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Digital Data Management: Call for Feedback

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) are in the process of reviewing and enhancing their data management requirements for supported researchers. As a step in this process, the Agencies have developed a draft Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management and they are now inviting feedback from institutions, associations, organizations, and individuals. Comment on the draft Statement, on its comprehensiveness and balance, as well as on its usefulness in advancing data stewardship in general and data management practices in particular are welcome until September 4, 2015. Feedback can be sent electronically to one of the Agencies.

The draft Statement of Principles builds on the 2013 consultation document, Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada, information provided by a Comprehensive Brief on Research Data Management Policies, and advice received through stakeholder engagement. It outlines 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. All details are available here.