New Repositories: University of Illinois Library’s “Illinois Data Bank” Provides Storage, Access To Research Data Of Illinois Faculty
The Research Data Service – a new program based at the University Library and designed to help Illinois researchers manage their research data – developed the Illinois Data Bank, a file-based repository that preserves research data. The service is available to U. of I. faculty, staff and graduate students.
Heidi Imker, the director of the Research Data Service, said grant-funding agencies and publishers are increasingly asking researchers to make their research data publicly available to others to review or reuse.
“Although at first pass it can seem like a burden, making data available has many benefits for our campus researchers,” Imker said. “Not only does sharing give others the ability to really verify or extend your findings, the transparency shows you have confidence in your research. It can also extend the impact of your work by serving as another research product that can be discovered and cited.”
Illinois is working with the University of Minnesota, Washington University, Cornell University, the University of Michigan and Penn State University to develop a shared-data curation network through an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation planning grant. Imker said each campus will provide expertise in a particular subject area.
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