Set your calendars – the Summit for Academic Institutional Readiness in Data Sharing (STAIRS) will be held August 5-6 2024 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities!

The STAIRS team is also delighted to announce that applications for the summit are open now through May 17, 2024. Interested participants can view a PDF version of the application, as well as the rubric we will be using to evaluate applications.

Accepted institutions will be invited to send up to three participants to STAIRS. Each participant will receive travel support to attend the summit.

Goals of the STAIRS Summit:

The STAIRS summit is designed to bring together data service providers, institutional repository (IR) managers, data curation professionals and other key stakeholders from across universities who support managing and sharing research data. We will use the summit to build up our communities of practice for institutionally based research data services and repositories in academic libraries, identifying common areas of need and exploring ways to strengthen connections between institutions. 

STAIRS Agenda:

We will continue to share more in the coming weeks, including a detailed agenda. In the meantime, attendees can expect topics to include:

  • What is the current state of institutionally based data services and repositories?
  • What are current and emerging expectations for data sharing, as identified in documents such as the Desirable Characteristics of Data Repositories for Federally-Funded Research, and how can we best incorporate them into institutional policies and practices? 
  • What challenges and opportunities are common to institutions and where could institutional data service providers work more closely together as a community to address them?

Who should apply:

We strongly encourage applicants from a range of institutions that vary in size, research activity, and level of development of services and infrastructure for research data management and sharing. We invite applications from all institutions regardless of Carnegie classification, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, or other Minority-serving institutions. 

Even if your institution has just begun planning for research data management and sharing, we invite you to apply!

We look forward to seeing your applications! You can also reach out to project PIs, Jake Carlson (jakecarl[at] and Mikala Narlock (mnarlock[at], with any questions.

This summit is funded under the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy’s program, Data Management Center of Excellence (DMCOE). 

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