What is considered "scientific data" for the purposes of the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy?

Answered By: Julie Goldman
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2022     Views: 10

The final NIH Policy defines Scientific Data as: “The recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as of sufficient quality to validate and replicate research findings, regardless of whether the data are used to support scholarly publications. Scientific data do not include laboratory notebooks, preliminary analyses, completed case report forms, drafts of scientific papers, plans for future research, peer reviews, communications with colleagues, or physical objects, such as laboratory specimens.” Even the scientific data that are not used to support a publication are considered scientific data and within the final DMS Policy’s scope.

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