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Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) and Open Data a PUSH Universities

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Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) and Open Data a PUSH Universities

  1. 1. Anne Mims Adrian, PhD Open Data Project Manager, PUSH Kara Newby Operations Manager, Hunger Solutions Institute October 29, 2018 Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) and Open Data a PUSH Universities
  2. 2. Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH)
  3. 3. Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) An international consortium of universities have the collective mission to end hunger and poverty, both locally and globally. Over 100 university presidents from 5 continents have agreed to make food and nutrition security a priority on their campus—through research, instruction, student engagement, and outreach. www.pushtosign.org
  4. 4. PUSH Study and Report – in partnership with GODAN Assessed 99 PUSH universities’ online open access and open data policies. Identified university representatives with advanced knowledge of institutional open access and open data policies. Conducted interviews to understand policies, infrastructure, and practices of open access and open data in universities. Compared findings with the GODAN report on Donor Open Data Policy and Practice. Concluded with recommendations for universities to develop or improve open access and open data policies.
  5. 5. PUSH Open Data Study (2017-2018) Of 99 PUSH schools, 15 have open access policies. Most of open access policies provide licensing requirements for sharing scholarly works and allow for faculty to waive the requirement unless the funder requires open access. No school has an open data policy. Open data and data management planning are driven by funders’ requirements for researchers to receive funding.
  6. 6. Interviews
  7. 7. Interviewees’ Recognize Open Data Benefits Enhance and hasten research and innovation Provide more transparency to research Increase citations and recognition for the faculty and their universities Increase potential of finding research collaborators Connect researchers from various locations and disciplines Help provide solutions to wicked problems
  8. 8. Interviewees’ Discussed Concerns Privacy Protection of university and faculty intellectual property Ownership of research-published and not published Funders’ contract requirements Resources needed to provide functional and secure data management Faculty not understanding licensing options
  9. 9. Comparing GODAN and PUSH Reports GODAN conducted a study in 2017 with the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). GODAN reviewed and compared open data policies of these organizations with ODI’s checklist of policy elements. They interviewed and surveyed stakeholders and program researchers and assessed the data quality of funded agriculture programs.
  10. 10. GODAN Recommendations Provide resources for researchers and program managers, including opportunities for peer-learning among donor organizations and research partners. Incentivize researchers to publish data by rewarding quality data production and including data management support in long term budgets. Foster a culture of change through openness, collaboration, and messaging at the highest level of authority. Monitor policy implementation and data quality while improving process by designating these responsibilities. Provide access to shared tools for data publication and consider platform selections.
  11. 11. Both GODAN and PUSH Found Grantees struggle to ensure data quality through effective data management and the provision of pathways for responsible data reuse. Lack of proper budgeting and institutional open data policies hinder the process of opening and publishing data correctly. Lack of clear directives on where to publish and low awareness of how researchers can access published data create barriers to compliance. This is especially true for researchers without a mature disciplinary repository.
  12. 12. PUSH Recommendations I. Communicate the benefits of open data II. Create alignment between funders’ expectations and universities’ capabilities III. Improve faculty’s ability to comply with open access and open data requirements IV. Refine and/or develop open access and open data policies V. Create infrastructure
  13. 13. Questions? PUSH and how can your university become a PUSH university Kara Newby, Operations Manager, Hunger Solutions Institute, kara.newby@auburn.edu Advancing open data at universities Anne Mims Adrian, PhD, PUSH Open Data Project Manager, aadrian@auburn.edu