Research Data Management (RDM)
Research Data Management Strategy Plan
The following is a truncated version of the accompanying attachment:Dawson_Data Management InstitutionalPlan_v1
In 2021, Canada’s three federal agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), colloquially called the Tri-Agency, launched the Tri-Agency’s Research Management Policy.
The policy is a response to the growing recognition of the importance to manage, preserve, and share research data, and therefore ensures best data management practices within Canada. Implemented incrementally, the Research Data Management (RDM) Policy emphasises FAIR Guiding Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable), highlights cybersecurity, and implements strategies to strengthen and reflect Indigenous People’s self-determination in the ownership, control, access, and stewardship of Indigenous data.
There are three key components in the policy:
- Data Management Plans: By Spring 2022, Data Management Plans (DMP) will be required for grant applications to a set of Tri-Agency programs.
- Institutional RDM Strategy: By March 1, 2023, all institutions eligible to administer Tri-Agency funds are required to have in place an institutional Research Data Management (RDM) strategy that supports sound practices and creates an environment to support researchers, as outlined in the RDM Policy.
- Data Deposit: Grant recipients, in addition to any existing funding requirements, will be required to archive all digital research data, metadata, and codes that is directly related to research conclusions found in publications and pre-publications. The data will be archived in a digital repository.
As a result, the policy requires every post-secondary institution and research hospital eligible to administer Tri-Agency funds to create an institutional RDM strategy and notify the agencies when it has been posted.
To support the Tri-Agency Policy, Dawson College has drafted an Institutional RDM Strategy that realises the importance for rigorous research data management, and lays out the steps taken to encourage and support the Dawson Research community in their engagement with Research Data Management.
Dawson College will ensure that resources and tools are available to the Dawson Research Community and stakeholders. Feedback will be solicited on the strategy, tools, and resources. This will ensure that our RDM tools and resources conforms to the current best practices and serves the needs of the researchers.