Libraries Offer Resources for New Data/Sharing Requirements

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A new directive from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) strengthens data management and sharing for the results of research funded by the organization.

All researchers, regardless of funding level, seeking grants from the NIH will now be required to follow the new guidelines laid out in the NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy, which went into effect on January 25, 2023.

Leading up to the implementation of this new policy, the University of Texas Libraries has been preparing new resources and learning opportunities so that members of the campus community seeking NIH grant funding will be prepared and supported as they comply with new requirements. Part of the new requirements expects that researchers plan to share data in an open data repository at the time they publish about the data or before the end of their project.

On January 10, Research Data Services staff, in partnership with department liaison librarians, from the Libraries led a workshop on "Data Management and Sharing Practices for NIH Funded Researchers and Beyond" to introduce university researchers to the changes they can expect in NIH policy and provide an overview of good research data management practices.

Staff have also developed a new NIH Data Sharing & Public Access Policy LibGuide for researchers to reference as they plan for and carry out NIH-funded projects to ensure compliance with the latest data management and sharing requirements.