New public access plans released

In February, three funding agencies – AHRQ, USDA and NASA – released plans for public access to funded research (i.e., publications and data). These plans are in response to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo ” Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research .” Here are a few highlights from the plans:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

  • The AHRQ Public Access Policy will be in full effect by October 2015.
  • Grantees will be required to submit final, peer-reviewed journal manuscripts to PubMed Central .
  • Whenever possible, digital data from funded research “should be stored and publicly accessible to search, retrieve, and analyze.”

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • The plan outlines how USDA will implement (over the next few years) policies, procedures, infrastructure, and outreach & training to increase public access to USDA-funded publications and data.
  • Beginning January 1, 2016, grantees will be required to deposit manuscripts in the USDA public access archive, PubAg .

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • NASA plans to have its policy full implemented by October 2015.
  • Grantees will be required to submit final, peer-reviewed journal manuscripts to PubMed Central , which NASA selected as the best manuscript repository for its needs.
  • Grant applications will soon require data management plans, which address whether and how digital data will be preserved and accessible.

Data Management Workshops

The University Library’s Savvy Researcher workshops include a series of three data management workshops this spring:

  • Introduction to Data Management
  • Documentation and Organization for Data and Processes
  • Making Research Data Public: Why, What, and How

The Research Data Service workshop page provides details and links for registration.

Also, checkout the full Savvy Researcher workshop schedule for other opportunities to improve your research and information management skills!

UIUC Data Management Video

If you would like an introduction to data management, watch this 8-minute Introduction to Data Management video that covers data storage , backups , security , file organization and data description .

Two UIUC librarians, Sarah Shreeves and Sarah Williams, originally recorded this as a data management micro-lecture for the Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Research Sciences (TOPRS) project, but the video content is general enough to apply to all disciplines.