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Gearing Up for 2023: Implementing the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

February 23, 2022

From the NIH Office of Science Policy

Back in October 2020, NIH issued its Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy to further our commitment to making the research we fund available to the public. Our strategic decision to make the effective date for the Policy approximately two years later led some to ask NIH “why wait so long?” while others asked “why not give us more time?” Fortunately, the answer to both these questions is the same. Our goal is to lead a cultural shift that makes data sharing the norm. The degree of that shift, for some, may vary.  For example, many data sharing policies are already in place and researchers currently sharing data will likely not need to significantly alter their approach. But prospective planning for how to share data (i.e., developing plans, requesting NIH funds) may be new for some. As such, it seemed reasonable that two years was the right balance of time to lay the groundwork  for implementation. Today I am excited to provide an update on what NIH is doing to make our data management and sharing efforts a success on the one-year mark prior to the Policy’s effective date.

Read more in this Under the Poliscope blog.