August 2018 Newsletter

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of the RDC Newsletter, which will provide a periodic update on research data news from the RDC stakeholder community and beyond. We look forward to your feedback and suggestions for future issues.

RDC News 

VPsR Workshop

On April 13, RDC facilitated a one-day workshop with Canadian university Vice-Presidents of Research. The topic for the day was the upcoming Tri-Agency draft Data Management Policy (see below). The conversation was wide-ranging and highlighted the roles of the offices of the VPR, CIO and University Librarian in responding to data management requirement. Summary notes and slide decks are available online.

RDC Committees

The RDC Steering and standing committees (Communications, Outreach and Education; Infrastructure; Policy; and Standards and Interoperability) meet quarterly to discuss issues of interest to the RDC stakeholder community. Key outputs from the committees will be shared via this newsletter and the RDC Zenodo Community. Previous examples include: Unique Identifiers: Current Landscape and Future Trends; Canadian National Data Services Framework Summit, Sep 22, 2017: Summary, and Data Innovation in Canada.

CANARIE RDM Funding Call

CANARIE launched their first RDM Funding Call on May 8, and the last day for applications was June 20. The focus areas for the Call were identified through a Community Consultation of the RDM stakeholder community. The Community Consultation identified gaps and opportunities for software development in eight areas, which are described in the document.

New Posting: RDC Intern

The role of the RDC Intern is to work with the Executive Director and act on the Vision and Mission of the organization to maximize the impact of RDC activities and outputs. The duties of the RDC Intern will include:

  • Assisting with preparation of material and development of outputs for RDC Committees and Working Groups
  • Socializing and promoting RDC outputs
  • Contributing to RDC communications, such as the Newsletter, Blogs, Webinars, and Twitter
  • Communicating with RDC stakeholders.

Requirements and application instructions are available here.

RDC Webinar Series

RDC’s webinar series continue to update the community on a variety of RDM topics. All webinars are archived for playback. A few recent topics:

The next webinar, Data anonymization and Deidentification and the Amnesia Tool, is scheduled for September. We also continue to book new webinars, so please let us know if there are topics you would like to see.

News from RDC Stakeholders

Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy

The new draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy was released for public consultation on June 5. This draft builds on the previously released Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management (2016), and Capitalizing on Big Data: Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada (2013), as well as a substantial amount of stakeholder engagement. The draft is available for public review and comment up to August 31st.

Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)

The CARL Portage project continues to provide the Canadian RDM community with useful resources. Some recent outputs:

International News

Research Data Alliance (RDA)

The 12th RDA Plenary takes place in Gabarone, Botswana and is part of the 2nd International Data Week (IDW) on November 5-8, 2018. If you did not have a chance to attend IDW 1 in Denver in 2016, please take a close look at this one. If travel is a concern, pencil in April 2-4, 2019 for the 13th Plenary in Philadelphia.

RDC is engaged with RDA as a member of the Organizational Assembly. Additionally, RDC’s Executive Director is a member of the Organizational Assembly Board and serves as a co-chair of the National Data Services Interest Group. RDC is also part of the conversation with colleagues in the United States and elsewhere to consider the creation of “RDA Region North America (RDA-RNA). There will be more information in this initiative in the coming months.

The Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI)

The CASRAI community has a focus on “research management information”, or the data and information that describes the administrative aspects of the research enterprise. With active Canadian, UK, and soon EU communities, CASRAI continues to contribute to the broader conversation around best practices in RDM.

CASRAI started the process of becoming a DuraSpace Project in April. DuraSpace is an independent not-for-profit organization that promotes durable, persistent access to digital data.

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

ANDS (Australia’s national data management agency) recently merged with two other Australian organizations critical to the RDM landscape: Nectar (national research software and collaboration agency) and RDS (national data storage, networking, and access agency). The new organization is called the Australian Research Data Commons.

European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)

One of the most anticipated international RDM projects is the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), which “will support EU science in its global leading role by creating a trusted environment for hosting and processing research data, is one important step closer to becoming a reality.” In May, the EU research ministers endorsed the roadmap for the EOSC, ensuring that efforts to develop this major research infrastructure will proceed apace.

Comments and Suggestions

If you would like to make a suggestion for future issues of this newsletter or comment on its contents, or to participate in RDC activities, please contact RDC’s Executive Director, Mark Leggott: mark.leggott@rdc-drc.ca