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The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites you to attend the 37th Annual IATUL Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This year’s theme is Leadership in a Sea of Change, and reflects not only Nova Scotia’s location by the ocean, but also provides the opportunity to share cutting edge experiences and knowledge during this time of continuing change in the world of libraries.
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Tuesday, June 7 • 10:30 - 12:00
Parallel Session 3B (Data Management) Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in Research Data Management

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Research data management (RDM) services have become a high priority for government agencies and post-secondary institutions across Canada in recent years. There is a strong sense of urgency: Canada has lacked coherent national strategies such as those in Australia or the UK, and at the same time there are growing expectations for sound RDM practices. For example, Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government includes deliverables aimed at improving access to publications and data resulting from federally funded scientific activities, and the federal research granting councils will be adopting a Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management in 2016 that will be reviewed and revised through continual stakeholder engagement. Amongst those stakeholders are the research universities of the country, including their libraries.

Canadian university libraries have a long history of the kinds of collaborations required in the multi-stakeholder RDM environment, deep experience in developing programs to advance research, and critical expertise in preservation. In 2015, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries launched a national research data management network, named Portage, to assist researchers and other RDM stakeholders through a library-based network of expertise on RDM and through working with multiple stakeholders to develop national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data. This work has proceeded in concert with the RDM priorities of university presidents and research administrators, as well as federal research granting councils and agencies responsible for advanced research computing and the national high-speed optical research network.

This paper will describe approaches taken to aligning RDM services across multiple stakeholder groups in Canada and discuss various factors to be considered in such collaborations.

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Donna Bourne-Tyson

Donna Bourne-Tyson is is the University Librarian at Dalhousie University. Research interests include digital scholarship, OA publishing, and the impact of technology on equitable access, reading and learning. Donna is the Vice-President / President-Elect for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), and a founding member of Portage, the national RDM network supported by CARL. She has served as Board Vice-Chair/Chair of the... Read More →
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Martha Whitehead

Martha Whitehead is Vice-Provost and University Librarian at Queen’s University, Canada. She is currently President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and led the working group that developed the vision and service concepts for the Portage network. She serves on several national multi-stakeholder bodies: Research Data Canada’s Steering Committee, the Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure, and the Social Sciences... Read More →

Tuesday June 7, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
CHEB - C140 5793 University Ave

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