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The 4th National Data Services Framework (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.

The Summit theme, Crafting the Canadian Open Research Commons, indicates a digital research infrastructure ecosystem that available to all Canadian researchers, and one that is interoperable at a global level.

The 2021 NDSF Summit outcomes will be distributed widely in the Canadian DRI ecosystem, and directly to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), the National Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO), and other key stakeholders.

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

Please note: Simultaneous translation will be available for all plenary sessions.

Who should attend?

The NDSF Summit is targeted at all levels of participants in the research ecosystem, including:

  • researchers
  • infrastructure providers
  • funders
  • publishers
  • librarians
  • research service providers
  • senior administrators

Topics:

Building on the previous three NDSF Summits, this year’s event will use small group discussions as the foundation, with a focus on four outcomes:

  1. The needs of researchers and intersections with existing/emerging research data management services and resources;
  2. Synergies with the three primary digital research infrastructure (DRI) pillars (data management, research software, and advanced research computing);
  3. Intersections between national and international actors and jurisdictions;
  4. “Rules of engagement” for platforms/services/resources to participate in a NDSF.

Results of discussions will inform the evolution of the NDSF and build on previous NDSF Summit outputs, as well as the collective activities of the Canadian research data management community. The Summit will also intersect with international efforts at building a Global Open Research Commons, which is intended to provide a globally integrated suite of research infrastructures.

Program:

In addition to plenary sessions for the whole group, 5 breakout sessions will each work to develop information and recommendations on the outcomes described below.

Each breakout group will discuss a special set of questions, intersecting with a number of themes and stakeholder groups. The same cohort of attendees will attend all 5 breakouts together to ensure a continuity of the conversation.

Day 1 – Monday, March 8 | Video recording

Time (ET)
Agenda Notes/Speakers
12:00-12:30 Welcoming Remarks Mark Leggott | RDC
David Castle | University of Victoria
12:30-13:15 Opening Keynote Working Together to Create a Truly Integrated DRI Ecosystem in Canada
Nizar Ladak | NDRIO
13:15-14:00 Breakout 1 Discussion of Outcome #1:
The needs of researchers with respect to RDM, and how that would best intersect with the evolution of existing/emerging RDM services and resources over the next 1-3 years.
14:00-14:30 Break
14:30-15:15 Breakout 2 Discussion of Outcome #2:
The intersections and synergies between the DRI pillars: data management (DM), research software (RS), and advanced research computing (ARC).
15:15-16:00 Closing Summary Remarks

Day 2 – Tuesday, March 9 | Video Recording

Time (ET)
Agenda Notes/Speakers
12:00-12:30 Welcoming Remarks Mark Leggott | RDC
David Castle | University of Victoria
12:30-13:15 Opening Keynote PechaKucha Session
13:15-14:00 Breakout 3 Discussion of Outcome #3:
Intersections within a national framework (including institutional and regional), protocols for data sovereignty, funding approaches, and intersections with the international ecosystem.
14:00-14:30 Break
14:30-15:15 Breakout 4 Discussion of Outcome #4:
“Rules of engagement” for platforms/services/resources to participate in a NDSF.
15:15-16:00 Closing Summary Remarks

Day 3 – Wednesday, March 10 | Video Recording

Time (ET)
Agenda Notes/Speakers
12:00-12:30 Welcoming Remarks Mark Leggott | RDC
David Castle | University of Victoria
12:30-13:15 Opening Keynote The emergence of the Global Open Research Commons
Mark Leggott | RDC
13:15-14:00 Breakout 5 Discussion of previous conversations, with an exercise to roll-up and prioritize specific outcomes. Each breakout group will discuss a special set of questions, intersecting with a number of themes and stakeholder groups. The same cohort of attendees will attend all 5 breakouts together to ensure a continuity of the conversation.
14:00-14:30 Break
14:30-15:15 Group Reporting Facilitated by:
Mark Leggott | RDC
15:15-16:00 Closing Summary Remarks Mark Leggott | RDC
David Castle | University of Victoria

The diagram below describes the process that will be used to generate discussion and create the outputs for the 2021 NDSF Summit. The final outputs will be published and sent directly to appropriate stakeholders, as well as all participants of the Summit.

 

Discussion Materials:

There are a number of resources that Summit participants can review prior to the Summit to facilitate discussions.

  • The most recent version of the Kanata Declaration from which the Breakout Context statements are drawn) [EN | FR]
  • NDRIO RDM Position Paper (link available soon)
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