The DCN is excited to announce the next phase of our project, “Sustaining Open Research: Institutional Repository Readiness.” 

Building on our virtual learning series held in Summer/Fall 2023, we are excited to share our plans to host the Summit for Academic Institutional Readiness in Data Sharing (STAIRS) in August 2024! This summit is funded under the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy’s program, Data Management Center of Excellence (DMCOE). The DMCOE is a project of HHS’s Health FFRDC, which is operated by MITRE.

At this event, we will bring together key stakeholders from academic institutions, including data service providers, institutional repository (IR) managers, and data curation professionals. We will use the summit to strengthen our communities of practice for institutionally based research data services and repositories in research libraries. Our goal is to enable connections between institutions that facilitate sharing high quality datasets in a FAIR and ethical manner. We will also identify common areas of need that would benefit from a more community driven development approach – instead of working in isolation in our respective institutional silos.

Attendees will assess the current alignment of IRs with the Desirable Characteristics of Data Repositories for Federally-Funded Research and other key documents. We will then identify and discuss areas for local data services and IR development through cross-institutional alignment. The project team will be identifying the structural themes of the summit in the coming weeks, based on key social and technical challenges of providing research data services and institutional (data) repositories. 

We are still setting a date for STAIRS, to be held in August 2024 at the University of Minnesota. After the summit we will use what was learned to draft a technical report. 

Stay tuned for more information on this project, including a call for participation, in the coming weeks on our blog! You can also subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the know.

If you have any questions, please contact project lead, Mikala Narlock, at: mnarlock [at]

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