Research data management (RDM) covers the collection, documentation, storage, sharing and preservation of research data. If it's done well, the data are secure throughout their lifecycle and discoverable by others (to the extent that research ethics and IP agreements allow).
For Canadian institutions, the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy has become a foundational document on RDM. It lays out important principles of sound data management and mandates for postsecondary institutions. Key objectives of the policy include supporting researchers in (1) developing sound data management plans (DMPs) and (2) depositing data in digital repositories, in keeping with the FAIR principles of data management (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Click on the topics below to learn more.