May 25, 2022

AAU-APLU Working Group Releases Report, Recommendations on Ensuring Public Access to Research Data

From the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU):


The Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today released a report that details actions universities and federal agencies can take to ensure public access to federally-sponsored research data.

“Ensuring that research data are more accessible clearly has tremendous potential to fuel scientific analysis and discovery by making data more open to scrutiny, re-analysis, and extension,” states the report. It goes on, “…by committing to a set of shared principles and minimal levels of standardization across institutions and agencies, we can help minimize costs, enhance interoperability between institutions and disciplines, and maximize the control institutions can exert over how they ensure access to publicly funded scholarship.”


Lisa Lynch, Provost at Brandeis University and Sarah Nusser, Vice President for Research at Iowa State University, co-chaired the AAU-APLU Public Access Working Group. Other members of the working group included provosts, vice presidents for research, chief information officers, library representatives, and compliance officers from AAU and APLU universities.

The report also contains data management resources to provide universities with the information, tools, and additional guidance for making data publicly available. The associations will continue to support efforts related to the report and are discussing holding a series of future discussions and workshops with representatives from their campuses to advance its specific goals and recommendations.

Direct to Full Text Report (8 pages; PDF)

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