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Nsf Will Require Scientists Seeking Funding to Submit Data Management Plans

By National Science Foundation

May 12, 2010

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced a change in the implementation of the existing policy on sharing research data. Beginning in October 2010, NSF plans to require that all proposals for funding include a data management plan in the form of a two-page supplementary document. The changes are designed to address the needs of data-driven science.

"Researchers from numerous disciplines need to work together to attack complex problems; openly sharing data will pave the way for researchers to communicate and collaborate more effectively," says NSF's Ed Seidel. The NSF also wants to avoid a one-size-fits all approach to data sharing.

Data management plans will now be subject to peer review and the approach will allow flexibility at the directorate and division levels to tailor implementation as appropriate. "The change reflects a move to the Digital Age, where scientific breakthroughs will be powered by advanced computing techniques that help researchers explore and mine datasets," says NSF's Jeannette Wing.

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