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Canadian Research Data Summit convenes in Ottawa

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

Ottawa, ON (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 on September 14 and 15 to work together on a 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 SSHRC 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.

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 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 to and preservation of data arising from Canadian research. This is a multidisciplinary 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.

For more information, contact:

Trevor Lynn
Communications Manager, SSHRC
Email : trevor.lynn@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
Tel. : 613-992-7302

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