Washington Update

NCI Seeks Community Input on Existing Data Sharing Processes

By: Yvette Seger
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Recognizing the importance of data that are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) in advancing research discovery, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to better understand existing data management practices within the cancer research community. Specifically, NCI seeks input on a range of information, including the types of data being collected by individual research teams and shared research facilities; processes for data storage, preservation, and sharing; and existing standards for scientific data and related metadata. Information collected through this RFI will be used to inform NCI-specific guidance on scientific data management as part of the NIH-wide Policy for Data Management and Sharing that went into effect in late January.

NCI specifically seeks input from across the cancer research enterprise, including individual research laboratories, staff from shared research facilities, individuals who assist with data curation and analysis, and key institutional administrators. Responses should be submitted via the designated web form by April 3.

Want to expand your knowledge of best practices and strategies to facilitate data management, sharing, and research across your research team? Be sure to check out FASEB DataWorks!—particularly the recently launched Help Desk and monthly Salons—to access resources and conversation spaces intended to help researchers in the biological and biomedical sciences navigate and adopt practical data sharing reuse practices.