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McMaster Research Data Management Needs Survey

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To better support research at McMaster, the Research Data Management Institutional Strategy Working Group invites you to complete this survey, which seeks to understand present and future Research Data Management (RDM) practices, challenges, and needs within the institution. Your feedback will inform McMaster’s RDM Institutional Strategy, which is being developed to meet requirements of the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy.

What are Research Data and Research Data Management?

From the Tri-Agency RDM Policy, FAQs:

Research data management refers to the processes applied through the lifecycle of a research project to guide the collection, documentation, storage, sharing and preservation of research data. Research data are data used as primary sources to support technical or scientific enquiry, research, scholarship, or creative practice, and that are used as evidence in the research process and/or are commonly accepted in the research community as necessary to validate research findings and results”.

Research data are created within all disciplines of study, may be quantitative and/or qualitative in nature, and can consist of experimental data, observational data, operational data, third party data, public sector data, monitoring data, processed data, or repurposed data. See the Tri-Agency FAQs for more information.

Who should complete this survey?

All faculty, staff, and graduate students conducting research at McMaster are invited to participate.

How will responses be managed and used?

Responses to this survey are anonymous. Summarized results will be shared with the McMaster research community via the Institutional Strategy Working Group homepage. Findings from the Working Group's analyses will be incorporated into a draft RDM Institutional Strategy, which will be submitted to the Research Information Technology Committee prior to broader engagement with and review by the McMaster research community.

Should you have any questions about this survey, services offered at McMaster, or the Working Group, please contact for more information.



This survey will ask how you work with research data, how you share your data, your awareness of funding mandates for research data management, and basic demographic questions about your professional status. The estimated time to complete the survey is approximately 15 minutes. We would appreciate your response by December 17th, 2021.

There are 20 questions in this survey.