RDM Strategy Consultation

Draft Research Data Management Strategy Consultation is now closed

In response to the Tri-Agency Research Data Management (RDM) Policy, the University of Calgary must complete an institutional RDM strategy for the management of digital research data by March 2023. Once in place, the UCalgary RDM Strategy will support every researcher on campus, particularly those applying for CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC grants.

The RDM Strategy Steering and Working Committees have completed a draft of the UCalgary RDM Strategy for consultation. The draft strategy outlines how UCalgary will address the RDM needs of our diverse research community and enable and support RDM best practices. 

  • NOTE: The draft strategy applies primarily to digital data, as these will be subject to the Tri-Agency's forthcoming data deposit requirement. Physical objects such as biospecimens, experimental apparatuses, or hard copy notebooks may need to be discussed in data management plans (DMPs), but they are not the primary focus of the strategy.

Scholars who work with less common forms of data or do not usually consider their research to involve data may still be affected by the UCalgary RDM Strategy and the Tri-Agency RDM Policy. We strongly recommend that all scholars stay informed on the UCalgary RDM Strategy and how it applies to their research.

All members of the UCalgary research community were asked to provide feedback on the draft strategy. The consultation on the draft closed on November 20, 2022. An update will be provided to the research community in early 2023. 

More information

For more info on Research Data Management at UCalgary, please visit the RDM webpage.

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What are research data?

The UCalgary RDM Strategy will apply to any material that falls under the Tri-Agency definition of "research data":

“Research data are data that are used as primary sources to support technical or scientific enquiry, research, scholarship, or creative practice, and that are used as evidence in the research process and/or are commonly accepted in the research community as necessary to validate research findings and results. Research data may be experimental data, observational data, operational data, third party data, public sector data, monitoring data, processed data, or repurposed data. What is considered relevant research data is often highly contextual, and determining what counts as such should be guided by disciplinary norms.”– Frequently Asked Questions Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy

The draft strategy will be updated to address the feedback of the campus community and submitted to UCalgary leadership for approval in early 2023. 

UCalgary’s response to the Tri-Agency Policy is led jointly by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and Libraries and Cultural Resources. The first draft of the strategy has been crafted by the RDM Strategy Steering and Working Committees, in collaboration with key campus community stakeholders. For more information on UCalgary’s response, please visit the RDM webpage

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