Data Sharing

Community Description

The Data-Sharing Community creates and coordinates a learning agenda for HRA membership interested in navigating the data-sharing ecosystem. The group facilitates sessions, collects and disseminates information and resources and serves as a thought-partnership community for HRA membership. The current learning agenda aims to:

  1. Inform HRA members about the issues and leading thinking surrounding data sharing.
  2. Help members in their decision-making processes regarding the creation of  data sharing policies.
  3. Support HRA members with resources and insights as they develop and implement data-sharing policies.

The Data Sharing Community is a subgroup of the Open Science Task Force. It became clear to the participants in the Task Force that though Data Sharing is a very important aspect of Open Science, there are enough issues to tackle, information to gather, and resources to generate, that this group should be a formal subgroup with its own co-chairs.

The Key Activities this group has undertaken to achieve the above aims are:

  • Providing access to leaders (via hosting meetings and webinars) in the data-sharing ecosystem
  • Sourcing learning topics from HRA membership
  • Collecting and disseminating robust data-sharing policies as well as organization checklists for creating a policy
  • Providing the environment for thought-partnership and coordinate shared services among members, when appropriate
  • Collaborating with federal and other non-federal research funding institutions on data-sharing policy

Other activities and events include:

Hosting sessions at Members Meeting to identify the high level processes necessary to create and implement data sharing policies.

Developing a road map to facilitate HRA Members’ development of their own policies.

Quarterly webinars about data sharing topics:

The basics of Data Sharing led by Warren Kibbe

Other topics include: sourced from HRA membership during the November breakout session

  • how to advocate for data-sharing within your organization and the value of a data-sharing policy
  • evaluating data-sharing plans and monitoring compliance to a data-sharing policy
  • vetting/selecting/learning about data-sharing repositories
  • incentivizing data-sharing for the research community


The Data Sharing Community is being chaired by: