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Research Data Management (RDM)

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This guide promotes the responsible preservation and sharing of research data by Centennial College researchers.

Centennial College Libraries supports researchers as they adhere to Canada's Tri-Agency Research Data Management  Policy:

"The agencies believe that research data collected through the use of public funds should be responsibly and securely managed and be, where ethical, legal and commercial obligations allow, available for reuse by others" 
Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy For Consultation, 2021) 

NEW!! Centennial College adopted a new Research Data Management Strategy in 2023 that outlines how the college will support researcher in good RDM practices.

New Data Landscape

Data deposit is now a common and expected part of the research process. Several examples are listed below of funding agency and publisher expectations with regard to data deposit.

  • SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) has a Research Data Archiving Policy specifying that data be made available within 2 years: 

"All research data collected with the use of SSHRC funds must be preserved and made available for use by others within a reasonable period of time. SSHRC considers "a reasonable period" to be within two years of the completion of the research project for which the data was collected". 

  • Wellcome Trust (large funder of health research) has a mandatory data deposit policy for grant recipients

"You must make any data, original code or materials that underpin published research findings accessible to other researchers at the time of publication. This long-standing requirement extends across all our funded research – from basic science to clinical trials."

"After publication, all data and materials necessary to understand, assess, and extend the conclusions of the manuscript must be available to any reader of a Science Journal. After publication, all reasonable requests for data, code, or materials must be fulfilled."

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