OHRI Institutional Research Data Management 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. In early 2021, Canada’s research funding agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) launched the Tri-Agency Research Data Management (RDM) Policy. In response to the Tri-Agency requirements, OHRI has developed a strategy to support all OHRI researchers while respecting discipline-specific needs. A copy of the strategy can be found here:

Research Data Management Strategy

Highlights of the objectives from OHRI’s RDM Strategy include:

  • Developing institutional policies regarding RDM practices
  • Facilitating access to RDM-specific training programs around best practices in research data management for OHRI researchers
  • Creating a data governance framework considering the needs of all three Indigenous Peoples groups defined in Canada's constitution (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis)
  • Exploring data repositories to support OHRI researchers with depositing and publishing Open Access data

OHRI researchers can find guidance for preparing Data Management Plans and other RDM resources as they become available in IRIS Guide. OHRI researchers requiring RDM support will receive assistance 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.

Questions about OHRI’s Research Data Management Strategy 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