Preparing for the New NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

Outreach & Engagement




Data Sharing, outreach, faculty engagement


The Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) at the University of Michigan established the Research Data Core Team (Data Team) to raise awareness and educate people about the new Data Management & Sharing Policy released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This was accomplished with an initial outreach phase, followed by an engagement phase.

Outreach was launched by updating a LibGuide with information about the new policy, creating a slide for digital screens, and producing a short video. For the engagement phase, a presentation was created to review the policy’s main points, emphasizing that a Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan needed to be included in grant applications.

Throughout the Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 semesters, the Data Team facilitated eight presentations, two workshops, and two office hours. Increased LibGuide views peaked at 1,873 in January. The Data Team anticipates continuing outreach and engagement after seeing how the NIH responds to the first DMS Plans.

Author Biography

Sara Samuel, University of Michigan

As an informationist at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library, my goal is to connect students, staff, faculty, researchers, and clinicians with the information they need to be successful. I am a liaison to the Hematology and Oncology Department and the Radiation Oncology Department, as well as the Rogel Cancer Center and Taubman Institute. My work includes helping people navigate data management plan requirements and data sharing, develop an online researcher presence, and understand research impact indicators. Prior to my current position, I was a research analyst for a think tank that researched the future of manufacturing in the U.S., and was also an engineering librarian for 7 years. 


Samuel S. Research Guides: Research Data Management (Health Sciences): NIH Data Management & Sharing Plan [Internet]. [cited 2023 Jun 8]. Available from:

Quick Overview: The New NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy [Internet]. 2022 [cited 2023 Jun 8]. Available from:




How to Cite

Samuel, S. (2023). Preparing for the New NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy: Outreach & Engagement. Hypothesis: Research Journal for Health Information Professionals, 35(2).



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