What is it?

Starting on January 25, 2023, NIH’s Data Management and Sharing Policy went into effect. Researchers who submit an application to NIH for research that results in the generation of scientific data will be required to include a separate document discussing how they will manage and share their data. This document is called a Data Management and Sharing Plan (DMS Plan). The Plan specifically asks researchers to name the repository through which they can share data most broadly and effectively. data repository they will share their research in.

Why does NIH have this policy?

NIH wants to promote the sharing of scientific data. Doing so will allow others to validate research results and build upon existing datasets. Thinking about how you will manage and share your data early in the research process will make it easier for you to execute data sharing when your project is done. NIH is just one of many public and private funders that have such a policy.

How JHU Data Services Can Help
Reviewing Your Plan
JHU Data Services can review your draft DMS Plan. We recommend that you use DMPTool.org to draft your plan and then request our feedback. If you do not want to use the DMPTool, simply use the NIH-supplied
template and email us at dataservices@jhu.edu with your draft plan.
• Sharing your Data
If your data can be shared publicly, you can share your data in an open access repository such as the Johns Hopkins Research Data Repository. For human participant data, this means it is fully de-identified and your consent form allows for public sharing. If you are not able to fully de-identify your data or you have other restrictions, you will need to
share your research in a controlled-access repository such as Vivli. JHU Data Services can help you identify an appropriate repository. The National Institute of Health also maintains a registry of
NIH-supported data repositories for researchers.

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