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Building Campus Strategies for Coordinated Data Support

Ithaka S+R

CAC joins Queen's in new project dedicated to coordinated data support services

Researchers are producing unprecedented amounts of data and data intensive research is growing rapidly across disciplines. Research data support services offered at universities are often siloed, which can cause inefficient duplication of services and significant gaps in programming and support. As a result, there is a need to develop a strategic, unified approach to providing data support services to ensure researchers have access to the tools and resources they need.

To address these challenges, we are pleased to announce that the Centre for Advanced Computing at Queen’s University is amongst the institutional partners participating in Ithaka S+R’s initiative, “Building Campus Strategies for Coordinated Data Support,” a cohort-based project with 29 universities across Canada and the US. This two-year initiative will support the Queen’s research community through several deliverables that aim to ensure the future viability of research data support services in the following ways:

  • Catalogue and analyze the research data services currently offered locally 
  • Investigate the experiences of faculty and students in navigating and accessing existing research data services at Queen’s and identify current barriers and gaps 
  • Build tools to assist researchers in navigating existing research data services 
  • Develop strategic plans for better coordination of current and future services 

In addition, the project will contribute to developing an international benchmarking dataset on current data support services, which will in turn inform our own strategic planning processes. This project aligns with the University’s Strategic Goals to inspire research excellence and advance social impact and sustainability; enhance research and teaching integration; and strengthen the University’s impact on a global scale.

Watch for project updates on progress and for an invitation to members of the Queen’s community participate in interviews to help the implementation committee better understand researcher experiences with current research data services and identify additional support requirements.

We are delighted to have assembled a project team and steering committee with stakeholders from across the University. We would like to thank the Queen’s University Library for funding this initiative.

For questions about the project, please reach out to

Project team members include

Meghan Goodchild, Principal Investigator (Queen’s University Library) 

Alexandra Cooper (Queen’s University Library) 

Elise Degen (Centre for Advanced Computing) 

Rebecca Pero (Vice-Principal Research Portfolio) 

Nevil Silverius (Centre for Advanced Computing) 

Steering committee members include

Mark Asberg (Vice-Provost and University Librarian)

Sandra Morden, Head of Digital Initiatives and Open Scholarship, Queen’s University Library

Betsy Donald (Associate Vice-Principal Research)

Nicole Hunniford (Executive Director, Finance & Administration, Vice-Principal Research / Interim Director, Advanced Research Computing)

Kent Novakowski (Associate Vice-Principal Research)

About Ithaka S+R

Ithaka S+R is a non-profit organization that offers research and consulting services to libraries, publishers, scholarly societies, universities, and other non-profit organizations, and produces public research reports to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.

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