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For Research Institutions

The Research Data Management Program funds the development of software components and tools to enable Canadian researchers to adopt best practices and comply with policy across the RDM workflow. Broad adoption of these tools supports institutional RDM goals by ensuring researchers align activities with national and international standards to facilitate broad data sharing across institutions.

What is Research Data Management (RDM)?

RDM refers to the creation, storage, access and preservation of data produced from a given investigation.

Data management practices cover the entire lifecycle of the data, from planning the investigation to conducting it, and from backing up data as it is created and used, to long term preservation of data deliverables after the research investigation has concluded.

Specific activities and issues that fall within the category of data management include:

  • file naming conventions;
  • data quality control and quality assurance;
  • data access;
  • data documentation (including levels of uncertainty);
  • metadata creation and controlled vocabularies;
  • data storage;
  • data archiving and preservation;
  • data sharing and reuse;
  • data integrity;
  • data security;
  • data privacy;
  • data rights; and
  • notebook protocols (lab or field)*

How does effective RDM benefit research institutions?

The best approach to providing sustainable RDM services to researchers is a collaborative effort involving a wide range of skills and resources. This collaboration operates at the local level, bringing together the three primary offices (or their equivalents) most closely associated with research services and resources: the research library and librarians; the Office of the CIO and research computing; and the Office of the Vice President, Research, along with associated services and review boards.

This local effort is amplified by collaborative efforts at the provincial and national levels, as well as international initiatives and the broader communities of practice. All institutions, regardless of size, stand to benefit from this integrated effort, which will deliver effective support to researchers and leverage investments from all stakeholders in the ecosystem.

How does CANARIE’s RDM program support research institutions?

In a call for proposals that was launched in May 2018, CANARIE is funding the development of RDM software components and tools to encourage the broad adoption of RDM best practices among researchers. To help shape the priorities for this funding call, a community consultation was announced in January 2018. CANARIE is grateful for the RDM stakeholder community’s broad engagement in this consultation.  Their feedback ensured the funding call’s focus on community-identified priorities.

Learn more about the funding call for proposals here.