The Digital Research Alliance of Canada (the Alliance) is embarking on an ambitious journey to consolidate and coalesce Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) for Canadian researchers. To help inform the action plan for the work ahead, we assessed the current state of Research Data Management (RDM), Research Software (RS) and Advanced Research Computing (ARC) in Canada. Both RDM and ARC reports are updates to the 2017 assessments from the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure (LCDRI), whereas the RS assessment is the first such effort. The latter defines RS from a broad perspective at an emerging and complex intersection of tools, disciplines, services, platforms, hardware, resources, and the people, as well as describes it as an integral and interconnected part of the research enterprise that plays multiple roles in research.
This work has been only possible with the support and guidance of many individuals from across the DRI ecosystem that participated in working groups, and who helped describe in detail the evolving nature of the DRI ecosystem, and the many players involved in it.
You can find the current state assessments here:
- Research Data Management (English / French)
- Research Software (English / French)
- Advanced Research Computing (English / French)
We welcome and encourage feedback from the research community. Please send any questions, comments, or concerns regarding these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alliance plays a critical role in advancing the Government of Canada’s National DRI Strategy. It coordinates and funds activities related to and including ARC, RDM and RS.