Research Data Management (RDM) at Small Institutions

Danielle Connell, Research Services Officer, St. Thomas University

In December 2016, the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management was released, and over the coming months publically available templates will be developed in consultation with diverse stakeholders in Canadian research administration. We, as research administrators, must now work together to build a framework that will facilitate public access to the results of federally funded research. We must prepare for changes to our internal policies and processes in order to support effective data stewardship in 2018-2019. What is on everyone’s minds when it comes to research data management? Consider sharing your thoughts with the CARA community on one or more of the questions below:

· What will research data management look like at small institutions with no library and no capacity to build the digital infrastructure needed to house the data? Where will such institutions house their data and what will it cost to outsource this work? Can/should we rely on adoptive repositories at other (larger) institutions?

· Will the work fall on the shoulders of one person? How much work are we talking about? Are we “making a mountain out of a molehill”?

· Who are the current data management experts on your campus? At some, it may be the Research Ethics Board!

· Do our VPs know that RDM is on the horizon and if not, how can we best lay the groundwork in order to get the support we’ll need?

Send your replies to dconnell@stu.ca by January 25th. Your comments will be incorporated into the next article in this series, published in the CARA Connection Newsletter and the CARA Blog. Thank you everyone for your ongoing interest and fantastic contributions!

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