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Managing Your Data

Take care of the products of your research -- the tips here will help your work be available long into the future!

Why is open data important?

This video from the publisher PLOS highlights why open data is important, why sharing in a repository is helpful, and covers some general steps and info about data sharing.

Why share your data in a repository?

Image with bullet points explaining why data posted in a repository is more accessible

Funder mandates related to open data

There are many federal memos and guidelines that dictate how and where federally funded research data must be shared. The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) has been issuing guidance since 2013. 

Federal funders such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have introduced data management and sharing policies. 

Most recently, OSTP introduced the Nelson Memo, which provides guidance to federal agencies to update their public access policies by the end of 2025 so that all publications and research funded by taxpayers will be publicly accessible, without an embargo or cost, immediately upon completion of the research. 

For researchers, this will mean that they will need to be proactive in finding and choosing a repository for their data, and making their data accessible, open, and machine- and human-readable. This guide, and the Library's Data Services, can help you. 

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