Research data management survey aims to improve Sheridan’s capacity as a research institution

By George Kell

Academic research generates an abundance of data. And all that data, much of it private and sensitive, needs to be properly handled and securely stored. 

New guidelines from the Tri-agency federal research granting body will soon require that academic researchers and institutions that receive funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) safeguard research data that are collected and stored over the course of research activities, as well as archived, shared and/or destroyed beyond the life of their projects.

Dr. Vicki Mowat, director of research at Sheridan, is heading up a steering committee to oversee the effort to meet these demands. Although COVID-19 has put the implementation of the policy on hold, the committee believes that the data management capacity Sheridan is building in anticipation of the new Tri-agency policy can be applied broadly. This would take Sheridan’s RDM capacity beyond external funding and apply a strategy to all areas of the college. As head of the steering committee looking at the new RDM strategy, Mowat is charging ahead to help Sheridan achieve its full potential.

In December, Sheridan’s RDM Steering Committee released a survey to begin capturing the types of research data collected at Sheridan, as well as current practices with respect to managing research data across disciplines.

“Since this is new ground for us,” Mowat wrote in an email to SpeakingBiz. “This is crucial information for the Steering committee to gather in order to move forward to building the strategy and services and supports for faculty members going forward.”

To participate in the survey, click on the link here.

For more information, contact Vicki Mowat at

George Kell is a student in Sheridan’s Public Relations – Corporate Communications program.

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