Canadian Research Data Summit Convenes today

Working together to exploit Canada's investment in data for maximum economic and social benefit

For immediate release - 2011-27

Ottawa (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, of which the Canadian Institutes of Health Research is a member.

The aim of the Summit is 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.

"This is an important undertaking for Canada's research community. A national approach to data management is essential to ensuring that research data are preserved and accessible to future generations of researchers who will be able to exploit and use them in extraordinary ways that we cannot even imagine today." Dr. Jane Aubin, Vice-President, CIHR

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

The full announcement and Summit backgrounder are available for viewing on the RDS Working Group website.

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.

About CIHR
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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Further information :

David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, 613-941-4563, Cell: 613-808-7526

Kiera Keown, Senior Advisor, Knowledge Translation, Tel: 613-948-2725, Kiera.keown@irsc-cihr.gc.ca