Does data have to be openly accessible or archived under this new policy?
CIHR grant holder requirements remain unchanged and are required to deposit bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data into the appropriate public database, as already required by most journals, immediately upon publication of research results.
NSERC and SSHRC grant recipients are not required to make their data openly accessible or archived at this time. Note: SSHRC has a Research Data Archiving Policy to facilitate making data that has been collected with the support of SSHRC funds available to other researchers. The Agencies are currently reviewing trends and policies of other funding agencies and closely monitoring the numerous conversations about research data management happening in Canada and globally.
The Agencies encourage researchers and trainees to make their research data available as a best practice and to increase the dissemination of research findings.
a) What are some examples of data that CIHR-supported researchers must deposit into public databases?
Examples of data that should be deposited into public databases includes: genomic data, DNA sequences, protein structures, protein sequences, protein interaction data, nucleic acid structures, nucleic acid behaviors, factors and motifs, plasmids, atomic coordinates, and molecular interaction data. A sample of public databases and archives, including their web sites, is provided in the Annex accompanying the policy.
b) What are some types of data that CIHR-supported researchers do not have to be archived?
Research data sets that do not have to be archived include: personal or sensitive data, administrative, clinical, and longitudinal data. Data that can be archived is biomedical data that is typically archived in a public database.
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