Public Access

Article and Data Sharing Requirements

In 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed federal agencies with over $100 million in annual research and development expenditures to create a plan to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication. The requirement is outlined in the OSTP memorandum, Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research. Beyond peer-reviewed publications, the memorandum also encompasses digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research.

The memorandum further recognizes that “increased access expands opportunities for new scientific knowledge to be applied to areas as diverse as health, energy, environmental protection, agriculture, and national security and to catalyze innovative breakthroughs that drive economic growth and prosperity.”

This site provides information on federal agency policies that are relevant to researchers at the Space Science and Engineering Center, the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

What you need to know: Submission policy essentials

Data Management and Other Tools

NASA and NOAA DMP Guidance

Research Data Services

  • A free resource for anyone on the UW-Madison campus that provides consultations, best practice information, and education and training on research data management and sharing.

DMP Tool

  • A free, open-source, online tool that helps researchers structure and draft data management plans as well as share their plans with others

SPARC: Article and Data Sharing Requirements by Federal Agency

  • SPARC explains the requirements of each federal funding agency for both research articles and data and allows you to compare requirements between different federal agencies.


  • ORCID provides you with a unique, permanent digital identifier that distinguishes you as a researcher from other researchers, especially those with a similar name. This ID links you to your professional work and allows for quick and easy identification for manuscript submission.

Preprint servers

  • If you would like your manuscript accessible to other researchers and the public prior to publication and its availability on federal agencies’ repositories, consider submitting it to a preprint server. Two of the most notable preprint servers in the Earth and planetary sciences are EarthArXiv, run by the nonprofit Center for Open Science, and Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr), hosted by the American Geophysical Union and for-profit publisher Wiley.


  • This website offers guidance on publisher policies related to copyright and self-archiving.

Data Storage Options

On Campus


  • The official repository for intellectual products of UW research will now accept datasets up to 1 TB in size and there is no cost to the researcher for this service
  • Assigns DOIs
  • No cost to Madison researchers
  • Meets funder requirements for publishing data

Data Storage Finder Tool

  • Use the tool to learn about storage options on campus beyond MINDS@UW and beyond what departments may be able to offer

Outside of UW

Dryad Digital Repository

  • Curated resource that makes research data discoverable, freely reusable, citable and accepts a wide range of data types
  • Datasets must be under 300GB
  • No cost to UW-Madison researchers
  • Assigns DOIs
  • Integrated with ORCID and scholarly publishers
  • Provides metrics on data use
  • Meets funder requirements for publishing data
  • FAIR compliant


  • Multi-disciplinary open repository maintained by CERN
  • Provides long-term preservation
  • Assigns DOIs
  • Meets funder requirements for publishing data
  • No cost to submit data
  • FAIR compliant