Support for the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management in UBC

UBC Library and UBC ARC have been proactively working for a number of years anticipating the newly released recommendations in the Statement of Principles and are actively engaging with UBC portfolios including UBC REB to ensure the appropriate ethical and procedural requirements are reflected in tools and resources. Some of the aforementioned tools and resources are outlined below:

  • Data Management Repository — UBC Library has implemented robust data management software – Abacus Dataverse – collaborating with Harvard and supporting other BC schools (UNBC, UVic and SFU). The system is designed to manage and preserve data and it is opened to UBC researchers, labs and institutes.
  • Data Management GuidanceResearch Data Management Website – is a valuable tool for researchers to learn about data management, specifically at UBC.  Open access materials were developed to provide training for UBC researchers, faculty and students. Please see our DataGuide to get started and data privacy and security best practices document that outlines key considerations for researchers when working with sensitive data and Personal Information. Workshops are offered monthly at the library HERE.
  • Data Management Plans — Our national DMP Assistant software – is a bilingual tool for preparing data management plans (DMPs). The tool follows best practices in data stewardship and walks researchers step-by-step through key questions about data management. Hosted by the Canadian national Portage initiative, DMP Assistant is designed to meet the anticipated Data Management Plan requirements (in English or French) of most major Canadian funders.
  • Discoverability of Data — The Library is working to increase the visibility of research datasets already added to the UBC’s data repository.  These datasets can be discovered through many search interfaces, including Google and Summon. We have embarked on a project to assign DOI’s to all UBC Library digital assets including datasets, via our new Open Collections portal – https://open.library.ubc.ca/.  DOIs will increase the further citability and discoverability of UBC research data.

Both UBC ARC and UBC Library provide research data management guidance via consultation services.  ARC consultations are available through arc.consult@ubc.ca and for the Library – research.data@ubc.ca