Canadian Digital Research Infrastructure Needs Assessment

On October 22, we launched the first Canadian Digital Research Infrastructure Needs Assessment process to help identify and address digital research infrastructure (DRI) and service requirements for the future. 

The purpose of this nation-wide exercise is two-fold: 

  1. Prioritize and direct the development of tools and technologies that will support cutting-edge research in Canada;
  2. Determine and address Canadian researchers’ current and future needs related to a Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem.

Through this comprehensive consultation process, NDRIO will seek input from the Canadian research community to inform its 2022 – 2025 Strategic Plan supporting a single and unified vision of the highest DRI priorities.

Strategic Planning Process

This video, a VoiceOver from CEO, Nizar Ladak, explains the conceptual framework for the entire Canadian Digital Research Infrastructure Needs Assessment. 

It also includes key information on dates, key deliverables and project sequencing. 

Consultation and Input Opportunities 

Step 1: Call for White Papers on Canada’s Future DRI Ecosystem (Complete)

We sought White Papers (maximum of 5 pages) that described individual perspectives on current challenges accessing DRI tools, services and support; the ideal future state of DRI in Canada; and how NDRIO could achieve such a state. Thank you to all that submitted a White Paper.

White Paper Submissions

Step 2: Call for Current Documentation (Complete)

We invited Canadian research institutes and organizations to share existing documentation (e.g. strategic plans, roadmaps, position papers, etc.) on the current and future state of advanced research computing, research data management and research software. This input is crucial to ensuring the priorities and plans of Canada’s broader DRI community are reflected and incorporated into the assessment process. We appreciate all of the submissions that were shared with us.

Step 3: Online Survey (Complete)

We shared a nation-wide survey with the broader Canadian research community to understand their unique, individual needs relating to DRI. We deeply value the perspectives of all those who responded.

Step 4: Virtual Town Hall Discussions (Registration Now Open)

Between May 4 and 7, we will host a series of Virtual Town Halls for researchers in Canada to validate findings collected to date on current and future DRI needs. Registration is open until April 30. Further event details and registration information are located here.

Over the last four months, NDRIO has conducted an extensive consultation to understand the needs of the Canadian research community, in relation to access and use of digital research infrastructure (DRI). This included a Call for White Papers and Current Documentation, followed by a survey that recently closed. The research community showed strong engagement with this consultation, and submitted 107 White Papers, 20 documents, and over 1,400 responses to the survey.

Together, this information will help NDRIO develop and deliver a truly researcher service that responds to the rapidly growing needs of Canadian researchers. 

In keeping with our core values, NDRIO will present the initial findings from this consultation with the research community for validation and transparency. The Virtual Town Halls will also serve as a venue for further feedback helping us to ensure all voices have an opportunity to be heard as NDRIO establishes a Funding and Service Delivery Model that advances research excellence across disciplines.

Step 5: Report Review

For further project and consultation details, please contact us at research_​recherche@​EngageDRI.​ca.