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Canada Tri Council Research Data Strategy – comments requested

2012/02/25

The 2011 Canadian Research Data Summit, Mapping the Data Landscape, was held on September 14 and 15, 2011. Over 150 leading players and decision-makers from government, private sector, academia and NGOs worked on formulating a shared strategy for addressing the challenges and opportunities for maximizing the benefits of our collective investment in research data in Canada.

Call to Action

As a follow up to the Summit, the RDS Working Group has released Mapping the Data Landscape: Report of the 2011 Canadian Research Data Summit. We strongly encourage your comments on this report, as well as your expression of interest in becoming personally involved in the work of Research Data Canada. In addition, we encourage you to share your thoughts on how your organization might support the work that we all judge to be so imperative. Please contact us at: RDS-SDR.CISTI@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

The Research Data Strategy Working Group is a collaborative effort to address the challenges and issues surrounding the access and preservation of data arising from Canadian research. This multi-disciplinary group of universities, institutes, libraries, granting agencies, and individual researchers are bonded by a shared recognition of the pressing need to deal with Canadian data management issues. Together, they will focus on the necessary actions, next steps and leadership roles that researchers and institutions can take to ensure Canada’s research data is accessible and usable for current and future generations of researchers.

Ottawa, ON (January 30, 2012) – The Research Data Strategy Working Group (RDSWG) is pleased to release for comment and feedback Mapping the Data Landscape: Report of the 2011 Canadian Research Data Summit. This final report has been through several iterations and has been reviewed by the Summit planning committee in an attempt to succinctly capture the tone and outcome of Summit discussions and chart a path for the future of data management in Canada.

Perhaps the most important ‘quality’ to emerge from our discussions is the sense of urgency that all participants felt that we must, as a country, get moving on preserving and making our research data available. While there were certainly differing opinions on how to preserve and what should be preserved, this national summit revealed a unanimous agreement that an implemented strategy is essential.

From words to action – next steps

Over the next few months, the Research Data Strategy Working Group intends to undertake the following activities:

  • Broaden the membership of the RDSWG to more fully reflect the diversity of stakeholders with an interest in research data.
  • Establish a national advisory council of senior representatives from industry, the academy, government research labs, funding agencies, and policy makers to provide counsel to the RDSWG as it goes about its work.
  • Initiate a national on-line consultation process to take the results of the 2011 Canadian Research Data Summit to a broader set of stakeholders across the country.
  • Actively pursue resource development from key stakeholder groups to fund the immediate work of the RDSWG and to lay the foundation for on-going support for Research Data Canada – the organization that will include the working group, the advisory council, and a set of yet-to-be determined subcommittees.
  • Launch Research Data Canada as the multi-stakeholder/volunteer-driven organization that will drive efforts forward to ensure that the full value of the wealth of Canada’s research data is realized.

Call to action

We strongly encourage your comments on this report, as well as your expression of interest in becoming personally involved in the work of Research Data Canada. In addition, we encourage you to share your thoughts on how your organization might support the work that we all judge to be so imperative. Please contact us at: RDS-SDR.CISTI@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

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