Funding agency data policies

Canada

Tri-Agency Draft Open Access Policy

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have officially launched a consultation with their communities on the draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy.

Capitalizing on Big Data: Agencies launch consultation on digital scholarship (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR and CFI) 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), as well as the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and in collaboration with Genome Canada—have joined forces to help address digital infrastructure challenges through the consultation document Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada.

Tri-Council Policy Statement on the Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans

Researchers should ensure that the data obtained are stored with all the precautions appropriate to the sensitivity of the data. Data released should not contain names, initials or other identifying information. While it may be important to preserve certain types of identifiers (e.g., region of residence), these should be masked as much as possible using a standardized protocol before the data are released for research purposes.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research(CIHR)

CIHR requires grant recipients to deposit certain data types - bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data - into the appropriate public database immediately upon publication of research results. CIHR also requires researchers to retain original data sets arising from CIHR-funded research for a minimum of five years after the end of the grant. They have plans to review this policy in the near future and possibly expand it.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

SSHRC has had a Research Data Archiving Policy in place since 1990. The policy requires that all research data collected with the use of SSHRC funds must be preserved and made available for use by others within a reasonable period of time. SSHRC considers a reasonable period to be within two years of the completion of the research project for which the data was collected.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

NSERC has no general policy in regards to research data. They do, however, have guidelines for researchers funded through the NSERC Strategic Networks Program. The guidelines state: "To encourage the sharing and dissemination of research data and its use by others within a reasonable period of time, an agreement regarding responsibility for the maintenance and preservation of large data sets must be in place at the outset of network activities."