Gulf Research Program Data Management Policy
The Gulf Research Program (GRP) promotes the responsible management of scientific information that maximizes the value of the data through practices that curate data and information products for future use and make them widely available for public discovery and access*. GRP grantees are required to make data and information products generated with GRP funds discoverable and accessible by submitting them to a data repository within one year of the grant end date. Below is a list of data repositories to be used by Gulf Research Program grantees:
Grantees wishing to submit their data to a repository not listed will need to submit a written request to the GRP indicating a justification for using an alternate repository. GRP staff must approve the request to submit data to a repository not on this list in order for grantees to be compliant with the GRP’s data management policy.
When submitting to a repository grantees will need to ensure that each data package has a metadata record and a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to aid in data discovery and sharing. A link to the data’s location will be submitted to the GRP via the data and information reporting forms.
Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity
The Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB) is an international repository intended to facilitate ecological and environmental research. For scientists, the KNB is an efficient way to share, discover, access, and interpret complex ecological data. Due to rich contextual information provided with KNB data, scientists are able to integrate and analyze data with less effort. The data originate from a highly-distributed set of field stations, laboratories, research sites, and individual researchers. The foundation of the KNB is the rich, detailed metadata provided by researchers that collect data, which promotes both automated and manual integration of data into new projects.
To submit data to KNB go to: https://knb.ecoinformatics.org/#share
National Centers for Environmental Information
NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) hosts and provides access to one of the most significant archives on earth, with comprehensive oceanic, atmospheric, and geophysical data. From the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun and from million-year-old ice core records to near-real-time satellite images, NCEI is the Nation’s leading authority for environmental information.
By preserving, stewarding, and maximizing the utility of the Federal government’s billion-dollar investment in high-quality environmental data, NCEI remains committed to providing products and services to private industry and businesses, local to international governments, academia, as well as the general public.
To submit data to NCEI, GRP grantees should use the Send2NCEI tool: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/s2n/
National Institutes of Health
This table lists NIH-supported data repositories that make data accessible for reuse. Most accept submissions of appropriate data from NIH-funded investigators (and others), but some restrict data submission to only those researchers involved in a specific research network. Also included are resources that aggregate information about biomedical data and information sharing systems. The table can be sorted according by name and by NIH Institute or Center and may be searched using keywords so that you can find repositories more relevant to your data. Links are provided to information about submitting data to and accessing data from the listed repositories. Additional information about the repositories and points-of-contact for further information or inquiries can be found on the websites of the individual repositories.
OpenICPSR is a great place to share and store your social and behavioral science research data. Your data will be preserved as-is and be available to data users at no cost. OpenICPSR is undergoing development and is currently free for all users to share their data up to a 2GB limit.
To submit data to ICPSR, create an account here and then create a project in your workspace.
For any questions related to submitting data, please contact:
Program Officer - Information Science
Email: [email protected]
*This article offers a perspective on why practices that make data publicly discoverable and accessible are important for scientific research.