Mary Lee Kennedy
Association of Research Libraries
Assistant Vice President of STEM Education Policy
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Association of American Universities
Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University
This panel presentation will report on a National Science Foundation-funded workshop held in October 2018 on public access to data. The invitational workshop, organized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Universities (AAU), convened small teams of library leaders, chief information officers, data scientists, and vice presidents of research from approximately 30 universities to 1) advance institutional plans to provide public access to research data, 2) foster inter-institutional collaboration and build consensus around key system requirements for managing FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data, and 3) encourage discussion across stakeholder communities, including universities and funders, to support common approaches to data sharing. The workshop followed an APLU-AAU Public Access Working Group Report published in 2017, which contained recommendations for federal agencies, guidance for research universities, and data management resources.