What data needs to be made sharable under the NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy?
Under the DMS Policy, researchers are expected to maximize the appropriate sharing of scientific data, which is defined as data commonly accepted in the scientific community as being of sufficient quality to validate and replicate the research findings.
Not all data generated during NIH-supported research will constitute scientific data under the DMS Policy. Specifically, the DMS Policy does not expect researchers to share:
- Data that are not necessary for or of sufficient quality to validate and replicate the research findings,
- Laboratory notebooks,
- Preliminary analyses that are not necessary for or of sufficient quality to validate and replicate the research findings,
- Completed case report forms,
- Drafts of scientific papers,
- Plans for future research,
- Peer reviews,
- Communications with colleagues, or
- Physical objects, such as laboratory specimens
NOTE: This differs from the WCM Data Retention Policy, which calls for retention of additional material.
Adapted from: NIH DMS Plan FAQ