Sharing research data and scholarship is of national importance due to the increased focus on maximizing return on the government’s investment in research programs. Recent policy changes have directly affected the management and accessibility of publically-funded research. On January 18, 2011 the National Science Foundation (NSF) required data management plans to be submitted with all grant proposals. On February 22, 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the President of the United States extended a similar requirement to all federal agencies with research and development budgets of more than $100 million. These requirements illustrate the need for further coordination and management of data as scholarship with traditional publications. The Purdue University Libraries and the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) collaborated to develop a comprehensive work flow that links technical report production with the management and publication of associated data. This paper illustrates early initiatives to integrate discrete data publications with traditional scholarly publications through leveraging new and existing repository platforms and services. The authors review government policies, past data sharing practices, early pilot initiatives, and work flow integration between Purdue’s data repository, traditional press, and institutional repository. Through the adoption of these work flows, the authors propose best practices for integrating data publishing and dissemination into the research process. The implementation of this model has the potential to assist researchers in meeting the requirements of federal funding agencies, while reducing redundancy, ensuring integrity, expanding accessibility, and increasing return on research investment.
data management, transportation, data curation, technical reports
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Zilinski, L., Scherer, D., Bullock, D., Horton, D., and Matthews, C. (2014). “Evolution of Data Creation, Management, Publication, and Curation in the Research Process“ Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.