The Realities of Academic Data Sharing (RADS) Initiative entered its second phase of funding in July 2023, thanks to support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Since that time the team has been hard at work, reviewing outputs of the first phase funded by the National Sciences Foundation, and preparing for the second round of research, which will feature “deep dives” at each institution to better understand the nuances of data sharing costs. While there will be many more RADS updates in the coming months, we wanted to highlight two recent RADS publications of potential interest.

Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Activities, version 3

Drawing on feedback provided by stakeholders, including participants of the 2022 and 2023 RADS surveys and interviews and funder representatives, the RADS team has released an updated list of data management and sharing (DMS) activities.

The RADS Public-Access DMS Activities may be useful for administrators as a foundation for conducting an institutional scan on research data management and sharing support services. These activities may also be helpful for researchers who need to assess their data sharing needs, budget for data management and sharing expenses, and establish early connections at their institution for project facilitation. For more information on how these resources may be utilized by administrators and researchers, see the ARL Views blog post “Navigating the Complex Landscape of Research Data Management and Sharing (DMS): DMS Activities from the RADS Initiative.”

Conversations with US Federal Agency Funder Representatives

The RADS team convened semi-structured conversations with funding agency representatives in the fall of 2023. This information was used to not only further refine the DMS Activities, but also will be useful for informing the RADS research agenda. Read the full summary of conversations on the ARL Views blog: “Conversations with US Federal Agency Representatives: Exploring Data Management and Sharing Expenses.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Similar Posts