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Research Impact Challenge: Day 4

Day 4 Content By:

Jess Newman McDonald

Research Data & Scholarly Communication Lead

Sarah Newell

Assessment & Data Services Librarian

Day 4: Learn How and Why to Share Your Research Data

It’s Day 4 - We’ve learned how sharing your articles more broadly with Open Access can improve your impact, today we’ll discuss the how’s and why’s of sharing your research data!

Incorporating data sharing as an integral part of your research workflow not only benefits the broader scientific community but also positions you as a proactive and influential researcher. By increasing visibility, fostering collaboration, and contributing to the advancement of knowledge, sharing your research data effectively magnifies the impact of your research endeavors.



Over the last 20 years we have seen growing commitments to open science and data reuse by global funding agencies. Most recently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) began requiring the submission of and adherence to a data management plan (DMP) for all federally funded research producing scientific data under the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy (DMSP). On the heels of the NIH DMSP, The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released an open access memo in August 2022 providing policy guidance to federal agencies for “ensuring free, immediate, and equitable access to federally funded research (Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy 2022).” 


Learn more about Health Science Library Data Services!

Challenge 1: Learn about funder data sharing mandates

Challenge 2: Make your data citable


Challenge 3: FAIR data standards


Challenge 4: Get started writing a DMP