There is a heightened national awareness on the issue of research data quality and management. In an effort to foster research that is reproducible, robust, and transparent, the National Institutes of Health has introduced the data Rigor and Reproducibility initiative. This includes new requirements for grant applications submitted January 25, 2016 and beyond; researchers will be required to follow strict new rules on the reporting of their scientific premise, experimental design, choice of sex/other biological variables, and authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources. Don’t be caught off guard by these new requirements! Another aspect of data transparency is good data management and storage. CSU Libraries presents opportunities to self-archive data in the CSU Digital Repository and make them available to the global research community and discoverable via the Internet, leading to increased citations and satisfied mandates for open access. It hosts over 70,000 digital objects produced at CSU, including research data, oral histories, presentations, video, posters, reports, conference proceedings, and photographs. The digital repository provides stability with responsive services to preserve and provide access. Finally, in an effort to formalize researchers responsibility regarding data management, CSU is in the process of approving a research data policy outlining the issues of data ownership, storage, transfer, and sharing. This policy will affect anyone at CSU who produces research data; our goal in developing this policy is to better support CSU researchers in establishing a data management plan per federal guidelines and general good data management practices.
Goals and Target Audience:
We will discuss three new efforts that will impact researchers at CSU 1) the NIH Data Rigor and Reproducibility initiative, 2) the proposed CSU research data policy, and 3) the new CSU central data repository.
These changes will affect those doing any type of research at CSU that generates data, and those seeking funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2016 and beyond.