Data arising from the research process are the building blocks of scientific research. The CPDN is part of a growing community recognizing the value of preserving and making data findable, citable and accessible for replication and further use.
Why you should consider depositing your data:
- Funding Requirements
Funding agencies expect you to have well-managed data that can be cited, validated and used by others for further creation of knowledge. The International Polar Year program had an Open Data Policy which led to the establishment of the CPDN. In 2004, Canada adopted the OECD Declaration on Access to Research Data from Public Funding. Canada’s Federal Funding Agencies, NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC, have policies and guidelines on Open Data and the citation of data sets.
- Contribution to Scholarship
Research norms are changing with respect to the sharing of data. The Open Data movement calls for greater return on the investments made in data produced through public funding. New developments in scholarly communication are enabling the linkage of research findings with the evidence upon which they are based, by packaging new knowledge with the data on which it is based. Contemporary and future scientists can build upon the research data you collect to inform their investigations and further scientific discovery.
Each data set and project level description in the Polar Data Catalogue is assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), which can be used to cite the data you gathered, and link it to research publications that are based on the data. Each unique DOI is registered with DataCite by the National Research Council’s Canada Institute of Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) operating as DataCite Canada. DataCite is an international consortium committed to facilitating access to and preservation of data, and to elevating the status of data as citable contributions to research.
Data should be cited because:
- Researchers should be rewarded for their work in collecting and creating data
- Data citations lead to data reuse and opportunities for research collaboration
- Data citations make research more transparent.
The CPDN respects and will preserve the intellectual and cultural property rights associated with the data in its repository.
Recognizing that the true value of scientific data is often realized long after it has been collected, it is essential to ensure long-term preservation and sustained access to Canadian research data. All data deposited with the CPDN must be archived in a simple, reusable, digital form and be accompanied by descriptive, technical and preservation metadata.
The CPDN will establish linkages (through its membership or otherwise) with existing permanent data archival divisions within the Government.
Several government departments and agencies have been designated by federal legislative documents (for example, the Oceans Act) to collect data for the purpose of understanding the environment and its living resources and ecosystems. As part of their mandates, these government departments and agencies have been collecting and preserving a significant amount of data in the polar regions. Data in scope but outside the Government data archival divisions will be a priority of the CPDN.