Center for Open Science to Partner with NIH on the Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative

Jan. 26, 2022

Charlottesville, VA – The Center for Open Science (COS) has been awarded to partner with NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) on their newly launched Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative (GREI) to enable better access to and discovery of NIH-funded data among generalist repositories. 

COS’s Open Science Framework (OSF) serves researchers as a repository to deposit and share data and supplemental outputs, especially where domain-specific data repositories are not appropriate. Both repository types are critical components of the biomedical data ecosystem and support researchers’ ability for data sharing, discovery, and reuse.

“COS is looking forward to this opportunity to collaborate with the consortium of generalist repositories to advance the capabilities across repositories,” said Nici Pfeiffer, COS’s Chief Product Officer. “Together, we will collect use cases to understand data sharing needs across research communities, develop standards for FAIR data metadata, and determine how to best measure the adoption and impact of shared data. This provides a unique opportunity to align tool developers with the research community and the program funders to enhance the workflows and interoperability of scholarly infrastructure to advance transparency and openness of research.”

The GREI program will improve the discoverability of data within and across participating generalist repositories and lead to greater reproducibility and reuse of data with the goal of further enhancing the biomedical data ecosystem and helping researchers find and share data from NIH-funded studies in generalist repositories.

In addition to COS’s OSF, five other established generalist repositories are participating:

OSF along with the additional repositories will work together to address and implement a common set of capabilities that comply with desirable repository characteristics (NOT-OD-21-016), establish metrics to better measure usage and impact, develop use cases for data sharing, and train and educate researchers on FAIR data and the importance of data sharing. 


About the Center for Open Science Founded in 2013, COS is a nonprofit technology and culture change organization with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools, including the Open Science Framework (OSF). Learn more at

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