We are pleased to announce that we’ve been named as one of the participants in the National Research Council’s DataCite Canada pilot project.

Research data are an important part of Canada’s scientific record. Currently, huge amounts of data are inaccessible or at risk of being lost altogether. As a result, researchers are missing out on the opportunity to re-use and build upon this existing research.

To address these issues and make it easier for researchers to access, share and manage their data, NRC’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) is establishing DataCite Canada, a central registration centre for Canadian research data sets.

Wendy Watkins, data librarian and manager of Carleton University's Library Data Centre, is pleased to participate in the pilot because, besides many other social science datasets, the centre holds the only copies of the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation research data collection and is now starting to process it and its metadata to ensure future use.

To view the NRC press release about the pilot project, please go to: http://cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/services/cisti/datacite-canada/news/2011-06-09-pilot-participants.html.