SPARC has collaborated with COAR on a comprehensive set of recommendations to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy RFI on desirable characteristics of repositories for sharing and managing federally funded research data.
Good data management is critical for ensuring validation; transparency of research findings, as well as to maximise impact and value of publicly funded research through data reuse. Repositories provide crucial services that manage and provide access to data, articles, and a wide array of other types of scholarly content and are essential community tools for good data management.
This response seeks to achieve a balance between the use of best practices for managing data in repositories while at the same time ensuring that requirements are not so overly onerous that they result in excluding a large number of repositories. SPARC and COAR have proposed a framework that provides essential practices for repositories, based on specific objectives.
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