Advancing public access to research data is essential to improving transparency and reproducibility of scientific results, increasing scientific rigor and public trust in science, and accelerating the pace of discovery and innovation.
The guide is designed to help institutions develop and promote systems to support sharing of research data. It provides actions institutions can take to improve access to research data. It also contains information concerning the infrastructure and support that may be required to facilitate data access, and it offers specific examples of how various institutions are approaching challenges to sharing research data and results.
In 2018, APLU and AAU led a National Science Foundation-funded workshop (NSF #1837847) helping institutions develop strategic plans for making data resulting from federally funded research publicly available. The workshop provided a venue for learning, sharing, and planning to support research universities as they implement systems for public access to research data.