NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K Initiative)

NIH commits $24 million annually for Big Data Centers of Excellence

The National Institutes of Health will fund up to $24 million per year for four years to establish six to eight investigator-initiated Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence.

The centers will improve the ability of the research community to use increasingly large and complex datasets through the development and distribution of innovative approaches, methods, software, and tools for data sharing, integration, analysis and management. The centers will also provide training for students and researchers to use and develop data science methods.

More information is available at:

Guidelines for OSTP Data Access Plan | ICPSR

Guidelines for OSTP Data Access Plan by ICPSR

ICPSR recently updated their website to provide guidelines for OSTP Data Access Plan. In February 2013, the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy published a memo entitled “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research,” which directs funding agencies with an annual R&D budget over $100 million to develop a public access plan for disseminating the results of their research.

“ICPSR strongly supports this memorandum and feels it will promote re-use of scientific data, maximize the return on investments in data collection, and prevent the loss of thousands of potentially valuable datasets.”

To help these and other federal agencies develop their public access plans, ICPSR is providing guidance on how to meet the requirements laid out in the memo.

More information about OSTP Data Access Plan and guidelines are available at:

Elsevier and Dryad Implement Reciprocal Linking

Progress for Data: Elsevier and Dryad Implement Cross-linking between Datasets and Published Research Articles

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the Dryad Digital Repository, a leading archive for scientific and medical research data, today announced that they have implemented two-way linking between their respective content.

The full text of the press release is on the Dryad blog:

The text of a press release from Elsevier, announcing use of the image below to direct viewers of online articles to the underlying data in Dryad.

(Update: July 26, the Wall Street Journal covered this story:

Best Practice Guidelines for Researchers: Managing Research Data and Primary Materials | Griffith University

Best Practice Guidelines for Researchers and Research Data Management Roadmap published by Griffith University, Australia

Sam Searle, eResearch Senior Specialist, Griffith University, has announced the release of a couple of consultation reports. Both documents are available under a CC-BY unported licence.

Are You Interested in Saving Scientific Data? | CODATA

What is the Data-at-Risk Inventory?

The Data-at-Risk Inventory (DARI) is an ongoing project of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) Data at Risk Task Group (DARTG), in partnership with the University of North Carolina’s Metadata Research Center at their iSchool, to create a catalog of scientific data that are at risk of being lost. DARI is a descriptive inventory of endangered data that are held by others, and an inventory of data rescue projects; it is not a repository for data. DARI is an implementation of DARTG’s recognition that long-term observational scientific research depends on historical records.

DARI is looking for librarians, archivists, information custodians, data managers, scientists, researchers, and others who know of scientific data that could be at-risk, and are willing to contribute a description of that data to the inventory. They have also begun to document data rescue projects, and they are seeking descriptions of any known effort to preserve or rescue at-risk data.

To contribute to the inventory:

Second Annual Data Seal of Approval Conference | ICPSR

Second Annual Data Seal of Approval Conference

Mary Vardigan, Associate Director of ICPSR and Chair of Data Seal of Approval, has made an announcement about the 2nd Annual Data Seal of Approval Conference in Ann Arbor, MI, October 8, 2013.

  • Theme: Data Seal of Approval Conference 2013
  • Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI, on the campus of the University of Michigan

The Data Seal of Approval is an initiative to provide basic certification to data repositories. Receiving the DSA signifies that data are being safeguarded in compliance with community standards and will remain accessible into the future. The DSA and its quality guidelines are relevant to researchers, organizations that archive data, and users of the data.

This conference is in cooperation with the ICPSR Biennial Meeting of Official Representatives conference “Beyond Access: Curating Data for Discovery, Re-Use, and Impact,” October 9-11, 2013. 

The full DSA conference program can be found here: