Best Practices for Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research

In February, 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo titled, "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research." The goal of the new policy is to ensure that, as stated in the memo, "to the greatest extent and with the fewest constraints possible and consistent with law and the objectives set out below, the direct results of federally funded scientific research are made available to and useful for the public, industry, and the scientific community. Such results include peer-reviewed publications and digital data." The memo goes on to require that any research project utilizing federal funds, done by either intramural or extramural researchers, must include open access research data management and publication plans. Further, agencies and organizations receiving federal research monies must provide for the long-term preservation and access of digital research data and resulting publications. While the transportation sector has only recently begun to look at issues of long-term research data preservation and open access, there are a handful of transportation agencies and organizations that have experience with quite large research data sets. Further, other federal agencies and federally-funded organizations, especially in the hard sciences and medicine, have had data management requirements in place for several years, creating a pool of knowledge and experience the transportation research community can draw from. This research should produce 1. A survey of current practice in providing open access to federally-funded research data; 2. Information and training materials designed to guide agencies and organizations towards compliance; and 3. A manual of best practices, case studies, sample policies, and potential state and federal synergies. The outputs of this project are expected to assist state departments of transportation (DOTs) and transportation research organizations to efficiently come into compliance with OSTP directives around "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research." Note: Implications of federal and state laws should be examined and emerging practices documented and evaluated. Consideration should be given to producing a research roadmap covering the important issues.


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  • Status: Proposed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Start Date: 20150805
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40226

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572343
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: 20-110
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2015 1:00AM