US Plan for Data Repositories

Added by Michael Jubb on 27 March 2007 18:18

Declan Butler reports in Nature that a new US Interagency Working Group on Digital Data (IWGDD) is considering a plan to store almost all scientific data generated by federal agencies in publicly-accessible digital repositories. The IWGDD wants to establish a robust infrastructure to provide all researchers with a permanent home for their data; and it is considering making submission of well-documented data to repositories a requirement of getting a grant. Such a move would mark a step change in current requirements, and in provision, far beyond what exists currently in the UK or in Europe.

It will be interesting to see how these plans develop, as in the UK and in Europe we consider how best to develop the e-infrastructure for research.

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