NIH Data Sharing Plan – Why ODDT could be the solution*

*(Well maybe for Tuberculosis, Malaria, Huntington’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Chagas Disease, Leishmaniasis, Hunter syndrome, Giant Axonal Neuropathy, H5N1, Fibromusclar Dysplasia, Sanfilippo Syndrome etc)

Helping collaborators with their NIH grants (R01, U19, SBIR, STTR, etc.), one is struck by something that has to be done early in most cases yet is usually left till last. That is of course the DATA SHARING PLAN. To use the words from the NIH website:

“In NIH’s view, all data should be considered for data sharing. Data should be made as widely and freely available as possible while safeguarding the privacy of participants, and protecting confidential and proprietary data. To facilitate data sharing, investigators submitting a research application requesting $500,000 or more of direct costs in any single year to NIH on or after October 1, 2003 are expected to include a plan for sharing final research data for research purposes, or state why data sharing is not possible.”

For many of you with small molecules (chemicals) and associated data (for example structure activity data) why not tweet your data and its related topic hashtag in Open Drug Discovery Teams (ODDT)? Perhaps this  simple template below could be of use. Also feel free to contact us if you want your topics added to the app so you can use ODDT to solve your molecule data sharing needs!


We will share data generated during the course of this program. This will be achieved through tweeting a link to the data and use of the Open Drug Discovery Teams software program (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3503260/pdf/minf0031-0585.pdf). This software is a freely available mobile app for Apple devices and covers many neglected and rare disease topics. Molecules and data are visible to anyone using the app and the data is also downloadable in several formats to enable reuse.

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