Research Data Management (RDM)

Definition: Processes applied throughout the lifecycle of a research project to guide the collection, documentation, storage, sharing, and preservation of research data.



Image: Steer Clear by Janelle Smith, submitted to the 2019 Images of Research Competition.
Good RDM practices improve research efficiency, support research integrity and replication, and enhance research visibility and impact.
These outcomes benefit researchers and their institutions, funders, and the research enterprise in Canada and internationally.


Developed in response to the Tri-agency Research Data Management Policy, the RDM Strategy provides a roadmap outlining how USask will support researchers at all levels in complying with funder and publisher data policies, conducting high-quality, responsible research, and applying best practices in RDM.

The next phase of the USask RDM evolution is to (1) develop a multi-year implementation strategy of the roadmap, (2) to coordinate existing RDM supports and their integration into the roadmap, and (3) to develop a system by which USask RDM supports can be monitored and improved as needed. To this end, we are pleased to announce that an RDM Coordinator, Ms. Colleen Cochran, has been hired and began in the role in November 2023. 

The RDM Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the success of this multi-year endeavour which includes the three above noted goals. She will be coordinating an RDM Working Group(s) comprised of colleagues across campus to assist in completing the recommendations outlined in the Strategy and Roadmap. A USask RDM Steering Committee has been formed and will provide oversight to the USask RDM Working Group(s) and Focus Groups, which are currently being formed as of January 2024.

This phase will include engagement with the USask community (faculty, staff, and students), via a number of different avenues. We understand that not everyone can participate in a working group, or focus group, due to numerous factors. We still want to hear from you! The USask Communities’ input on the future of Research Data Management is crucial. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to contact the RDM Coordinator (Ms. Colleen Cochran) with their questions, concerns, suggestions, and/or ideas. Please direct these comments to 

If you are interested in participating in a working group or future focus group, please direct your email to 

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