To support sustainable and effective research data stewardship in Canada, RDC is pleased to continue the discussion to build a National Data Services Framework (NDSF). The NDSF Summit is a forum where the Canadian research community can learn, collaborate, exchange ideas, and discuss common issues, with a goal of developing a shared understanding of the current data management landscape and recommendations for future initiatives.

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The 2020 Summit will update the output of the 2019 Summit, the Kanata Declaration, working with the stakeholder community to provide additional details on the data management resources available to researchers throughout the research life cycle. The Summit will also deliver a set of desired outcomes:

  1. Consensus on what minimal requirements define a national data service (NDS);
  2. Consensus on what works best at the institutional, provincial, regional, national, and international levels;
  3. Consensus on existing Canadian national data services (NDSs), both machine and human services, that provide either models for, or operational examples of NDSs;
  4. Consensus on key gaps not articulated in either the Research Data Management Roadmap or Kanata Declaration;
  5. Consensus on priorities going forward.

The 2020 NDSF Summit outcomes will be distributed widely in the Canadian DRI ecosystem, and directly to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the emerging national digital research infrastructure organization.

For more information, please contact RDC Executive Director, Mark Leggott.

Please note: The program will be conducted in English.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

7:30 – 8:30 AM Registration and breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcome and Goals David Castle | University of Victoria
Mark Leggott | RDC
8:45 – 9:30 AM Keynote/Armchair Discussion: Update and discussion on the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) Lori MacMullen | NDRIO/CUCCIO
Sinead Tuite | ISED
9:30 – 10:00 AM The Kanata Declaration: Creation and Evolution Mark Leggott | RDC
10:00 – 10:30 AM Break
Architecture, Access and Interface
Federated analytic, data and DM platforms; tools and resources for interoperability; human and machine interfaces for data deposit, access and processing; privacy and security issues.
10:30 – 10:45 AM The Changing World of Human Genomic Data Sharing Peter Goodhand | Global Alliance for Genomics and Health
10:45 – 11:00 AM The Adaptive Immune Receptor Repertoire (AIRR) Data Commons: iReceptor and the AIRR Community Brian Corrie | iReceptor
11:00 – 11:45 AM Breakout #1: Questions and Discussion re: Summit Deliverables
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 PM Breakout #1: Group Exercise/Reporting
Data and Services
Potential topics: common standards and tools to support FAIR Principles across disciplines; rich, domain-specific metadata; TRUST principles; generic and domain specific services supporting researchers, institutions, funders, and publishers.
1:30 – 1:45 PM Scholars Portal activities within the Canadian RDM landscape Meghan Goodchild | Queen’s University, Scholar’s Portal
Steve Marks | University of Toronto
1:45 – 2:15 PM Portage Network – Update on Progress and Transition Jeff Moon | Portage
2:15 – 2:45 PM Breakout #2: Questions and Discussion re: Summit Deliverables
2:45 – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 – 4:00 PM Breakout #2: Group Exercise/Reporting
4:00 – 5:00 PM Day 1 Wrap-Up

> Minimal requirements to define a national data service (NDS).

> Existing Canadian NDSs (both machine and human services) that provide either models for, or operational examples of, NDSs.

Mark Leggott | RDC
5:00 – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception

Thursday, February 6, 2020

7:30 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 – 9:15 AM Opening Keynote: It Takes More Than a Village: Lessons on Building Global Research Commons Sarah Jones | EU Open Science Cloud/Digital Curation Centre
Rules and Governance
Potential topics: Policy and processes that facilitate participation in the research ecosystem; jurisdictional considerations; engendering trust; frameworks to ensure representation by all stakeholders; sustainability of Canada’s DRI ecosystem; engagement with international collaborators and coordinating the global open science cloud.
9:15 – 9:30 AM BOLD & mBRAVE: Purpose-Built Research Data Platforms in the Biodiversity Domain Sujeevan Ratnasingham | University of Guelph
9:30 – 9:45 AM Building Robust Governance for Digital Research Platforms Martin Taylor | CRDCN
9:45 – 10:15 AM Breakout #3: Questions and Discussion re: Summit Deliverables
10:15 – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 – 11:15 AM Breakout #3: Group Exercise/Reporting
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Wrap-Up

> Best practices at the institutional, provincial, regional, national and international levels

> Key gaps not articulated in either the DM Roadmap, Background Discussion Document or Kanata Declaration

Discussion Materials

The NDSF 2019 Kanata Declaration was the primary outcome from the 2019 NDSF Summit.  It is deliberately high-level and reflects a very broad stakeholder consensus on what is needed to support researchers in the coming years. As the primary conversational context for the 2020 NDSF Summit, attendees are encouraged to read this document and provide feedback on its elements prior to the Summit.

Kanata Declaration – Feedback Version

Two other recent documents are key to discussions at the NDSF Summit and represent a view on the priorities for the research data management ecosystem in the coming years. Attendees are also encouraged to become familiar with them prior to the Summit.

  1. Data Management Roadmap – 2019-2024 (only available in English)
  • Authored by a broad stakeholder group, relying on the recommendations from the document submitted by the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure (LCDRI) to ISED in 2017.
  • Recommendations are focused on the 1-2-year transition period to the full launch of the new national digital research infrastructure (DRI) organization.
  • Intended to reflect areas of activity for several organizations, this can be considered a consensus of a small group of data management stakeholders that does not necessarily reflect the input of the broader community.
  1. Data Management in Canada: A Backgrounder
  • Derived from the document submitted by LCDRI to ISED in 2017.
  • Reflects an updated summary of the RDM ecosystem in Canada.
  • Intended to be updated every 1-2 years.
  • Provides detail on the nature of the RDM landscape, including the elements of the research lifecycle, and a description of some of the key actors in this space. The 2020 Summit will provide an update on the actors and services in this domain-specific context of data management, which is missing from this document.

For additional context, attendees are also invited to review the Discussion Document prepared for the 2020 Summit.


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
(Until January 17, 2020)
$245 + HST
Regular Registration
(January 18 – 31, 2020)
$295 + HST
Late/On Site Registration
(February 1 – February 5)
$345 + 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.


The room block at the Brookstreet Hotel has expired. The discounted rate is available based on hotel occupancy.

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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