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Medical Library Project 98: UMB Data Catalog

Data sharing is essential for expedited translation of research results into knowledge, products and procedures to improve human health.1 The Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will implement a data catalog to facilitate the discovery of data sets created by UMB researchers. The project will provide an outreach opportunity to increase awareness on campus of the importance of data management, data sharing, and provide researchers with a venue for showcasing their work. Among the elements included in a catalog record are a detailed description of the data set, keyword and authoritative subject headings, access instructions/restrictions, and a link to a local expert within the University. The data catalog will be accessible to researchers on campus and beyond providing an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration by facilitating the identification of common research interests. The general public will also have access to this information. UMB will implement the New York University (NYU)'s data catalog software. The code is freely available through GitHub. Funding will be used to assist in the initial stage of implementing, populating and promoting the data catalog. This will be a proof of concept project documenting the hours and personnel required to implement the software and populate the catalog with an initial set of records. Policy and procedural documents developed based on experience and lessons learned can serve as a reference for other adopting institutions. This prototype will serve as a model that can be adapted by other institutions within the region creating the possibility for regional collaboration. 1 NIH Data Sharing Policy (

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences & Human Services Library
Organization Type:
Academic Institution
Health Sciences Library
Funded Dates: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 to Monday, April 30, 2018
Funding Amount: 
Students - Health Professionals
Librarians - Health Science
Health Professionals - All Types
Scientists - Biomed/Genetics/Biotech
Not Applicable