Launching McMaster’s First RDM Institutional Strategy

Launching McMaster’s First RDM Institutional Strategy

McMaster Library News recently ran an excellent article by Tina Depko (Communications Manager) on the launch of McMaster University’s inaugural Research Data Management Strategy, a massive undertaking led by members of the Sherman Centre team. We have reproduced the article in full below. Read the original post here.

After two years of engagement, exploration, and evaluation, McMaster University’s first Research Data Management (RDM) Institutional Strategy is ready. 

This document was created through the contributions, writing, input, and feedback of hundreds of members of the McMaster research community under the leadership of McMaster’s Institutional Strategy Working Group.

The result is a guiding framework and a growing suite of related services that will support all McMaster researchers in planning for and managing their research data, which are used as primary sources to support a wide range of activities, including technical and scientific inquiry, research, scholarship, and creative practice.

“Developing McMaster’s RDM Strategy was a significant undertaking, and the quality of the finished product speaks to the shared commitment of the Working Group and our research community to create a vision for research data management at the institution,” said Jay Brodeur, associate director, Digital Scholarship Services at McMaster University Library and Working Group chair.

“Through this strategy, we’ve set a course for building the resources, services, and community that support good RDM practices to the benefit of researchers, scholarly and global communities.”

Photograph of Isaac Pratt and Danica Evering
Isaac Pratt and Danica Evering, RDM Specialists

The engagement opportunities throughout the past two years included an online survey, focus groups, a maturity assessment, and a town hall meeting. In-person meetings with 32 departments were also held from fall 2022 through winter 2023 to gather feedback on both the strategy and the related Digital Research Commons Pilot.

McMaster’s new strategy supports good RDM practices which, in turn, increases research visibility, aligns with evolving funder requirements, builds new collaborations, enables verification of research results, and supports a culture of accessible and reproducible research.

The published strategy satisfies the first requirement of the Tri-Agency RDM Policy, while also preparing McMaster researchers to meet increasing funder, journal, and disciplinary expectations for data management plans at the outset of projects and data deposit at their conclusion.

The strategy has been approved by the working group, the Research Information Technology Committee, and the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

Karen Mossman, vice-president, Research at McMaster was a key supporter of the creation of the strategy and says it is of the utmost importance to the research enterprise.

“Research data management is critical to the success of McMaster’s research community and an important responsibility shared by everyone who works and studies at McMaster,” said Mossman.

“This institutional RDM strategy will improve researchers’ access to resources and support on RDM best practices, so that they may continue to conduct, protect and share their impactful work. Thank you to all those who contributed their time and expertise to the development of this shared vision.”

Now that the strategy has been established, the implementation process is underway.

A new RDM Strategy Implementation Committee will lead more formal and collaborative operational activity development during the first year of strategy implementation. Anyone interested in participating in this next stage can email McMaster’s RDM team.

Access McMaster’s RDM Institutional Strategy 

McMaster RDM Institutional Strategy webpage
PDF direct download of McMaster’s RDM Institutional Strategy
Book a consultation with our RDM Specialists