OHRI Research Data Management Institutional Strategy

Research Data Management (RDM) refers to the processes applied through the lifecycle of a research project to guide the collection, documentation, storage, sharing, and preservation of research data (GoC, 2021). Excellent RDM practices support research visibility, facilitate new collaborations, empower verification of research results, and build a culture of reproducible research. Canada’s research funding agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) launched the Tri-Agency Research Data Management (RDM) Policy in early 2021. The policy will be implemented incrementally through an ongoing engagement process, with key dates highlighted below:

  • Institutional strategies: By March 1, 2023, research institutions subject to this requirement must post their RDM strategies and notify the agencies when completed.
  • Data management plans: By spring 2022, the agencies will identify the initial set of funding opportunities subject to the DMP requirement. The agencies will pilot the DMP requirement in targeted funding opportunities before this date.
  • Data deposit: After reviewing the institutional strategies and in line with the readiness of the Canadian research community, the agencies will phase in the deposit requirement.

In response to the Tri-Agency requirements, OHRI has assembled a Research Data Management and Sharing Advisory Committee (OHRI internal access only) to develop a strategy to support all OHRI researchers while respecting discipline-specific needs. The proposed development timeline can be found below:

Proposed development timeline

In addition, guidance for preparing Data Management Plans will be provided as the institutional strategy is developed. OHRI researchers will receive support through a collaboration between the OHRI Business Systems Integration Team (BSIT) and the Ottawa Methods Centre (OMC). Please fill out an Ottawa Methods Centre Service Request if you require assistance with preparing a data management plan.

Questions about the Research Data Management and Sharing Advisory Committee can be directed to CEP Operations Manager Julia Chehaiber, jchehaiber@ohri.ca.

Other Useful Links

Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy
Tri-Agency FAQs
Policy launch announcement
OHRI Research Data Management Survey (OHRI internal access only)