Faculty, students, staff, and community members involved in McMaster University’s research enterprise are invited to participate in a series of opportunities to provide feedback on McMaster’s draft Research Data Management(RDM) Strategy.
The made-at-McMaster strategy was developed over the past year by a working group with pan-University representation and has been informed by broad campus consultation to ensure it reflects the needs and priorities of McMaster researchers.
Engagement opportunities for the campus research community will be offered throughout November and December to gather further feedback on the draft document. These opportunities include a virtual town hall, focus groups, an anonymous feedback form, and a roadshow with stops in departments across all faculties.
“The strategy document articulates a vision for RDM governance, services, community, and support across the institution,” said Jay Brodeur, chair of the working group and associate director of digital scholarship services at McMaster University Library. “We welcome and encourage researchers from across McMaster to participate in the feedback process and help shape the future of RDM at McMaster.”
McMaster’s RDM Strategy outlines how the University will provide its researchers in the areas of business, engineering, health sciences, humanities, science, and social sciences, with an environment that enables and supports best practices in RDM and ensures that McMaster researchers are prepared to meet the requirements of the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy, which uses an inclusive definition of data as: “primary sources to support technical or scientific enquiry, research, scholarship, or creative practice.”
How to get involved:
Virtual town hall
Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.
Research Data Management (RDM) Services and the Institutional Strategy Working Group are inviting feedback on the draft RDM Institutional Strategy from faculty, graduate students, research staff, and other McMaster researchers across disciplines. This virtual town hall will feature a presentation on the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy. The Institutional Strategy Working Group will also present the new strategy and how it was developed. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Virtual focus groups are being planned on several research-related topics that require specific RDM considerations:
Focus Group: Sensitive Data
Nov. 15 at 1 p.m.
Focus Group: Data Security
Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.
Focus Group: High-Performance Computing
Nov. 23 at 11 a.m.
Focus Group: Research Creation
Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.
Focus Group: Qualitative Data
Dec. 6 at 11:30 a.m.
Focus Group: Indigenous Data
Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.
Additional topics and dates for McMaster’s RDM Strategy engagement opportunities will be available on McMaster library’s online events listing.
Provide your feedback
Unable to attend the town hall? Provide comments and feedback on the draft strategy through this anonymous feedback form or by emailing McMaster’s Research Data Management team.
About RDM Services at McMaster
Research data management (RDM) is the active organization and maintenance of data throughout its life cycle. RDM Services at McMaster University provides resources, including personal support, to assist researchers on campus with a variety of RDM activities.