The Data Curation Network will host the Summit for Academic Institutional Readiness in Data Sharing (STAIRS) on August 5-6, 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.

Applications closed on May 17, 2024. Each institution should submit one application. Interested participants can view a PDF version of the application, as well as the rubric we will be using to evaluate applications.

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. 

STAIRS Planning Team

The STAIRS team is composed of:

Jake Carlson, University at Buffalo

Joel Herndon, Duke University

Mikala Narlock, University of Minnesota

Wind Cowles, Princeton University

Wendy Kozlowski, Cornell University

Jon Petters, Virginia Tech

Leslie Delserone, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Katie Miller, University of Minnesota

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