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Project Title:

Ensuring the Utility and Integrity of Research Data in a Digital Age
PIN: CSEP-Q-06-02-A        

Major Unit:

Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy

RSO: Arrison, Tom

Subject/Focus Area: Policy for Science and Technology

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will conduct a study of issues that have arisen from the evolution of practices in the collection, processing, oversight, publishing, ownership, accessing and archiving of research data. The key issues to be addressed are:

1. What are the growing varieties of research data-?. In addition to issues concerned with the direct products of research, what issues are involved in the treatment of raw data, pre-publication data, materials, algorithms, and computer codes?

2. Who owns research data, particularly that which results from federally-funded research? Is it the public? The research institution? The lab? The researcher?

3. To what extent is a scientist responsible for supplying research data to other scientists (including those who seek to reproduce the research) and to other parties who request them? Is a scientist responsible for supplying data, algorithms and computer codes to other scientists who request them?

4. What challenges does the science and technology community face arising from actions that would compromise the integrity of research data? What steps should be taken by the science and technology community, research institutions, journal publishers, and funders of research in response to these challenges?

5. What are the current standards for accessing and maintaining research data, and, how should these evolve in the future? How might such standards differ for federally-funded and privately-funded research, and for research conducted in academia, government, nongovernmental organizations, and industry?

This project is sponsored by The National Academies, USDA, NASA, USGS, DHHS, DOE, Eli Lilly and Company, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Nature Publishing Group, The Rockefeller University Press, New England Journal of Medicine, American Chemical Society, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, AAAS, American Geophysical Union and IEEE.
The approximate start date for the project is 01/02/2007.
A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 12 months.

The study will not address privacy issues and other issues related to human subjects.
Update 2-29-08: The project duration has been extended. The report is expected to be issued by July 1st, 2008
As of 7-1-08, the project duration has been further extended and the report will be issued in fall 2008.
Update 1-9-09: The project duration has been extended. The report is expected to be issued by April 1, 2009.
Update 4-10-09: The project duration has been extended. The report is expected to be issued by June 1, 2009.
Update 7-7-09: The project duration has been extended. The report is expected to be issued by July 31, 2009.

Project Duration: 12 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 04/16/2007
 Meeting 2 - 09/17/2007
 Meeting 3 - 12/10/2007


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Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age