Minimizing Disclosure Risk in HHS Open Data Initiatives. 1. Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research


This memorandum was issued on February 22, 2013 by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and calls for all federal agencies that are engaged in research and development to outline plans to provide public access to all results of scientific projects that are receiving federal funds. With respect to scientific data, OSTP requires that agencies maximize free public access to digitally-formatted data created with federal funds, while protecting privacy and proprietary information. This involves requesting that grant recipients outline data management plans and detail any reasons why their data cannot be made publicly accessible. OSTP also requests that agencies allow for the inclusion of appropriate costs associated with data management and access in federal grant proposals.

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