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Making Sense of Data: What You Need to Know About Persistent Identifiers, Best Practices, and Funder Requirements

MODERATOR: Christine Casey Editor, Serials Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, Georgia SPEAKERS: David Carr Policy Advisor Wellcome Trust London, United Kingdom Patricia Cruse Executive Director DataCite San Francisco, California Shelley Stall Assistant Director, Enterprise Data Management American Geophysical Union Washington, DC Kerry Kroffe Senior Editorial Manager PLoS One San Francisco, California REPORTER: Darren Early American Society for Nutrition Rockville, Maryland This session focused on data from the perspectives of funders, standards and tools, policy, and operations. David Carr noted that Wellcome Trust (WT) has long been committed to ensuring research outputs can be accessed for societal benefit and has been a persistent, long-term advocate of open access and data sharing. Open sharing of research outputs can accelerate discovery, help to validate and reproduce research findings, and reduce duplication and waste in research efforts. Momentum has been growing internationally for open access and data sharing, and the policies of research funders with respect to data have converged (e.g., requirements for preservation and sharing of data and for data management plans). Expectations have also emerged for specific data types, such as requirements for clinical trial registration. WT’s data management and sharing policy (2007, updated 2010) expects all researchers to maximize access to research data, requires a data management and sharing plan, and commits to supporting the costs of such plans as an integral part of WT grants. A survey of WT researchers regarding open research uncovered concerns about misuse of data, loss of publication opportunities, and the resources and time […]

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