Two New Resources for Writing NIH Data Management & Sharing Plans: Sample Plans and Pitt-Specific Guidance

While investigators have been hard at work preparing grant proposals under the new NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy, the community of librarians and data professionals that support them have been developing tools to simplify the process. Since our last update in April 2023, two new resources have appeared that HSLS Data Services wants to share:

  1. The NIH now provides 13 sample data management and sharing plans for a variety of data types, research domains, and institutes and centers. These samples were produced from real data management and sharing plans and contain details specific to their research projects; they are not meant to be used as templates, only as examples of the types of details and level of specificity that can be included in the plan.
  2. DMPTool, an interactive tool that walks researchers through the process of creating a data management and sharing plan (DMSP), now includes Pitt-specific guidance such as the language for Element 6, “Oversight of Data Management and Sharing,” recommended by the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Research Protections.

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Freedom House Ambulance Service of Pittsburgh – Making Medical History

Freedom House Ambulance Service was established in Pittsburgh in 1967. It was a cooperation between Freedom House Enterprises, a non-profit Black-administered organization focused on the development of Black-owned and operated businesses, and the Presbyterian University Hospital. Freedom House provided training for unemployed members of the Hill District community, teaching them to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and deliver paramedic service to the area that lacked access to emergency services. This training equipped future paramedics with skills like intubation and defibrillation, which no one had performed in the out-of-hospital setting before. The Freedom House training would eventually become the model for the national standard of EMT training.

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Featured Class: Protecting Your Privacy Online

Join us for this class:
Wednesday, August 9, 2023, noon-1 p.m.
Register for Protecting Your Privacy Online*

Have you ever clicked “I agree” without reading an app’s terms and conditions? Given a browser extension permission to read and change data on all sites you visit?

The aggregation of data collected by apps and websites can be used by advertisers, law enforcement, and propagators of misinformation to predict and shape human behavior.

In this hour-long class, you will learn who is collecting your data and what they may be doing with it, and you will learn about options to increase your privacy and control over your own data.

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Modernized Website

The modernized officially launched on June 21, 2023. The world’s largest clinical trial and results registry, contains information about nearly 450,000 clinical research studies, including information about study results. Overall improvements to the website include standard features to ease navigation and optimize use of the site on mobile devices.

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HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, and more.


Julia Dahm, Assistant Director for Technology Integration and Fulfillment Services, was acknowledged for her assistance in figure preparation in the article:

Guo, X., Liu, S., Sheng, Y., Zenati, M., Billiar, T., Herbert, A., & Wang, Q. (2023). ADAR1 Zα domain P195A mutation activates the MDA5-dependent RNA-sensing signaling pathway in brain without decreasing overall RNA editing. Cell reports, 42(7), 112733. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2023.112733

Michele Klein-Fedyshin, Research and Clinical Instruction Librarian, and Andrea Ketchum, Research and Instruction Librarian Emeritus, co-authored the article:

Klein-Fedyshin M, Ketchum AM. PubMed’s core clinical journals filter: redesigned for contemporary clinical impact and utility . J Med Libr Assoc. 2023 Jul 10;111(3):665-676. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2023.1631.

This article was also featured as the JMLA Spotlight in the Association News blog on July 13, 2023.

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