National Data Summit

In 2011 a group of individuals spanning dozens of organizations convened in Ottawa for the first National Data Summit.

The Report prepared following the Summit recommended:

  • A coordinated and national approach to managing and providing access to research data is required to ensure that Canadians and others derive greater and more long-term benefit, both socially and economically, from the extensive public investments that are made in research. Such an approach would represent a logical extension of the Government of Canada’s Open Government Initiative, which already aims to make government generated data widely available.

Research Data Canada is working to foster the development of such a coordinated national effort to support the preservation and access of research data.

“Data are becoming the new raw material of business: an economic input almost on a par with capital and labour.”
(The Economist.Data, data, everywhere, Feb 25, 2010)