The 5th 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. This year’s theme, Looking Back and Looking Forward, will provide an update on some key national RDM initiatives, and consider priorities for the next stage.

Research Data Canada has been funded by CANARIE since 2015 and will be fully integrated into The Digital Research Alliance of Canada (The Alliance) by the end of March 2022. With this important transition, the Summit will allow participants to reflect on past conversations, highlight important next steps, as discuss how the RDM community and services could intersect more effectively with other digital research infrastructure (DRI) components: advanced research computing, and research software.

For more information, please contact Mark Leggott.

Please note: The program will be conducted in English, with simultaneous French translation.

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


The agenda features sessions on developing a national strategy for persistent identifiers, a discussion of open science practices, a look at RDC’s accomplishments, and the strategy for the Alliance as it moves ahead with developing its programs.

Program: Video recording

11:00-11:30 ET Welcome
David Castle | Professor, School of Public Administration and the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria; Researcher in Residence, Office of the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada

Jim Ghadbane | President and CEO, CANARIE

NDSF Summit 2021 Overview
Mark Leggott | Director of International Relations, Digital Research Alliance of Canada

11:30-12:30 ET



Timothée Poisot | Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Université de Montréal

12:30-13:30 ET


National Persistent ID Strategy
Josh Brown | Co-founder, Research and Strategy, MoreBrains Cooperative
13:30-14:00 ET


14:00-15:00 ET


Panel: Open Science


Simon Hodson | Executive Director, CODATA

Erin Dickie, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto / Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Felicity Taylor | Research Data Management Librarian, University of Ottawa

Aaron Franks | Senior Advisor, External Relations and Strategic Initiative, FNIGC

Moderator: David Castle

15:00-16:00 ET


Looking Back and Looking Forward: Overview of Alliance RDM-Facing Efforts

Nizar Ladak | President and CEO, Digital Research Alliance of Canada

Aligning Research Software, Research Data Management, and Advanced Research Computing (ARC) – Group Discussion

Moderator: Mark Leggott


The 2022 NDSF Summit is a virtual event and is free. Click the button below to register. To foster opportunities for effective discussions, Summit attendee numbers will be limited.

Please Register as soon as you can to ensure you have a place at the event.

Staying in Touch:

On April 1, 2022, the transition of RDC to the Alliance will be complete. The RDC website will be incorporated into the Alliance website, under Research Data Management. The RDC newsletter will cease, and research data management updates will be included in a monthly newsletter from the Alliance. We encourage you to subscribe to the Alliance newsletter to continue to receive information about RDM resources, services, and developments.

Subscribe here.

For more information about the transition, please contact Mark Leggott.