Mastering Information

Prepare for NIH Data Management and Sharing Plans Using the DMPTool

Beginning with the January 25, 2023 grant cycle, the NIH will enact a policy requiring all NIH grant submissions to include a two page Data Management and Sharing plan (henceforth referred to as the plan). The plan outlines how the investigator will store, protect, and ultimately share research data generated from NIH funds. You can begin  [Read more]

Announcements

Upcoming Login Changes for eRA Commons and NCBI Users

This page was updated April 27, 2022. The ways you log in to eRA Commons and NCBI accounts will be changing. eRA Commons NIH announced that two-factor authentication will soon be required for eRA Commons users as of early 2022.  Two options are available: Login.gov. account. With one login.gov account, users can sign into multiple  [Read more]

Announcements

NCBI is Transitioning to Federated Credentials in June 2021

NCBI will be transitioning from NCBI-managed login credentials to federated account login credentials managed by eRA Commons, Google or by a university point of access (WUSTL Key).  NCBI-managed login credentials currently allow users to login to their MyNCBI portal for resources such as PubMed, My Bibliography, and SciENcv. NCBI-managed login credentials also allow users to  [Read more]

Science and Informatics

Preparing for the costs of data management and sharing plans

Data management and sharing plans are becoming a more common requirement from funders. The NSF requires a data management plan (DMP) for grant submissions, which includes a section describing how data will be shared. The NIH has released a draft of a data management and sharing policy that, when implemented, will require a description of  [Read more]

Science and Informatics

The Case for Open Data

Last week, Becker Library premiered a new video, “The Case for Open Data,” during Open Access Week. The video features three researchers discussing the value and benefit of open science, open data and open access on their work. Scientists may be more or less familiar with these “open” concepts depending on their specialty as well  [Read more]

Science and Informatics

Use Validated Data Collection Instruments and Avoid Reinventing the Wheel

Data collection instruments such as surveys, questionnaires and intake forms that have been rigorously tested for validity often exist but are not always easy to find. Using existing validated instruments reduces duplication of effort, promotes harmonization of data collection standards, adds credibility to results and allows for comparison of results across studies. Options for locating  [Read more]