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Ottawa, ON (September 14, 2011) – More than 150 invited participants, representing leading players and decision-makers from academia, government, NGOs and the private sector, are gathering in Ottawa today and tomorrow to work together on a shared national vision for research data management in Canada.

The 2011 Canadian Research Data Summit, Mapping the Data Landscape, is organized by the Research Data Strategy (RDS) Working Group to address the challenges and opportunities related to data management and, more specifically, to harness Canada's collective investment in research data for the greatest possible benefit.

A few words from the Summit's Honorary Advisory Committee

"Government research data represent an enormous public investment and as such are increasingly viewed as a public asset that should be leveraged by citizens, businesses and communities to maximize their value and impact. This Summit is a tremendous opportunity to tackle some of the challenges and explore the opportunities associated with preserving and making data more broadly and easily accessible."

—Corinne Charette, Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada

"If the promise of the digital age is to be successfully fulfilled, a pan-Canadian approach to data management is essential for advancing knowledge and understanding for the long term. By developing and implementing effective strategies for preserving research data and making them accessible to future generations of scholars, we will enable new insights and innovative analyses that are just beginning to become possible today."

—Dr. Chad Gaffield, President Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

"Research data are a key part of our scholarly record. Preserving and ensuring long-term and broad access will allow researchers to reuse data from many diverse sources thereby enhancing the innovation and discovery process."

—Dr. David Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria

The RDS Working Group will release a final report on the Summit in early 2012. The report will be used to further engage research data stakeholders and highlight key actions required to develop a national strategy for research data management.

See the Summit backgrounder (PDF format).

About the Research Data Strategy Working Group

The RDS Working Group is a collaborative effort to address the challenges and issues surrounding the access and preservation of data arising from Canadian research. This is a multi-disciplinary group with members representing universities, institutes, libraries, granting agencies, and individual researchers. Together, they focus on the necessary actions, next steps and leadership roles that researchers and institutions can take to ensure Canada's research data is accessible and usable for current and future generations of researchers.

For further information, contact:

Pam Bjornson (Chair, Research Data Strategy Working Group)
Director General, Knowledge Management
National Research Council Canada

Bronwen Woods (Secretary, Research Data Strategy Working Group)
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI)
National Research Council Canada