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4th National Data Services Framework (NDSF) Summit

Posted on: Feb 19, 2021

Research Data Canada will be hosting the 4th National Data Services Framework (NDSF) Summit on March 8-10th, 2021. The program for the Summit can be found in this webpage. Registration is required to attend.

For additional information on this important event, please visit their website. Registration is free!


From the RDC website:

The 4th National Data Services Framework (NDSF) Summit is a forum where the Canadian research community can learn, collaborate, exchange ideas, and discuss common issues, with a goal of developing a shared understanding of the current data management landscape and recommendations for future initiatives.

The Summit theme, Crafting the Canadian Open Research Commons, indicates a digital research infrastructure ecosystem that available to all Canadian researchers, and one that is interoperable at a global level.

The 2021 NDSF Summit outcomes will be distributed widely in the Canadian DRI ecosystem, and directly to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), the National Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO), and other key stakeholders.

For more information, please contact RDC Executive Director, Mark Leggott.

Please note: Simultaneous translation will be available for all plenary sessions.

Who should attend?

The NDSF Summit is targeted at all levels of participants in the research ecosystem, including:

  • researchers
  • infrastructure providers
  • funders
  • publishers
  • librarians
  • research service providers
  • senior administrators


Building on the previous three NDSF Summits, this year’s event will use small group discussions as the foundation, with a focus on four outcomes:

  1. The needs of researchers and intersections with existing/emerging research data management services and resources;
  2. Synergies with the three primary digital research infrastructure (DRI) pillars (data management, research software, and advanced research computing);
  3. Intersections between national and international actors and jurisdictions;
  4. “Rules of engagement” for platforms/services/resources to participate in a NDSF.

Results of discussions will inform the evolution of the NDSF and build on previous NDSF Summit outputs, as well as the collective activities of the Canadian research data management community. The Summit will also intersect with international efforts at building a Global Open Research Commons, which is intended to provide a globally integrated suite of research infrastructures.