The three federal research funding agencies—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) (the agencies)— have put forward a draft Research Data Management Plan and are currently soliciting feedback from researchers and institutions. According to information on the CIHR website, the proposed policy “aims to support Canadian research excellence by fostering sound digital data management and data stewardship practices.

The draft policy includes suggested requirements related to three primary areas:

1. Institutional data management strategies
2. Researcher data management plans
3. Data deposit”

UBC Library is already very active in providing research data management services and you can learn more about what is already available at: https://researchdata.library.ubc.ca/, or by contacting Eugene Barsky, Research Data Services Librarian.

Individuals interested in providing feedback on the Policy can either respond directly to the Tri-Agencies’ call, or they can submit their feedback to the Office of the Vice President, Research & Innovation via their online form and responses will be consolidated and sent in on behalf of UBC.

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