Canadian funding agencies seek input on big data management plan

October 17, 2013

Canada’s federal research granting agencies — the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) – have released a consultation document to help address digital infrastructure challenges, including how to manage big data. “The potential of data-intensive research is quickly exceeding our ability to manage and grow the digital ecosystem required to meet 21st century research needs, and thus contribute to Canada’s social and economic prosperity,” says a SSHRC statement. The agencies are seeking feedback on the document from institutions, associations, organizations and individuals, and are asking for email responses by December 16. Proposals in the document include: having the granting agencies, in partnership with stakeholders, define the core elements of a data stewardship plan; coordinating regular stakeholder consultations on a digital infrastructure; and developing future funding parameters for data management. Canada Foundation for Innovation | Consultation Document