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OSTP Seeks Info on Suitable Research Data Repository Features

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is looking for input on “desirable characteristics” of data repositories to be used for information collated from federally funded research.

OSTP said in a Federal Register notice posted Friday that it aims to help federal agencies identify suitable features for government and nongovernment-operated systems designed to locate, manage and share research data.

According to OSTP, all data repositories for federally funded research must promote equal access and use a common format. Repositories must also have features for restricted access, privacy, download control, data retention and breach response.

OSTP noted that it intends to “reduce the burden for researchers” and “inform coordinated agency action” for research data storage as part of the effort.

Interested parties may submit feedback through March 6.

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