (and enforcement) strategies.
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently 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 is taking this opportunity to review 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. A proposed set of next steps is found below.
Suggested next steps for Summer 2010The following is a list of steps that have been taken and are being taken to research WHOI scientist data management needs and put together a strategy for meeting these needs. The order of these have not been finalized. Status indicated is as of October 5, 2010.
- Create a WHOI-internal website providing pointers to helpful information and updated as more information becomes available (DONE)
- Distribute an institutional letter from Susan Avery informing PIs what is going on in response to NSF announcement (DONE)
- Arrange an 3 all-hands meetings to discuss the change in NSF data management policy, PI needs, and to identify possible responses to those needs. (DONE, only 1 talk given but talk and Q & A session was video recorded for others to see)
- Consider creation of an ad-hoc data management subcommittee of the WHOI SACC to follow summer progress and make recommendations on action (DONE)
- Execute a survey to understand the true needs of WHOI. The survey should cover what needs they expect to have in the future as part of their proposal, a description of current and potential use and experience of thematic archives (BCO-DMO, Ridge2000, etc.); individuals interest in helping define new WHOI data management strategy. (DONE)
- Provide a brief introduction and presentation at department meetings on topic. (could included as part of the planned department meetings intended to review recent Ocean Informatics Working Group (OIWG) activities) (In Process)
- Before October 2010 create a set of template data management plans (4?) to be used by PIs to include in proposals as data management plans. These would reflect the range of solutions developed over the summer to meet PI needs. (In Process)
Last updated: September 6, 2012