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Data Love-In 2019: A day of data management planning and conversations

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2019 Data Love-In

8:30 - 9:00 Refreshments

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome and Introductions

9:15 - 10:30: Panel Discussion: Barriers vs Access: How well-curated data benefits us all

When it comes to data, researchers have a choice: use someone else’s data or generate your own. What happens when the choice isn’t that clear or easy. Join us for a lively discussion on the challenges in both accessing data and curating data for long term use.

Jon Driver

Jon Driver

Jon Driver has been a faculty member in Archaeology since 1982. He has served as Chair of Archaeology (1993-1996), Dean of Graduate Studies (2000-2008) and Vice-President Academic and Provost (2008-2016).

He has undertaken archaeological fieldwork and laboratory analysis in England, the American Southwest and western Canada. His research deals generally with human subsistence and human/environment relationships, topics that he approaches through the study of animal remains from archaeological sites. He is currently working on the environmental and cultural history of the Peace River region in BC and Alberta, with emphasis on the site of Tse’K’wa (also known as Charlie Lake Cave) . He is still publishing on archaeology of the American Southwest.

He is currently a research associate of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (Colorado) and president of the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society that operates the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (Vancouver Island) behalf of the Universities of Alberta, British Columbia, Calgary, Victoria and SFU.

Anne-Marie Nicol

Anne-Marie Nicol

Anne-Marie Nicol is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Co-PI of the CAREX Canada Project based at SFU (  The CAREX platform uses from a wide range of data sources to provides estimates of Canadian's exposures to carcinogenic substances at work and at home. Anne-Marie's research areas include public and environmental health with a current focus on radon gas exposure and the challenges of obtaining, managing and visualizing data for this important cancer-causing agent. Anne-Marie holds a PhD from UBC in Health Care and Epidemiology and a degree in Communications from SFU.

Bryan Kinney

Bryan Kinney

Bryan Kinney is an Associate Professor in Criminology and Assistant Director of the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS). Bryan’s ‘big data’ interest concern development and interoperability of criminal justice (police, courts, corrections, etc.) and public safety (health and victim services, etc.) databases.   Functionally, big data—for criminologist and the wider public safety sector—means that we can do more with the data we do have.  Big data allows us to answer more specific questions than before.

10:30 - 10:45 Health Break

10:45 - 11:00 Introduction to the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Pillars

The three federal research funding agencies—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) (the agencies)—have developed a draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy, which aims to support Canadian research excellence by fostering sound digital data management and data stewardship practices.

The draft policy includes suggested requirements related to three primary areas:

  1. Institutional data management strategies
  2. Researcher data management plans
  3. Data deposit

Jeff Moon, Director, Portage Network, will introduce these data management pillars and address their implications for researcher data curation.

Jeff Moon is the Director of Portage, a national, library-based network launched by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) with the goal of building capacity and coordinating Research Data Management (RDM) activities in Canada. Prior to his role with Portage, Jeff served as Data Librarian at Queen’s University Library, as Academic Director of the Queen’s Research Data Centre, and as manager of the Queen’s University RDM Service. Jeff also teaches a graduate-level RDM course at Western University.


11:00 - 12:15 Research Data Management Strategy Tools and Services:

Jeff Moon will discuss research data management services and tools to support academic researchers. Following the discussion, members of the SFU Library's Research Data Management team will be available to answer SFU-specific questions.

RDM Strategy and RDM services and tools:

  • Portage Network of Experts
  • Portage’s Response to the Tri-Agency Pillars
    • Institutional Strategy
    • The DMP Assistant
    • National Repository Options
  • Research Ethics and RDM
  • Portage update
  • Questions?


12:15 - 1:30 Research Data Management and You

Register for this event

Join Jeff Moon, Director, Portage and the SFU Library’s Research Data Management team for a lunch-time discussion on unpacking the implications for managing your research data.  Lunch is included but registration is required.

Questions to consider:

1.       What benefits does RDM bring to the researcher / research ecosystem?

2.       What Pain Points do you envision with RDM?  (What keeps you up at night?)

3.       What specific questions do you have about RDM?