The Trump administration has changed how academics are conducting and publishing research, with new policies restricting the number of researchers allowed to work with government agencies.
The new policy also restricts the use of data from the National Science Foundation’s National Science Data Network.
The move has led to increased scrutiny and calls for more transparency.
Academics have warned that the new restrictions will only exacerbate problems in data sharing and transparency.
“The Trump administration’s approach is the opposite of what I expected when I became an academic, and it has made it difficult to do research on the ground,” said Jonathan Weisbrot, a doctoral candidate at Harvard who has spent years working with the NSF and the National Academies on a project to improve transparency in federal data.
Weisbrotter and other scholars have called for the NSFs data to be publicly available and for scientists to be allowed to submit research grants.
“In fact, in our experience, the more data we have on the state of research and the more we can understand the state-of-the-art, the better our chances are of being able to do a good job of understanding the data,” Weisbrowt said.
The National Science Board and the Department of Energy have been working to revise the guidelines for how government agencies can use data from NSF’s data network, according to an email sent by the NSBs Director of Data Policy, Scott Aaronson.
In a statement sent to National Geographic, Aaracon said the new guidelines would “increase transparency and transparency in the use and disclosure of data.”
But, Aarsons spokesperson said, “the NSF will continue to support data sharing by universities and researchers through the NSFF National Data Sharing Initiative.”
Weisbrets research is supported by NSF grants and grants from the NSf, and his dissertation was funded by NSFs National Science and Engineering Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
He said his dissertation research was published in the journal Science Advances.
“I think there are real questions to be asked about how the administration’s data policy is affecting our research, and I think that it has the potential to further impede the ability of our institutions to do science and to do good science,” Weissbrot said, adding that he and others are also concerned that other researchers may not be able to publish results because of the new policy.
“If you are a university that is not allowed to publish, you have very few options,” Weisfs research was cited in a report from the Department’s Office of Data Privacy and Information Security (ODIPIS), which was issued in April.
ODPIS, a government agency that oversees privacy and data security, says that the government has the power to require universities to provide data that they have collected, but says the data should be disclosed to researchers.
Aarons email, which was obtained by National Geographic News under the Freedom of Information Act, said that “the Office of Science and Technology Policy [of the Office of Management and Budget] has determined that universities and other data repositories should disclose data to researchers and others in a way that is consistent with ODPI guidelines and that will help protect the privacy and security of the data.”
In its letter, ODPISA said it had determined that it “regrets the fact that the guidance does not require disclosure of university data, which is why we will be continuing to work collaboratively with universities and data repositories to develop a better solution.”
The letter also said that universities would be able “to request the full and complete set of data collected from a university,” but said universities would have to give it to researchers in the form of an academic paper.
Weissbrotting told National Geographic that he was concerned that his work could be “lost in the shuffle” when data is shared with researchers.
“It makes it very difficult to get a grasp on how the data is being used,” he said.
“We are very worried about the impact that this could have on other people, especially our fellow scientists who are trying to do the same thing.”
Weisf is also concerned about how his research could be used in government.
“This is something that we are very concerned about,” he told National Magazine.
“People have to know where they are getting their data, and if they don’t, then they don.
I don’t think it’s a good idea to give the public any kind of information on the way government data is used.”
Weissbrets dissertation research has focused on how climate change impacts agriculture.
He says he is “very concerned” about how government data will be used and shared.
“There are some very good scientists working on agriculture who I think would be very upset by this,” he added.
Weisf told National Geography that he is concerned that the data shared by government agencies may not always be “open” and may be limited in scope. “They