Collections Development Policy
1.0 Scope & Purpose
2.0 Acceptable Content
The Service accepts for deposit collections of research data or datasets. Research data are data that are used as primary sources to support scholarly activity or validate research findings. A dataset is a self-contained collection of data together with its documentation (hereafter: “Content”) that can be understood and utilized without reference to other materials, and may come from any and all domains or subject areas.
Content must be submitted in a publishable state. It is expected that Content will be drawn from completed projects, or from a completed phase of an ongoing project that is of independent interest.
3.0 Formats and Language
Non-proprietary, publicly-documented formats are preferred. Non-proprietary or proprietary formats that are de facto standards in particular fields, or that are widely supported by multiple tools, will also be accepted. Instances where it is not possible to convert the data into one of the above two options will be considered case-by-case. We encourage Submitters to provide any available analysis scripts or code that will aid in reproducibility or further analysis.
Content may be in any language, although curation support will only be offered in Canada’s two official languages, English and French. There must be enough information in English or French to fill out the required descriptive metadata fields.
4.0 Content with Sensitivities
5.0 Implementation and Revision
This Policy enters into force on the date of its adoption. It will be reviewed by the FRDR Steering Committee every two years or at any time, as required.
Last Revised: 2020-12-11