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Canadian government departments fall under the Treasury Board Secretariat’s (TBS)
Directive on Recordkeeping, as well as a number of other policies of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). At present, the exact interpretation of some of these policies is in flux with regard to its application to science data generated by Canadian government departments (i.e. Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, Agriculture Canada, etc). In this vacuum – and to assist science data management planning – an exploratory visualization using Venn diagrams was developed in cooperation with a part of one government department (Canadian Forestry Service (CFS), Natural Resources Canada) to help understand the relationship between the DoR and science data management, disposition and archiving. The goals of this exercise are threefold: 1. to understand the relationship between science data and the TBS/LAC’s introduced concept resources of business value 2. to identify resources whose long–term preservation responsibility will remain with the producing department 3. (of slightly less importance) to understand the relationship between a number of major classes of data/records.