Project ARC brings together existing library-based initiatives in the area of research data management in order to better coordinate activities and build capacity.
Project ARC was initiated by CARL (Canadian Association of Research Libraries) and builds on previous work to build capacity for research data management in Canadian academic libraries. The Project ARC Working Group was launched in March 2014 following an initial meeting of stakeholders in December 2013.
The Project ARC Working Group has members from all four regional academic library associations (CAUL, COPPUL, OCUL and Quebec) as well as CRKN, CARL, and some of Canada’s top research data management experts.
The aim of the project is to lay the foundation for the implementation of a library-based research data management network in Canada. The group has four concrete objectives:
- Provide support for institutions to deliver data management plans (DMPs)
- Develop a plan for the implementation of a centre of expertise for the curation of research data in Canada
- Undertake a pilot that will act as an exemplar for a national preservation service for research data
- Develop an organizational framework and operational plan for a library-based research data management network in Canada
Project ARC is also liaising closely with all relevant stakeholder in this arena, such as Research Data Canada, Compute Canada, CANARIE and others, to ensure these activities connect with and enhance other related initiatives.
The working group aims to complete its work in the coming year with the launch of a Canadian Research Data Management Network.