National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

June 21, 2005 10:37 ET

Final Report of the NCASRD: NRC Report Helps Maximize Value of Canadian-funded Research Data

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 21, 2005) - The National Research Council Canada (NRC) today released the Final Report of the National Consultation on Access to Scientific Research Data (NCASRD). The Report outlines recommendations and guidelines for maximizing the value received from Canada's publicly funded scientific research data, through their long-term preservation and open access standards.

"The tabling of this Report is welcome, as it provides ways Canada can best respond to increasing pressures around the preservation and archiving of its research in the natural and health sciences, and engineering," said Dr. Pierre Coulombe, NRC President. "The action plan determines Canada's capacity to safeguard potentially significant collections of data today and for the future."

"The findings of the NCASRD point the way forward for Canada to ensure open and long-term access to its publicly funded scientific research data," said Dr. David Strong, distinguished scientist, former president of the University of Victoria, president of University Canada West, and Chair of the NCASRD Task Force.

Leading Canadian researchers in science, engineering and health were invited to participate in a two-day Forum, in November 2004. They developed a national strategy to yield the most value from Canada's scientific research data by making them more widely available. The NCASRD complements an earlier study conducted by their peers in the social sciences. The framework identified by this Consultation forms the basis of the Report, which is now being submitted to federal granting agencies, partners in the initiative and the Government of Canada.

The NCASRD is an NRC-led partnership initiative with the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC).

Recognized globally for research and innovation, the NRC is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology. The NRC operates world-class research facilities, as well as information, technology and innovation support networks from coast to coast. Its outstanding people help turn ideas and knowledge into new products, processes and services, creating value for Canada. The NRC works hand in hand with partners from industry, government and universities to help ignite the spark of innovation in communities across the land and to give Canadian companies a competitive edge in today's marketplace. (

The CFI is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and other non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that will benefit Canadians. (

CIHR is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. Its objective is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to close to 10,000 researchers and research teams in every province of Canada. (

NSERC is a key federal agency investing in people, discovery and innovation. It supports both basic university research through research grants, and project research through partnerships among postsecondary institutions, government and the private sector, as well as the advanced training of highly qualified people. (

The Final Report of the NCASRD is available online at Print copies are also available through NRC's CISTI Help Desk at 1-800-668-1222 (Canada and US) or (613) 998-8544, or by e-mail at

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