Data Sharing and Public Access

In keeping with our commitment to openness in intellectual inquiry, research, and education, Bates encourages faculty to make research data available according to the best practices of their disciplines. Bates also provides resources to facilitate data sharing and public access to scholarly products.  In addition, many funding agencies require a DMSP for projects involving data collection as part of a grant proposal. In addition, most funders (even those that don’t require a DMSP at the time of submission) have record retention policies that extend years beyond submission of the final grant reports.

Krystie Wilfong, Associate College Librarian for Collection Management, is the Public Access Compliance Representative who verifies National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access requirements. Please contact her for technical assistance in working with myNCBI, PubMed Central, and/or publishers.

Pete Schlax, Science and Data Librarian, works with SPaRC to provide support to faculty to manage and share their data over the life of their projects.

Those applying for National Science Foundation support are encouraged to review the NSF requirements for public access.

The Data Management and Sharing Resources page includes several data management, dissemination, and file storage tools.

SCARAB (Scholarly Communication and Research at Bates) is the institutional repository for scholarly and creative works produced by faculty, students and staff. SCARAB has a dual role in both promoting access to the college’s scholarly output and ensuring its long-term preservation. The repository is sponsored and administered by Information and Library Services.