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Canada allocates a substantial amount of public funding to research, which is a critical factor in ensuring we remain innovative and competitive. Increasingly this funding is geared to the support and development of digital research infrastructure (DRI), including the underlying networks and the associated data acquisition, storage, analysis and visualization. In order to maximize the benefits of increasingly complex DRI and the research it facilitates, it is important to make sure data is properly stewarded, accessible and reusable. By adopting appropriate approaches to research data management we are better positioned to respond to challenges, such as effectively measuring research impacts, and ensuring the reproducibility, privacy, and security of research outputs.
Research Data Canada (RDC) is a member-driven organization committed to developing a sustainable approach to research data management, one based on interoperability and best practices. This session will provide an update on the efforts of RDC and partner organizations, including: CANARIE, Compute Canada, CARL Portage Network, CASRAI, the TriAgencies, and the Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure. Intersections with international activities and projects will also be highlighted. These efforts are ultimately designed to faciliate a cohesive national approach to research data management, and one based on a clearly articulated vision for supporting innovation and discovery in Canada.
Mark Leggott is the Executive Director of Research Data Canada.