2018 McMaster Research Data Forum: Common Challenges, Shared Solutions

Thank you to all who joined us at McMaster University on December 12, 2018, for a day of research data-related discussion, knowledge sharing, and skill building.

Click HERE to view recordings of the morning session and afternoon workshop. (Note that audio is missing for the first 12 minutes of the workshop stream)

View slides from the Panel Discussion and Jeff Moon's keynote address.

2018 McMaster Research Data Forum: Common Challenges, Shared Solutions



Common Challenges, Shared Solutions: 2018 McMaster Research Data Forum

On Wednesday, 12-December, the McMaster Library, RHPCS, MacDATA, and the Tier 3 Research Data Management IT Committee will be hosting an event called “Common Challenges, Shared Solutions: 2018 McMaster Research Data Forum”. The purpose of this event is to encourage discussion around the common challenges that researchers face with their data and promote the development and use of shared solutions to these needs.

The event will begin with a keynote address by Jeff Moon, Director of Canada’s Portage Network, focused on the evolving national landscape of research data management and infrastructure. This session will be followed by an interactive panel discussion, where McMaster researchers and service providers discuss their research data challenges in the exploration of common solutions.

In the afternoon session, facilitators from Statistics Canada will provide a workshop on disclosure control methods using confidential microdata.




All morning and afternoon events will be held in the Ruth & Lewis Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship (first floor, Mills Memorial Library)

8:30 – 9:00:  Registration & Light Refreshments

9:00 – 9:05:  Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Vivian Lewis, McMaster University Librarian

9:05 - 10:45:  Panel Discussion: Research Data Challenges and Solutions

  • Panel Moderator: Jay Brodeur, Manager, Maps, Data and GIS

10:45 - 11:00:  Break

11:00 - 12:00:  Keynote address: The Tri-Agency RDM Policy and the Evolving National Landscape

12:00 - 1:00:  Lunch

  • Lunch will be provided to registrants.


1:00 - 4:30:  Workshop: Research access to Statistics Canada Microdata: Current and future developments;

Location: Ruth & Lewis Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, Mills Memorial Library (1st Floor)

Description: Statistics Canada continues to expand its suite of products and access modes for users who seek increasingly rich information to use with their analysis. All the while, Statistics Canada continues to uphold its pledge of confidentiality to its data providers. In order to maximize their utility of Statistics Canada data, users seek a better understanding of the products and opportunities for analysis that are available, as well as the measures taken to meet the confidentiality obligations to data providers in different access scenarios. 

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of confidentiality concepts and methods that pertain to social, household and health data. Recommended approaches to the anonymization of microdata will be presented, along with approaches to apply to tabular results that are suitable to protect the confidentiality of individual results. Different modes of access will be presented, including current and new modes that are designed to provide higher quality data that are needed by today’s users. Current approaches such as at the Research Data Centres (RDCs), as well as future approaches at virtual RDCs, will be presented. This workshop will be of interest to (1) custodians of microdata who want to publish results while respecting the confidentiality of their data providers, as well as (2) current or potential users of Statistics Canada data, and who want to know the possibilities and limitations of the data and output at RDCs and through other access methods.

Directions & Accommodations

Directions & Accommodations


Instructions for those travelling to McMaster by plane, car, or public transit can be found on the Welcome to Mac webpage. 

Those travelling by transit can find further information at sustainability.mcmaster.ca.

For information on parking locations and rates, visit parking.mcmaster.ca.

We recommend staying at either the Staybridge Suites or Homewood Suites. Both are located in Downtown Hamilton and are a short car or bus trip from campus.

The Forum will be held on the first floor of Mills Memorial Library

For information on parking locations and rates, visit parking.mcmaster.ca.

A full campus map can be found here.

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