Event Explores Data Policies For Federally Sponsored Research
NEW YORK, September 13, 2011 –

In light of requirements instituted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) earlier this year, managing data has become a hot-button issue for federally funded researchers. On Tuesday, September 27, at 12:00 PM in Columbia University’s Faculty House Presidential Rooms 2 & 3, the event “Data Management and Federal Funding: What Researchers Need to Know” will examine how researchers can best address growing demands for accessible and reusable research data. The event is free and open to the public.  We invite those interested to pre-submit questions for the panel; send them to kp2002 [at] columbia.edu or send a direct message on Twitter to @scholarlycomm before 5:00 PM on Friday, September 16, 2011.


The NSF now requires all grant applicants to outline their plan for managing and sharing the data that will result from their sponsored research. Other federal government agencies that sponsor research are also likely to implement similar policies mandating increased openness and access to research data. The panel will explore the goals of these requirements as well as the technical, scientific, and professional challenges resulting from efforts to preserve and share data.

The speakers are recognized leaders in developing best practices for data curation, preservation, and sharing in support of knowledge discovery. Sayeed Choudhury is Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs, Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University, and Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Data Conservancy. Victoria Stodden is Assistant Professor of Statistics at Columbia University and a member of the NSF's Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure. Kerstin Lehnert is a Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Integrated Earth Data Applications data facility.

Sponsored by Columbia University’s Scholarly Communication Program, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, and the Office of Research Compliance and Training, this event is free and open to the public. It is the first event of this semester in the speaker series, Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, organized by the Scholarly Communication Program. Follow the series remotely via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ScholarlyComm. For information about Research without Borders, please email Kathryn Pope at kp2002@columbia.edu, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events.

The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) explores innovative models for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, hosts events and maintains a website to educate the Columbia community about changes taking place within the scholarly communication system. Services provided by the SCP and its sister programs support promising new modes of scholarly exchange.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

The Office of Research Compliance and Training helps ensure that Columbia faculty and staff are in compliance with the complex web of regulatory requirements that govern research. ORCT collaborates with many of the other offices listed on this site to foster an integrated research compliance program. ORCT administers the University’s conflict of interest review process for research, serves as a resource for international research compliance issues, and administers Columbia’s Standing Committee on the Conduct of Research, which addresses issues of research misconduct. ORCT works to integrate compliance education programming across the University, and to develop new programming that promotes understanding of compliance issues throughout the research enterprise.

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