Abstract: Over the past several years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has embarked on a number of initiatives to improve the management and dissemination of research data. These include the development of a NIST-wide public data repository, deployment of a configurable data curation system, development of data discovery platforms through resource registries, use of electronic lab notebooks, and development of a laboratory information management system for electron microscopy. We also participate in research data organizations such as CODATA, the Research Data Alliance, the World Data System, and GO-FAIR and in a number of federal advisory committees and National Academy events.
Starting a year ago, we also initiated work on a research data framework (RDaF), the goals of which are to document the research data landscape and provide organizations with guidance on how to plan, operate, and maintain a research data infrastructure. In 2021 we intend to run two pilot projects to test the RDaF concept: a discipline-oriented study in materials science and a broad stakeholder study with research universities, libraries, and scholarly publishers. The preliminary draft of the NIST work on the RDaF is available online.
Bio: Robert J. Hanisch is the director of the Office of Data and Informatics within the Material Measurement Laboratory at NIST.