Save the Date for Consultations on the Data Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution Program

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Note:  Please help us get the word out and share the following with your institutional colleagues, constituents and communities.     

Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the applicant board for the Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution program, I am pleased to announce that the Applicant Board will be conducting national consultation sessions.    Community consultations are necessary and important to address a number of outstanding governance issues prior to the establishment of the inaugural board for the new organization early in the 2020.  In-person consultations will start as early as next week to be able to hit important milestones in forming the full governance structure of the organization.

These consultations are the next step towards implementation of the DRI Contribution program with approved funding from the federal Minister of Science of up to $375 million.   This program will be governed by a not for profit organization that will coordinate funding and strategic directions for national activities related to:  research data management; advanced research computing, and research software.

These consultations will build on the feedback received during the development of the proposal in the spring and address governance issues including membership and board composition for the new organization.    

Please save the date in your region for the following face-to-face consultation sessions.  All sessions will start in the morning at 9:30 and run until 12 noon.  Venue details as well as agendas and supporting materials will be communicated shortly. 

·       Toronto – Tuesday September 24

·       Montreal – Friday, September 27

·       Ottawa – Tuesday, October 1

·       Halifax – Thursday, October 3

·       Saskatoon – Monday, October 7

·       Vancouver – Friday, October 11

If you are unable to attend the face-to-face session, you can still provide participate by attending one of several online sessions we will schedule at the completion of the face-to-face meetings.    You can also provide comments and input to the process by email to info@engagedri.ca or stay informed by visiting www.engagedri.cafor further information and updates on the implementation of this initiative.   

Community engagement is critical for the successful implementation of a researcher-focused DRI ecosystem in Canada.  We look forward to your participation and input in this important engagement process.   

Yours sincerely, 

Lori MacMullen

Chair, Applicant Board (NDRIO) and Executive Director, Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO)


Update on the Data Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution Program

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Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the steering group for the development of the proposal for Digital Research Infrastructure Contribution program I am pleased to provide you with an update on the progress made since the proposal was submitted.   

The federal Minister of Science approved funding of up to $375 million towards the establishment of a new not for profit organization to coordinate funding and strategic directions for national activities related to: research data management; advanced research computing, and research software.  

To that end, an applicant board has been established to undertake the work necessary to incorporate the new organization, including ongoing community consultations to address a number of outstanding governance issues prior to the establishment of the inaugural board in the new year.   

We would like to thank the following individuals for agreeing to form the applicant board for this very important initiative.    

  • Dr. Guillaume Bourque, Director of the Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics, Professor, Human Genetics, McGill University,
  • Ms. Barbara Kieley, ICD.D, Retired Partner Ernst & Young focus onpublic sector digital service transformation projects,
  • Mr. Peter MacKinnon OC, QC, President Emeritus of the University of Saskatchewan, and former interim president of Dalhousie University and Athabasca University, and; 
  • Ms. Lori MacMullen, Executive Director, Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO).  

A consultation plan is currently under development with in person and electronic consultations across the country starting in September.   Building on the feedback received during the development of the proposal these consultations will address a number of the key outstanding governance issues including membership and board composition for the new organization.     

During this phase of the work, the applicant board will continue to use the engagedri.ca web site to post information and updates.  They will also continue to receive input and questions through info@engagedri.ca.   

On behalf of the steering group we look forward to supporting the work of the applicant board as they continue the engagement with the community to ensure a researcher-focused DRI ecosystem in Canada.   

Sincerely

Gail Murphy

Proposed Organization Funded

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As the Steering Group for the proposal submitted in response to the Canadian government’s call for a new not-for-profit organization to support the compute, data and software needs of Canadian researchers, we are pleased to announce the Minister of Science has approved the funding for the organization described in the proposal. The announcement, with new details, can be found here.
We are in the process of incorporating the new organization and will announce the members of the applicant board shortly.  The applicant board will engage with the community in the fall of 2019 to finalize details for the governance of the new organization.   More details on this work will be shared through this website and email communications.    We look forward to continued engagement with the community to build a researcher-focused digital research infrastructure ecosystem for Canadian researchers.

Sincerely,

Proposal Steering Group

Guillaume Bourque, Director, Canadian Center for Computational Genomics and Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics, McGill University
Rafik Goubran, Vice-President Research and International and Professor in Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
Lori MacMullen, Executive Director, Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers and former CIO, University of New Brunswick
Gail Murphy, Vice-President Research and Innovation and Professor of Computer Science, University of British Columbia

Final Proposal as Submitted

The final proposal was submitted to ISED on May 6.   A summary of the themes and highlights drawn from the community’s input is still being developed and will be posted as soon as it is complete.

An advisory group, made up of Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, Dr. Mona Nemer, Dr. Andrew Bjerring, and Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri was struck to provide advice to ISED on the evaluation of the proposal.  The steering group met with the members of the advisory group on May 14th to discuss the details of the proposal and answer their questions.

Although a specific date was not provided, we anticipate that the evaluation process will be completed by early to mid June with a decision to follow.  As the process unfolds, we will continue to keep the community up to date through posts to this site and as needed by email.

We look forward to the next step toward building a researcher-focused digital research infrastructure ecosystem for Canadian researchers.

Proposal Received by ISED

The proposal was submitted to ISED on Monday May 6 as required.   We want to thank the community for your input and comments during the development of the proposal.   We received comments from 55 individuals and organizations between April 20 and May 3rd and were also pleased to receive 30 letters of support from individuals, institutions, discipline specific research communities, research associations and other community based organizations.  The community came together to inform and  support the process despite the short time lines—a significant achievement that reflects the capacity of the community to work together.

The full proposal (without support letters), along with the summary of key themes from the community input will be posted later this week or early next.   In the meantime, if you have any question or would like to provide additional input please feel free to do so through info@engagedri.ca.

Complete Proposal for Comment

A complete draft proposal is available for comment. Comments must be received at info@engagedri.ca by end of day Friday, May 3.

We thank the community for comments received to date. We are processing the comments on sections A), B) and C) and will be incorporating themes as best as possible before the final proposal to ISED due on Monday, May 6.   

The appendices provide further details on several sections and remain under development and/or require clarification from ISED.  They will be posted as part of the complete proposal package on Monday, May 6.     

Proposed Implementation, Collaboration and Engagement Content

The call for proposals requires applicants to respond to three specific areas of focus for the new Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) organization: implementation, collaboration and engagement, and governance and management.  The steering group would like to thank everyone who provided comments on the governance options and would now like to invite comments on the implementation, collaboration and engagement content.  The proposed executive summary is provided for information as it is will not be assessed as part of the proposal.
The draft of the implementation, engagement and collaboration sections of the proposal is also linked from the Documents page.
We remind the community of the tight timeline for this proposal and invite comments on the proposed content by email to info@engagedri.ca by end of day Tuesday, April 30.  The final complete proposal will be posted for comment by the community on May 1.
Please watch EngageDRI.ca  for updates.  Comments can be sent to info@engagedri.ca in either official language.

We look forward to your comments as we work towards producing a proposal that reflects the needs of the Canadian research community.

Proposed Governance Options

Two options for governance of the new organization are proposed for comment.

We remind the community of the tight timeline for this proposal and invite comments by email to info@engagedri.ca by Friday, April 26, 2019.   

The release of the call was on April 6, 2019, with the final submission proposal due May 6, 2019. The call can be found here:  http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/136.nsf/eng/home.  

The call for proposals requires applicants to respond to three specific areas of focus for the new Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) organization: implementation, collaboration and engagement, and governance and management.  The posted draft relates only to the required section on governance and management.  The remaining sections are under development and will be posted as soon as they are ready to allow comment by the community.  The final complete proposal will also be posted for comment by the community. 

The governance draft is available here and includes contextual information regarding the level of detail needed in the proposal and areas in which comments are particularly sought. We welcome your input as described above and in the posted draft.