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FAQ

Who Should Respond?

+ Can anyone submit a response to the Consultation?
Yes. Anyone in Canada with an understanding of, or interest in, software tools that facilitate a more effective approach to managing data from publicly-funded research is encouraged to submit.
+ Can multiple individuals/institutions be associated with one submission?
Yes. You can identify additional organizations in the submission text itself, and/or with the additional e-mail addresses copied on the submission.
+ Is the audience for the community consultation restricted to researchers associated with higher education institutions and government?
No, anybody with an interest in research data (e.g. funders, producers or consumer of data, support organizations) is the intended audience and all are encouraged to participate in the community consultation.
+ Could a non-profit in the US partner with a Canadian organization/institution to submit a response?
Yes, but only if the submission is made by a Canadian institution. Other partners in the submission can be mentioned in the text of the submission, and/or as a CC in the distribution at the time of submission.

Submitting a Response

+ Can I send my submission via e-mail?
No. You must use the SurveyMonkey Apply system that is provided. If you are having problems using the submission system, contact rdm@canarie.ca.

Research Domains of Interest

+ What types of research domains are of interest?
All. Highlighted gaps could address one domain, many, or be a generic issue of interest to any research domain.
+ Is usage tracking considered important, for example, as it relates to papers and datasets that are changed/retracted?
Yes. Tracking the creation and evolution of research outputs (e.g. scholarly articles and datasets) is an important part of the RDM ecosystem, whether it be maintaining a provenance record, or ensuring links between different version of the same/similar outputs, and a host of related functions.
+ Does a focus on supporting National Data Services mean that software with international importance is less favoured?
No. The key aspect of support for National Data Services is to deliver services that can function at a national level, across or within disciplines. As research is highly collaborative both nationally and internationally, software that integrates international RDM standards or that reflects the needs of an international research community will not be less favoured.

Supporting Material

+ When referring to data, is it data in any form: numerical, text, audio, video etc.?
Yes. All forms of research output are of interest in this context. The CASRAI Dictionary definitions of data and research data are useful in considering the nature of data in this context.
+ Are there other materials besides those linked to on the CANARIE website that might be important to consider in making a submission?
The Tri-Agencies’ Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, and Research Data Canada’s Statement of Principles are useful documents.

Describing “Gaps and Opportunities”

+ Why use the phrase “gaps and opportunities”?
CANARIE is interested in funding new developments in software tools that fill gaps to improve the support of RDM best practices, but also those that provide an opportunity to implement innovative new solutions.
+ Should we provide details of projects that could fill highlighted gaps?
If possible. While not required, providing examples of proposed or existing solutions that fill gaps being highlighted would provide reviewers with a broader understanding of how gaps might be addressed.
+ Is CANARIE only interested in gaps/opportunities that could be addressed with the development or enhancement of software tools and platforms?
No, at this community consultation stage, the community has the opportunity to highlight any gap or opportunity that may be addressed with human or machine services. This is valuable input to CANARIE and provides additional context for making decisions regarding funded projects. However, the funding call will only support RDM software development activities.

Community Consultation vs. Funding Call

+ Will Consultation submissions determine funded projects?
No. The Consultation stage simply determines priority areas for the funding; funding applications will be considered in a separate process.
+ Will the gaps or opportunities that are submitted during the community consultation stage be explicitly identified in the funding call stage?
The RDM Advisory Committee will review the feedback from the community and will provide their recommendation on what the priority areas are in research data management based on the feedback from the consultation. These priority areas will be identified as the focus for proposals in the funding call. Therefore, not all the gaps and opportunities identified in the community consultation will necessarily be the focus of the funding call.
+ Will all feedback be communicated back to the community?
Once the feedback has been received and the RDM Advisory Committee has suggested priority areas, CANARIE will communicate these priorities back to the stakeholder community through the funding call.
+ Will there be an advantage gained in the funding call stage from submitting a response in the community consultation stage?
No, there will be no advantage gained in the funding call. However, CANARIE is interested in a broad range of feedback from the community and encourages participation in the consultation. If a priority is not presented through the consultation, it will not be included in the funding call.
+ Will submissions to the consultation be explicitly identified in the funding call, so that other groups can consider submitting a proposal?
Not entirely. Once the RDM Advisory Committee concludes it work, and the funding call is launched, all areas of focus emerging from the consultation will be published. Any organization/individual interested in proposing a project to address those gaps may submit a proposal.

RDM Advisory Committee

+ Who are the members of the RDM Advisory Committee?
The CANARIE RDM Advisory Committee includes members from Canada’s universities (including offices of the University Librarian, Vice-President Research, Chief Information Officer), CARL Portage, Compute Canada, SSHRC, the Government of Canada, and the international data management community. There are also four representatives from CANARIE and the Committee is Chaired by Mark Wolff, CANARIE’s Chief Technology Officer.

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