To support research data stewardship in Canada, RDC will bring together a broad stakeholder community to discuss the opportunities and challenges of building a National Data Services Framework (NDSF). The NDSF Summit is a forum where the Canadian research data management community can learn, collaborate, exchange ideas, and discuss common issues, with a goal of developing a shared understanding of the current Canadian landscape and recommendations for future initiatives.


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This 1.5-day event builds on the 1st NDSF Summit (2017) to develop a description of the current Canadian NDSF landscape and recommendations for moving forward. Additional program details will be made available on this page in the coming weeks, including a discussion document that will provide background material for the event.  For more information, please contact RDC Executive Director, Mark Leggott.

Please note: The program will be conducted in English.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

7:00 – 8:00 Registration and breakfast
8:00 – 8:20 Welcome & Goals David Castle, University of Victoria; RDC Steering Committee

Mark Leggott, RDC

8:20 – 9:00 Beyond Open Data: How Open Science Aims to Transform Science Partnerships Richard Gold, McGill University
9:00 – 10:30 National Platforms and the FAIR Principles – Part 1
Platform Presentation 1.1: Findability

Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR)

Jeff Moon, Portage Network
Platform Presentation 1.2: Findability

Epigenomic data discovery with the IHEC Data Portal

David Bujold, McGill University
Questions and Discussion
Platform Presentation 1.3: Accessibility

Secondary Analysis to Generate Evidence (SAGE)

Jason Lau, PolicyWise
Platform Presentation 1.4: Accessibility

Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN)

Martin Taylor, CRDCN
Questions and Discussion
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 National Platforms and the FAIR Principles – Part 2
Platform Presentation 2.1: Interoperability

Canadian Integrated Ocean Observation System (CIOOS)

Keith Lennon, DFO
Platform Presentation 2.2: Interoperability

Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CANFAR CADC)

David Schade, NRC
Questions and Discussion
Platform Presentation 2.3: Reusability

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) National Data Platform

Alison Bourgon, CIHR
Platform Presentation 2.4: Reusability


Carolyn DuBois, Gordon Foundation
Questions and Discussion
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Breakout & Reporting

Building on Existing National Data Services: Gaps and Opportunities

Group Discussion
14:30 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 CANARIE Research Data Management (RDM) Program/Other RDM-Focused Projects

International Science Council (ICSU) World Data System – International Technology Office; and CANARIE HubZero Project; Canada’s Open Government Portal

Group Presentation
16:30 – 17:00 Day 1 Wrap-Up Mark Leggott, RDC
17:00 – 18:30 Platform Demonstrations

18:30 Dinner out

(Self-organized. See Accommodations for dining recommendations.)


Friday, January 25, 2019

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 Vision for a National Data Services Framework Sinead Tuite, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada

David Castle, University of Victoria; RDC Steering Committee

Mark Leggott, RDC

9:30 – 10:30 Breakout & Reporting

Next Steps for a NDSF in Canada

Group Discussion
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 –12:00 Wrap-up and Next Steps Mark Leggott, RDC


All fees are in CAD and are subject to HST.  Registration fees include all on-site meals throughout the NDSF Summit as outlined in the Program.

Early Bird Registration
(Before December 22, 2018)
$195 + HST
Regular Registration
(December 22, 2018 – January 21, 2019)
$249 + HST
Late/On Site Registration
(January 22, 2019 and later)
$299 + HST

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Travel & Accommodations

Brookstreet Hotel

525 Legget Drive
Kanata (Ottawa), Ontario


The hotel is located in Kanata, a suburb west of downtown Ottawa.  Given the 24KM distance between the venue and downtown, attendees are encouraged to stay at the Brookstreet.


Please use this link to secure your room at the discounted rate above:

By phone, please contact 1-888-826-2220 and request the CANARIE/RDC room block.

Local Dining

Ottawa is host to a wide range of restaurants to fit every palate. The city’s ethnic diversity will allow you to travel the tastes of the globe as you explore your surroundings. The Brookstreet Hotel is host to Perspectives Restaurant, where Executive Chef Clifford Lyness uses local fare and simple, healthy ingredients from across Ontario to create a unique menu of playful and imaginative dishes.

Restaurants in the Area


Transportation to the Brookstreet is also available directly from the terminal to downtown Ottawa via bus, taxi, Lyft, or Uber.

Ottawa Taxis

Public Transit

OC Transpo provides comprehensive transit services to nearly one million people in Ottawa. The Brookstreet Hotel is accessible by OC Transpo from the Ottawa airport and train station.

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