This guide will briefly outline Research Data Management (RDM) and some of the resources available.
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The Tri-Agencies (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR) have developed a draft Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management outlining the Agencies’ overarching expectations with regard to digital research data management, and the responsibilities of researchers, research communities, institutions and funders in meeting these expectations. It complements and builds upon existing Agency policies, and will serve as a guide to assist the research community in preparing for, and contributing to the development of, Tri-Agency data management requirements.
Research Data Management (RDM) refers to all aspects related to the organization, management, dissemination, and preservation of research data. It is an essential part of the responsible conduct of research.
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Effective data management will:
(Source: MIT's Guide to Data Management and Publishing and Curtin Library, Research Data Management.)
The Portage Network
Launched in 2014 by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Portage works within the library community to coordinate expertise, services, and technology in research data management, seeking to collaborate with other research data management stakeholders.
Portage’s DMP Assistant is a tool that is freely available to all researchers and provides specialized guidance to help researchers develop their own data management plan. It takes users step-by-step through a series of questions based on a general template for research data stewardship. It also offers the option of fulfilling DMP requirements of specific funders or using templates from other organizations.
The Ontario Library Research Cloud
The OLRC a high capacity, geographically distributed cloud storage network developed by a number of university libraries in Ontario. As OCUL members we are exploring the feasibility of offering the OLRC as a means of delivering cost effective, sustainable, long-term preservation, archiving and management of large volumes of digital content here at OCAD University.