The iReceptor Gateway: FAIR Open Data, Interoperability, and Data Curation Promotes Rapid Response to COVID-19

By Robyn Nicholson, Intern, and Mark Leggott, Executive Director As researchers around the world continue tirelessly to address the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic), rapid, open access to reliable data from trustworthy repositories is more important than ever. In particular, research into understanding the immune response to COVID-19 has increased the demand for highly specialized types […]

blog arrowPosted on: Aug 17, 2020

TRUST Principles Mini Symposium: The Future of Digital Repositories

By Robyn Nicholson, Research Data Canada Contents: Background Presentations Discussion Reflection Looking Forward Background A year-long collaborative community effort from Research Data Alliance (RDA) resulted in the development of the TRUST Principles, a set of guiding principles to demonstrate digital repository trustworthiness, centred around Transparency, Responsibility, User focus, Sustainability, and Technology. Published on May 14th, […]

blog arrowPosted on: Jul 29, 2020

Facilitating Stewardship of Data on a Global Scale: The World Data System’s New International Technology Office

Posted by: Laura Gerlitz, RDC Intern and Benoit Pirenne, Director of User Engagement, Ocean Networks Canada This year, the International Science Council’s World Data System (ISC-WDS) announced that its newly created International Technology Office (ITO) will be hosted in Victoria, BC, by a Canadian consortium consisting of the University of Victoria, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), […]

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December 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the December edition of the RDC Newsletter, a periodic update from the RDC stakeholder community and beyond. If you would like to make a suggestion or comment about the contents or get involved in RDC activities, please contact RDC’s Executive Director, Mark Leggott ( You can view past issues on the RDC Website, and subscribe […]

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Introducing the New Research Data Canada Intern

My name is Laura Gerlitz, and approximately a month ago I began as the new RDC Intern. My previous experience in the research data management community has largely been through my time as a digital humanities student, and I am thrilled to work with RDC stakeholders to make an impact on the state of RDM […]

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Guest Blog Post: No Data Left Out in the Cold

Written by: Chantel Ridsdale, Project and Outreach Coordinator | Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN)/Polar Data Catalogue (PDC) What is Cryospheric Science? Cryospheric science is the interdisciplinary study of permafrost, snow and ice, primarily on the surface of the Earth, but also on other planets and moons. The cryosphere is an integral part of the climate […]

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RDC National Data Services Framework Summit: September 22, 2017

Authour: Mark Leggott, Executive Director, Research Data Canada (RDC) The Canadian National Data Services Framework Summit took place just after the 10th RDA Plenary in Montreal, and gathered a broad stakeholder community to discuss the opportunities and challenges of building National Data Services in support of research data stewardship in Canada. The Summit provided an […]

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Guest Blog: Maximizing Health Research Data Benefits in Public Health Emergencies: A Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Perspective

Written in collaboration by CIHR’s Science Strategies and Initiatives Branch, the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity, and the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health Sharing information quickly and effectively during a public health emergency (PHE)[1] can save lives. Yet the need for timely data access must be balanced with a range of ethical, […]

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Unique Identifiers: Current Landscape and Future Trends

Posted by: Mark Leggott, Executive Director, Research Data Canada Since its inception, Research Data Canada (RDC) has worked with the community to develop outputs highlighting best practices in research data management. Concurrent with its latest output, RDC is launching the Best Practices Series with Unique Identifiers: Current Landscape and Future Trends. The research enterprise generates […]

blog arrowPosted on: Nov 29, 2016

Mobilizing Evidence to Impact Policy: PolicyWise for Children & Families

Posted by: Chantel Ridsdale, Research Data Canada Intern PolicyWise for Children & Families (PolicyWise) is an Alberta-based non-profit established in 2003, dedicated to conducting, funding, and mobilizing research for evidence-informed policy and practice for the well-being of children and youth. PolicyWise works in partnership with the Government of Alberta, the community, and Alberta Universities. In […]

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