May 25, 2022

New Resource: Library and Higher Education Groups Release Communication Toolkit for Implementing Effective Data Practices

From the Association of Research Libraries:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Association of American Universities (AAU), and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) are pleased to release a communication toolkit for facilitating institutional communication and discussions around the broad adoption of persistent identifiers (PIDs) and machine-readable data management plans (maDMPs).

This communication toolkit draws upon the outcomes of a 2019 conference, “Implementing Effective Data Practices: A Conference on Collaborative Research Support,” convened by ARL, CDL, AAU, and APLU and sponsored by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The overall goal of the conference was to explore the ways that scholarly communications stakeholders can assist in implementing a more connected ecosystem for research data outputs. A set of recommendations to support the broad adoption of persistent identifiers (PIDs) and machine-actionable data management plans (DMPs) was summarized in the final report. Specifically, the conference identified and determined:

  • What barriers exist to implementing persistent identifiers and machine readable data management plans
  • What kinds of model workflows might address those barriers, while minimizing faculty burden
  • What implementation means for institutional data governance (for example, sharing DMPs across campus units, between institutions, and publicly)
  • Findings to bring back to policymakers, funding agencies, and institutions so they can engage in a discussion about next steps
  • Recommendations of effective practices for grants offices, including guidance to their researchers

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