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University Groups Detail Recommendations for Ensuring Public Access to Research Data

By Association for American Universities

The Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today released a report that details principles and recommended actions universities and federal agencies can take to advance timely access to data from federally-sponsored research grants.

The report, produced by a working group of research university leaders that AAU and APLU convened, details steps federal agencies can take to facilitate public access to research data in a viable and sustainable manner that advances science in the public interest while minimizing the administrative burden on agencies, universities, and researchers. The report also contains actions universities should take both collectively and individually to align with the goals of research data sharing.

Lisa Lynch, Provost at Brandeis University and Sarah Nusser, Vice President for Research at Iowa State University co-chaired the AAU-APLU Public Access Working Group.