I pulled together an NSF Biosketch for the first time last week. In so doing I got the opportunity to read the NSF Biosketch instructions up close and personal.
Have you noticed?
Patents, copyrights and software systems developed may be substituted for publications. But it says nothing about datasets.
Synergistic Activities can include development of databases to support research and education. That almost sounds like you can list datasets, but it could be a lot clearer.
NSF and people who can influence NSF (all of us), let’s update this! How about Patents, copyrights, datasets, and software systems developed may be substituted for publications and development of datasets or databases to support research and education.
Or other suggestions? What is the mechanism for proposing and working toward an update?
I’m not sure how often anyone actually reads the NSF Biosketch instructions. But when someone does, it should be clear that Datasets may have Value as first-class research output.
In the mean time, I’m choosing the forgiveness-rather-than-permission model. My Biosketch now includes the Data from our Nature letter to the editor as one of my “Relevant Publications” through its Dryad citation. If you have a dataset that you think deserves a seat at the table, I encourage you to do the same. Let’s recognize the culture change from the top down and the bottom up.