“Research Data Sharing Illustration,” generated by OpenAI’s DALL·E 3, April 2024.

The Data Curation Network and the members of the Realities of Academic Data Sharing (RADS) Initiative are pleased to announce the expansion of the RADS project to include additional institutions. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the DCN are seeking five US-based academic libraries to join a research project focused on understanding the costs for public access to research data. By incorporating five new, varied institutions, we seek to gain insights into the variations in data management and sharing costs, particularly for non-R1 classified institutions. 

Excitingly, participating institutions will receive complimentary membership in the DCN during the course of the project, scheduled from approximately September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2026! In addition, successful applicants will receive:

  • Travel support for cohort participants to attend in-person events, including the DCN 2025 and 2026 All Hands Meetings, the project kick-off meeting, and one national conference.
  • Administrative support for conducting interviews and surveys at each institution in the new program cohort.
  • Administrative support to help with data analysis, including data cleaning, and development of institutional visualizations related to the project. 
  • Dedicated time from a DCN staff member to support local research data management and sharing services, such as support for training and education for library staff and the evaluation and scoping of local research data management and sharing services.

If you have any questions, you can attend our information session on April 29, 2024, at 3pm ET for an information session on the details of the RADS research project. Registration is required, but there will be plenty of time reserved for Q&A. Please see the extended Expression of Interest for more detail.

This research is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant LG-254930-OLS-23.

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