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AAU-APLU Working Group Discusses Public Access to Research Data at CNI Meeting—Video Online

Mary Lee Kennedy, Kacy Redd, Katie Steen, and Tyler Walters on panel at CNI meeting
“Public Access to Research Data” panel at CNI Meeting

Representatives of the Association of American Universities (AAU)–Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Public Access Working Group reported on an October 2018 workshop at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, on December 10. ARL executive director Mary Lee Kennedy moderated the panel discussion by Kacy Redd, assistant vice president of STEM education policy, APLU; Katie Steen, policy associate, AAU; and Tyler Walters, dean, University Libraries, Virginia Tech.

The panel reported on an invitational National Science Foundation–funded workshop organized by APLU and AAU. The workshop 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 and Recommendations (PDF) published in 2017, which contained recommendations for federal agencies, guidance for research universities, and data management resources.

Watch the 35-minute video of the panel discussion at the CNI Membership Meeting. 

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

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