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Research Data Management in Canada: Can We Get There From Here? IASSIST 2010 June 2 Ithaca, NY Ernie BoykoWendy WatkinsCarleton University.

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1 Research Data Management in Canada: Can We Get There From Here? IASSIST 2010 June 2 Ithaca, NY Ernie BoykoWendy WatkinsCarleton University

2 Why this topic? Research Data Management is a growing focus of attention in the data community – Jake and Michael’s abstract begins with “With few precedents to follow” – Suzanne and Nathan state “IR plus is a new, open- source platform” – Stuart’s presentation will give us an insight into how RDM is working in the life sciences – at least 9 sessions deal with aspects of RDM – RDM is featured at roundtable lunches Clearly RDM is on the IASSIST agenda

3 Why Canada? Time for Canada to stick its big toe in the RDM water Have tried before but faltered – water too deep? – water too cold? – no lifeguard on duty!

4 RDM starting to get more official notice 2 initiatives – Research Data Canada’s Research Data Strategy Working Group – Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Data Strategy Working Group This presentation is a progress report on how Canada got to where we are now, what’s happening currently and where we’d like to be

5 Where we’ve been/the past Leader in the 1980’s with the Machine Readable Archives Division of the Public Archives of Canada – Harold Naugler (IASSIST Achievement Award recipient) – Sue Gavrel (past IASSIST president) – disbanded by National Archivist who did not understand data as a format and mainstreamed it into subject divisions – dormant issue for a decade

6 National National Data Archive Consultation ( ) Established in 2000 – Led by SSHRC and the National Archives – Made the case for the establishment of a National Data Archive – Involved a number of Canadian IASSISTers – Produced two reports and no action – Report no longer available on the web

7 National Consultation on Access to Scientific Research Data ( ) Sponsors: – National Research Council – Canadian Institute for Health Research – National Science and Engineering Research Council – Canadian Foundation for Innovation Many of the same players as before Similar results Report still available

8 Canadian Digital Information Strategy ( ) Library and Archives Canada (LAC) led broad- based consultation Led by the previous National Librarian/Archivist – Once again, several Canadian IASSISTers participated New national non-librarian and non-archivist appointed by government to head LAC No action Report still available

9 Why Did These Fail? The previous consultations were led from the top – Laudable recommendations – Great visions – No champion/no funding No one on duty

10 Where we are now/the present Recent efforts are more grass-roots – Working groups, not consultations – Taking concrete, sequential steps – Have real deliverables Involve many of the same IASSISTers as before More optimistic this time

11 Research Data Canada’s Research Data Strategy Working Group 4 task groups: – Policies, Funding and Research – Infrastructure and Services – Capacity (Skills, Training, Rewards System) – Engagement Aim: Leveraging research data for the greatest possible benefit Collaboration between granting agencies, universities, libraries and researchers

12 CARL Data Strategy Working Group Survey of data initiatives across Canada Data Management Awareness Toolkit – Designed to help CARL directors explain the importance of Research Data Management to other senior managers A sponsor of the Research Data Management (RDM) seminar for librarians Produced the “Gap Analysis” for RDM

13 Gap analysis results 13 Source: The Stewardship of Research Data in Canada: a gap analysis, Table 2, page 17.

14 CNC/CODATA Produce “Data Activities in Canada” – A list of scientific and social-science data projects Sangster Award – Enables graduate student to attend the biennial CODATA conference – Objective: to help foster and advance science and technology through developing and sharing knowledge about data and data-related activities Developing a research data management seminar Developing a pre and post-seminar questionnaire for researchers on data management activities and attitudes 14

15 – A gentle introduction to research data management concepts, issues and importance – the WHAT and the WHY – Given by several IASSISTers (Chuck, Jane, yours’ truly) and other notables – Aimed at a basic level Audience was mostly librarians with little/no research data experience – Sold out within about 48 hours – Excellent reviews Want the next instalment – the HOW

16 A global partnership of data centers, archives, and networks Works to ensure proper stewardship of IPY and related data Coordination offices: – National Snow and Ice Centre broad, interdisciplinary, and non-expert access – Norwegian Meteorological Institute near-real time and operational data streams – Project coordinators provide the offices with a data management contact for each project

17 islandora A robust digital asset management system Combines Drupal and Fedora software applications Can be used for any requirement where collaboration and digital data stewardship are critical Meets short-term or long-term needs Initiatives – VRE – virtual research environment – IslandArchives.ca – Repository in a box

18 Where we’d like to be/the future Satisfy the thirst – Create a series of RDM seminars and workshops – Develop a data course for information/library schools – Establish a data stream in information/library schools

19 What do we need to get there? Infrastructure Senior administrative support Need a researcher focus – Engage university research officers – Educate the research community Build on momentum – Open data movement Right now it’s an apps-driven movement Add an RDM component

20 Issues to Address New IP/copyright legislation Red flag Restrictive licences Need conversations about what is really open Untrained data producers and information specialists Need to include researchers in the training program Some progress being made at the graduate student level

21 Government May Be Waking Up “Governments can help by making publicly-funded research data more readily available to Canadian researchers and businesses. Open access is consistent with many national strategies and holds great economic potential for Canadians to add value to machine-readable data, while ensuring that privacy rights are protected. In many cases, data are already available but are difficult to locate. Consistent methods of access will be reinforced.” Improving Canada.s Digital Advantage: Strategies for Sustainable Prosperity" (Consultation Paper on a Digital Economy Strategy for Canada) May, 2010

22 Hopeful signs – Quote above is from the Digital Economy Consultation – 3 ministers Industry Human Resources and Skills Development Heritage and Official Languages – Grounds for optimism (again)

23 Meeting May 28, 2010 – Funding agencies have picked up on the quote – Realize Canada does NOT have a data policy There is no infrastructure Too large a problem for individual projects – Talking about providing the infrustructure – Data professionals to provide the content Reason for optimism once more

24 Conclusion Canada is kind of like Charlie Brown

25 Conclusion Canada is kind of like Charlie Brown We keep depending on Lucy

26 Conclusion Canada is kind of like Charlie Brown We keep depending on Lucy

27 Conclusion Canada is kind of like Charlie Brown We keep depending on Lucy Maybe this time, she’ll let us kick the football

28 Conclusion Canada is kind of like Charlie Brown We keep depending on Lucy Maybe this time, she’ll let us kick the football

29 Thank you! Questions?


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