UIUC NSF BIO DMP template

Since 2011, I have provided a Word/PDF NSF Biological Sciences DMP template for UIUC, similar to the Engineering template provided by Grainger . With the release of new DMP guidance from the Biological Sciences Directorate in October 2015 , I have decided to phase out the UIUC NSF BIO DMP template in favor of the DMPTool , which provides DMP templates for many funding agencies.

There are a few reasons for this decision:

  • When I first created the template, the DMPTool did not exist. Now the DMPTool is regularly updated, covers many funding agencies, and has been customized for UIUC.
  • More life sciences funding agencies have implemented or will implement DMP requirements (See a list from the Research Data Service ), and I will not be able to maintain templates for all of these funding agencies.
  • As more data sharing options become available on campus (e.g., a data repository is in development), it will become difficult to present the options effectively in a Word or PDF document.

If you have thoughts or comments about this, feel free to contact me – Sarah Williams , Life Sciences Data Services Librarian.

Data Management for Researchers

Data Management for Researchers: Organize, Maintain and Share Your Data for Research Success by Kristin Briney may be of interest to researchers looking for practical data management guidance. The book includes sections on:

  • Planning for data management
  • Documenting your data
  • Organizing your data
  • Managing secure and private data
  • Short-term storage
  • Sharing/publishing your data

The book was recently highlighted on the AAAS EurekAlert! – Getting the growing research data problem under control .

Reminder: Data Purchase Program

The University Library’s Data Purchase Program allows campus researchers to apply for funds ($5,000 or less) to acquire data for their research.

See the full announcement for information about eligible data sets, selection criteria, and a link to the application form.

Applications can be submitted at any time, but the deadline for first consideration is October 1, 2015. Purchases from this first round of applications will be announced by November 15.

Data Purchase Program

The University Library’s Data Purchase Program allows campus researchers to apply for funds ($5,000 or less) to acquire data for their research.

See the full announcement for information about eligible data sets, selection criteria, and a link to the application form.

Applications can be submitted at any time, but the deadline for first consideration is October 1, 2015. Purchases from this first round of applications will be announced by November 15.

Public Access Plan Implementations

In October 2015, several federal agencies are expected to fully implement their public access plans for publications and data resulting from grant funding. These agencies include: AHRQ, ASPR, CDC, DOE, FDA and NASA.

For publications, the mandate requires articles to be openly available, whether or not the original publication was open access. Most plans call for articles to be deposited into a central government repository, such as PubMed (AHRQ, ASPR, FDA) or CDC Stacks (CDC). The DOE plan allows for open access articles on publisher websites and articles in local institutional repositories (e.g., UIUCs IDEALS). Most agencies require publications to be deposited within a year of publication, although some agency plans state within a year of acceptance for publication.

The expectations for data are more varied. One commonality is that data management plans (DMPs) will be required for most agency grant proposals. Where and when data are expected to be deposited varies widely. Agency plans offer few specifics on where to deposit data but mention established, disciplinary repositories; data commons; and data inventories. Regarding when to deposit, most agency plans say with article publication, but some plans say within one year of collection or within a reasonable time.

Be aware that more that more agency plan implementations are on the horizon. In December 2015, NIH will complete its plan implementation, which includes a new requirement for DMPs with all grant proposals. In January 2016, NSF and USDA will implement their public access plans.

For background information, these plans are in response to the White Houses Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research ( http://go.illinois.edu/OSTP_Memo ).