Open data is the lifeblood of scholarship, powering new research and making peer-review and validation of scholarship possible. Not only is it good practice, most funders today require not just open data but also a clear plan for managing research data. Federal agencies like the NIH, and NSF established practices that the White House now requires all large agencies to follow.

Despite the importance of research data management, however, many scholars are still developing best practices and may need help navigating the technical, legal, and social issues. Librarians can be a powerful resource for data sharing and data management, with the infrastructure and expertise needed to meet funder mandates and make data widely available. Working with NCSU’s Data Management team, Will has helped researchers create data management plans for proposals that were awarded grants and written about the way that libraries can use data support services as a training ground to develop new expertise in this field and forge closer relationships with faculty researchers.

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