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Research Data Management

General information on research data management at the University of Calgary



Find out more about data management and data management plans

Goals of research data management:

  • Prevent loss
  • Ensures usefulness of data and lengthens data lifespan
  • Facilitates sharing

Research Data Management Learning Resources

Libraries & Cultural Resources' services for research data management

  • Consultation for creating or reviewing data management plans
  • Repositories for preserving & sharing your data

For further information on any of these services contact

Training & Workshops

We are beginning to offer research data management workshops.  To schedule a workshop for your research group, class please contact

The following is a list of present and past presentations:

  • Open Science & the Role of the Institutional.  November 19, 2015 from 1:30-2:30 in the TFDL Gallery Hall.  This presentation will be by Kathleen Shearer who is the Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).  COAR, representing 100 institutions from 36 countries, works to enhance the visibility of research outputs through a global network of open access digital repositories.
  • Research & Open Data.  October 23, 2015 @ 2-3pm in TFDL 440A.  Peter Peller & John Brosz  [Slides]
  • Graduate Success Week: Data Management. May 4, 2016 @ 4-5pm in TFDL 364.  John Brosz & Paul Pival [Slides]
  • Data Management Plans.  LabNEXT Block Week Sessions.  Sept 8, 2016 @ 11:30 in TFDL 440D.  John Brosz & Robin Smith
  • Research Data Management.  My GradSkills Program.  Sept 30, 2016 @ 10am in TFDL 440B and Nov 3, 2016 @ 5pm in TFDL 440B.  John Brosz & Paul Pival [Slides]
  • Research Data Management Competency Training for LCR.  Feb 24, 2017 from 1-4 pm in TFDL 440A.

University of Calgary

Institutional guidelines and information.

Funding Requirements

Various research funders have differing requirements.  The following is a listing of the most common funding agencies for Canadian Academics.  If you have questions about funders whose requirements are not listed here please contact

Canadian Federal Governmental Requirements

Currently the Canadian government does not have legislation requiring data management for funded projects.  For information on the current Canadian environment in this area see the Government of Canada's Comprehensive Brief on Open Access to Publications and Research Data for Federal Granting Agencies.

At this time it is left to each institution to develop its own data management policies based on best practices in disciplinary environments as well as professional, ethical, and legal norms.

Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, & SSHRC)

The Tri-Agency has recently (July 2015) released a draft statement of principles on digital data management.  This draft can be found at  


SSHRC currently has a research data archiving policy, the text can be seen at


The CIHR requires a data deposit for specific types of data at outlined in Section 3.2 in Tri-Agency's Open Access Policy at

US Agencies

On February 22, 2013 the United States Office of the Science and Technology Process issued a memorandum directing Federal agencies with over $100 million in annual research and development expenditures to develop plans to support increased public access to the results of federally-funded research. Results are considered to include both peer-reviewed publications and digital data. Some agencies, such as NIH, already had such policies in place, and others have developed policies in response.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH has a data sharing policy, information on which can be found at

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The NSF has a data management policy, information on which can be found at

Department of Defense (DoD)

The US DoD has released a draft plan for compliance with the 2013 Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) memorandum on providing greater public access to federally funded research. This draft can be found at

Other Funders

SHERPA (a partnership of many UK academic institions) maintains the JULIET listing of research funder's open access policies that includes data archiving policies.

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