Strategy Overview

In response to a growing awareness on the value of managing, sharing, and preserving research data, the Tri-Agency adopted the following policy Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy on research data management (RDM) to ensure good data management planning and practices throughout the research lifecycle. This Tri-Agency policy requires each post-secondary institution and research hospital eligible to administer Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) or Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funds to create an institutional RDM strategy and notify the agencies of its completion.

To support the adoption of the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy and to enhance current research data management planning and practices, Lambton College has established a data governance team dedicated to the Lambton College RDM strategy. This strategy aims to support the College, administrators, researchers, research support staff, and faculty to promote and implement research data management planning and practices throughout the lifecycle of their research.

Lambton College recognizes that this is an essential component to ensuring research excellence and will actively engage in activities to raise awareness, promote training and support to all College members, particularly, researchers and staffs at all career stages. We are committed to providing useful RDM resources, tools, and expertise that are readily available and expanded on as we continue to learn and grow our RDM best practices.

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Importance of Research Data Management

The Tri-Agency policy outlines the agencies expectation surrounding the research they fund, including research that is conducted to the highest professional and disciplinary standards, domestically and internationally. The agencies will require DMPs and data deposits to be submitted with grant applications and included in journal publications.

Lambton College recognizes that technology has expanded the scope of research data, which in turn has increased the considerations required to ensure the appropriate handling of these data. As an institution, we aim to provide the necessary resources, tools, training, and services to everyone involved in each research project stage, ensuring the use of strong research data management practices throughout the research lifecycle. Lambton College’s Research Data Management Strategy will continue to evolve as we transition to RDM best practices for all disciplines.

Download the RDM Strategy Document

Research Data Management (RDM)

Research Data Management (RDM) describes the activities researchers carry out as they organize and maintain data throughout the research process. It can include (but is not limited to):

  • Setting up plans and processes before starting data collection
  • Keeping track of, documenting, and backing up data during the research project
  • Archiving or publishing data after the project has completed

The Research Data Life Cycle

RDM spans across all phases of the research life cycle including managing data through active phases and beyond.

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Active Storage
  • Plan
  • Create
  • Process
  • Analyze
Data Repository & Preservation Storage
  • Disseminate
  • Preserve
  • Reuse