Lightning Talk: Program Description Abstract
When the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Warn Researchers about Spies: Implications for Open Science
Monday, May 6
5:15 PM - 5:20 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)
Research Librarian for Life Sciences & Research Metrics
North Carolina State University Libraries
Salt Lake City, Utah
Data Science Librarian
The University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Background : On August 20, 2018, NIH Director Francis Collins distributed a letter to grant recipient institutions describing newfound discoveries about foreign entities' "systematic programs to influence NIH researchers and peer reviewers." The letter goes on to describe concerns about diversion of intellectual property, sharing of confidential grant information, and failure of some researchers to disclose funding and resources from foreign governments. The NIH Working Group convened to examine these concerns made numerous recommendations for the NIH to consider to mitigate these issues, while preserving relationships with foreign nationals.
Description : As the NIH works to resolve these issues, it must balance its policies favoring openness and sharing with research integrity. Librarians need to be aware of these issues to best help our colleagues share their data appropriately. We will briefly review the NIH's recent concerns, export control laws, and data sharing policies in context of librarians' roles in data management, data sharing, and open science. We will discuss implications of NIH warnings for librarians working with data management, data sharing, and open science.
Conclusion : Combined with existing export control laws, concerns about foreign influences on research may cause researchers to think twice about openly sharing data. Librarians working with data must be familiar with both data sharing and data restrictions to most effectively work with researchers. Librarians can take a proactive stance working with their institutions to both raise awareness of the concerns raised by the NIH as well as help our fellow researchers navigate what data can and should be openly shared.