Research Data Management Policies and Statements

In Canada

The Federal Government has been increasing its interest and support for research data management and sharing through open government and open science initiatives. Canada’s Draft New Plan on Open Government 2016-2018 contains a section on Open Science, which outlines the development of an Implementation Plan that will include actions to develop “an open access policy for scientific research funded through grants and contributions” as well as “policies on digital data management for research funded through the Granting Councils”.



In order to improve the management of research data produced through publicly funded research, the United States’ White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has published a policy memorandum that directed all federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to require researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research. Each of the 22 agencies subject to these requirements was required to develop a plan that outlines how they will adhere to this policy.

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