As science advances and research evolves to address environmental health challenges, there is a growing demand to share scientific data openly. In response to this need, the National Institutes of Health released a new Policy for Data Management and Sharing, which outlines how sharing data is a fundamental component of scientific discovery. The policy encourages researchers to follow the FAIR principles – making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable – to guide data management and sharing. Data sharing is also a principal component of the 2018-2023 NIEHS strategic plan, which encourages researchers to translate scientific data into knowledge that will inform actions to improve public health.
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Below you'll find a compilation of SRP research, which provides practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities. For more information about the program, visit the SRP website.
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The FAIR data principles dictate that data be:
Findable data can be discovered and identified.
Accessible data are both available and obtainable.
Interoperable data use similar formats, language, and vocabularies.
Reusable data are described sufficiently with robust metadata and are shared with the least restrictive license possible.
In 2019, the Superfund Research Program (SRP) funded data supplements to foster data sharing and enhance data integration within the program. SRP data supplements encourage the FAIR data principles which also align with NIH and NIEHS goals. Most prominently, the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing, which promotes the management and sharing of scientific data generated from NIH-funded or conducted research.
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Combined Approach Sheds Light on Factors Controlling Stream Recovery: Improved water quality and stream ecosystem recovery following treatment of mine waste depends on a mix of physical, chemical, and biological factors, according to a new study funded by the SRP at the Colorado School of Mines. William Clements, Ph.D., professor at Colorado State University, and two doctoral students, led the study.
The team looked at the metabolome of microbial cultures and captured their activity as they degraded the contaminant 1,2-Dichloroethene over time.(Photo courtesy of Microbial Insights, Inc.)
Researchers at SRP-funded small business Microbial Insights use highly sensitive instruments to analyze metabolites, small molecules that result from different chemical and biological processes. Their goal is to provide key insights on site-specific conditions that affect the ability of bacteria to break down harmful contaminants in the environment.