Update: NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing Released

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released their final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS Policy) requiring the submission of Data Management and Sharing Plans and compliance with the approved Plans for NIH-funded or conducted research that results in the generation of scientific data. The policy will go into effect on January 25, 2023.

In his statement on the policy, the Director of the NIH, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D, said that the “extraordinary effort to speed the development of treatments and vaccines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has put into sharp relief the need for the global science community to share scientific data openly.”  “This policy also establishes the baseline expectation that data sharing is a fundamental component of the research process, which is in line with NIH’s longstanding commitment to making the research it funds available to the public,” he said. 


Refresh Your Data Management Savvy This New Year

Happy New Year’s! The start of a new year and a new semester are as good a time as ever to evaluate your data management practices. Here are some reminders about data management best practices, groups on campus who can help you with managing your data, and some upcoming opportunities for you to sharpen your skills.


New DMPTool Version Released

Information from DMPTool 


Research Data Services is excited to share that DMPTool released version 3 on February 27, 2018! For those unfamiliar with DMPTool – it is a tool that can help you understand the data management plan (DMP) requirements from federal funders, write your own DMP, and share your DMP with others.

DMPTool noted that the new version includes the following updates –

To access DMPTool with your UW-Madison NetID, visit DMPTool and click “Sign In” on the upper-right hand corner of your screen. From the drop down menu that appears, select option 1, “Your Institution”. Type “Wisconsin” into the text box that appears and select “University of Wisconsin-Madison” from the options and select “Go”. From there the NetID process should appear as usual.

RDS team will be updating the DMPTool with more UW-Madison specific help in the future, so be sure to keep an eye on the blog for that announcement! Until then, if you have any questions about DMPTool, feel free to contact us!


NSF Releases New Public Access Plan

By Allan Barclay, Ebling Library

New Requirements to Make Work and Data More Transparent and Reusable

April 2015 – The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released a set of public access requirements for researchers applying for grants with an effective date on or after January 2016. According to the plan, entitled Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries, the objectives of increasing public-accessibility are to make research and data easier for other investigators and educational institutions to use, and spur innovation from these same communities.

The NSF sees these requirements as the “initial implementation” of a framework that will change and grow over time to include additional research products and degree of accessibility.

The scope of the plan is initially focused on four types of outcome products:

  • Articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Papers accepted as part of juried conference proceedings
  • Articles/juried papers in conference proceedings authored entirely or in part by NSF employees
  • Data generated and curated as part of an NSF-required Data Management Plan (DMP).

Researchers who receive all or partial NSF funding will be required to

  • Deposit either the version of record or final accepted peer-reviewed manuscript of these products in a public access compliant repository as designated by the NSF. At this time, the NSF has designated the Department of Energy’s PAGES (Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science) system as their designated repository.
  • Make these outcome products freely available for download, reading and analysis no later than 12 months after initial publication.
  • Provide a minimum level of machine-readable metadata with each product at the time of initial publication.
  • Ensure the long-term preservation of products.
  • Provide a unique persistent identifier to all products in the award annual and final reports.

The NSF expects that investigators will be able to deposit research products into the PAGES system by the end of the 2015 calendar year. Data underling journal article or conference paper findings should be deposited in a repository as specified by the publication or as described in the research proposal’s DMP.

Public access requirement specifics will be provided in future NSF documents and grant solicitations.

For more information on how these new requirements could affect your grant proposal, contact the solicitation’s Cognizant Program Officer or the UW-Madison’s Research Data Services.

DOE Public Access Plan: Scientific Publications & Data Management Plan

DOE Public Access Plan:  Scientific Publications & Data Management Plan
September 11, 2014  from 11:00-12:15pm
Engineering Hall, Room 3609

L&S Pre-Award Services, together with CALS, Engineering and RSP, is hosting an informational presentation on this new DOE requirement.  Presenters include Julie Schneider from the Ebling Library, and Ryan Schryer and Brianna Marshall from UW Research Data Services.  Those who submit proposals to and have award funding from the DOE should attend.

Please register at the OHRD link

September 25 Webinar on ORCID Adoption by Funders

25 September 2014, 10 am EDT (UTC-4)

Please register in advance for this free webinar.

ORCID is partnering with the Health Research Alliance, a consortium of biomedical research foundations, to host a free webinar on how funders are using ORCID identifiers in their workflows and systems.  The webinar will feature presentations by leaders at private and public funding organizations in the U.S. and Europe.  Join us to learn why funders are integrating ORCID identifiers into common CV platforms, mandating use during grant submission, and leveraging identifiers to improve tracking and evaluation.

Learn more.