Canadian universities, institutes, libraries, granting agencies and individual researchers have formed a multi-disciplinary group called the Research Data Strategy (RDS) Working Group to examine the nation's data management issues. This follows observations that Canada does not have nationally adopted standards or policies governing how data is collected, catalogued or preserved. The new collaborative effort seeks to address the challenges surrounding the access and preservation of the huge amounts of data generated by research.
The data is seen as an important part of Canada's scholarly record, holding potential as an additional discovery and problem-solving tool for researchers. RDS is focusing on the necessary actions, next steps and leadership roles that researchers and institutions can take to ensure that the nation's research data is accessible and usable for current and future generations of researchers.
To support this effort, the Working Group has launched the Research Data Canada website. The portal will act as a tool to communicate with the broader community and to facilitate communication within and between three task groups, which have been formed to explore issues related to policies, funding and research; infrastructure and services; and capacity (skills, training, and reward systems).
The RDS Working Group will be convening a consultation around these issues at a future date to gather input and develop an action plan.