NIH Seeks Input on Metrics to Assess Value of Biomedical Digital Repositories

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is soliciting the input of the scientific community regarding “metrics to assess the value and impact of biomedical digital data repositories that may provide a basis for technical and science policy actions required to support” repositories’ long-term sustainability. NIH notes that its goal for data management and sharing “is to make publicly-funded data broadly accessible to support reuse, reproducibility and discovery while simultaneously balancing the costs and the benefits.” Accordingly, the agency has issued a request for information (RFI), (NOT-OD-16-133), seeking information on qualitative and quantitative metrics that describe utilization at multiple levels; quality and impact indicators,; quality of service; governance and infrastructure; qualitative metrics; and the use of case studies demonstrating the value of the repository. For more information and/or to respond, see the Notice. The agency further announced that it expects to release an additional RFI on “NIH Data Sharing Strategies” in the near future.

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