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Ottawa, ON, August 12, 2008 - The research process generates huge amounts of data that are an important part of Canada's scholarly record and hold enormous potential as an additional discovery and problem-solving tool for researchers. Unfortunately, Canada has no nationally adopted standards or policies governing how this data is collected, catalogued, or preserved.

A new collaborative effort is now underway to address the challenges surrounding the access and preservation of this data. The Research Data Strategy (RDS) Working Group is a multi-disciplinary group of universities, institutes, libraries, granting agencies, and individual researchers with a shared recognition of the pressing need to deal with Canadian data management issues.

Together, the Working Group is focusing 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.

Research Data Canada Web site

To support this effort, the Working Group has launched the Research Data Canada Web site as a tool to communicate with the broader community and to facilitate communication within and between three task groups, which have been formed to explore issues related to policies, funding and research; infrastructure and services; and capacity (skills, training, and reward systems).

The RDS Working Group will be convening a consultation around these issues at a future date to gather input and develop an action plan.

For more information, contact:

Pam Bjornson
Chair, Research Data Strategy Working Group
Web site:

Director General
National Research Council's
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI)
Tel.: 613-993-2341

Alison Cachia
Communications Officer, NRC-CISTI
Tel.: 613-991-2464

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