The newly issued requirement for a data management plan in proposals submitted to U.S. National Science Foundation and other federal funding agencies prompted many institutions to develop their own policies to conform to this new requirement as well as to more effectively manage, share, publish, and provide access to research data. While the need for guidelines or a framework in developing such data policies is imminent, research is lacking in this area. The study reported here addresses this need by using a content analysis of 67 policy documents from 20 institutions. Our preliminary findings reveal an uneven distribution of data policies among the institutions and disciplines included in this study. We are currently coding the data policy documents. The coding scheme is discussed.
Categories and Subject Descriptors
K.6.0 [Computing Milieux]: Management of Computing and Information Systems – General.
Management, Documentation, Standardization, Legal Aspects.
Institutional Repositories, Data Management, Data Policy, Data Sharing, Data Access, Data Publishing, Data Citation, eScience
Bohémier, K., T. Atwood, A. Kuehn, & J. Qin. (2011). A content analysis of institutional data policies. Joint Conference of Digital Libraries, June 13-17, 2011, Ottawa, Canada.