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OTTAWA, Sept. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CANARIE today announced the selection of four successful projects from its recent Research Data Management funding call. This funding will allow research teams to work towards greater interoperability and integration of data platforms, repositories and services within Canadian and global digital research infrastructures. The projects also align with the National Data Services Framework and the FAIR Principles: an internationally recognized set of guiding principles for making data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

Through effective research data management (RDM), research data generated by a project is shared not only among researchers at that institution, but also among researchers across Canada and around the world. Software that reflects national and international best practices enables researchers to leverage a network of repositories that support the creation, curation, and preservation of data, so that current and future generations can find, access, reuse and manage them.

Each of the four selected projects:

  • align existing systems with national and international best practices in RDM;
  • improving existing repositories and systems to increase interoperability and facilitate the development of a federated national platform; and
  • integrate at least five existing but non-interoperable repositories/systems.

This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s $137 million investment in support of CANARIE’s 2020-2024 mandate.

“The ability to connect, share data and work collaboratively with researchers across Canada and around the world is a priority for our government,” said the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Today’s funding will help accelerate Canadian discoveries by making it easier for our researchers to find, access and reuse data with collaborators across the country and around the world.

Funded research teams:

iReceiver | Led by Dr. Mark Brockman, Simon Fraser University

iReceptor (originally developed as part of CANARIE’s research software program) helps researchers organize, store, share and analyze adaptive sequencing of the immune receptor repertoire (AIRR-seq) data, supporting progress immunotherapy and vaccine discovery that could lead to new treatments for COVID-19, cancer and autoimmune diseases.

New integrations: This project enhances the iReceptor platform by integrating new, highly complex data types that are essential to facilitate research on the immune response in health and disease. iReceptor will also provide researchers with access to other internationally recognized immunological and biological data sources, making the platform a valuable resource for more research projects.

As we learn more about the role of the immune system in various types of disease, the iReceptor platform helps define the best practices and standards needed to access and reuse immunology data more efficiently.

ClinDIG | Led by Dr. Michael Brudno, The Hospital for Sick Children and University Health Network; co-directed by Dr. Guillaume Bourque, McGill University and Dr. Steven Jones, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center of Canada

ClinDIG is an evolution of the CanDIG/CHORD platform (previously funded by CANARIE and CFI), a national project that enables the collaborative analysis of human health genomic data distributed across the country, allowing its data stewards full control complete and verifiable of their access.

New integrations: ClinDIG will integrate diverse genomic data with clinical health care records, medical imaging data, and longitudinal observations into a single framework, and federate this data across Canada’s National Education and Research Network. This work will significantly improve the fairness of current Canadian health research data and foster their impact internationally through collaborations with the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) and interoperability with data providers. international data and discovery networks.

The ability to discover datasets from a disparate and dispersed collection of health data providers is essential to health research and discovery. The ClinDIG platform will facilitate greater discovery of clinical data previously hidden in siled systems, while protecting the privacy of those to whom the data relates.

Brain-CODE FIM Research Portal | Dr. Kenneth R. Evans and Dr. Moyez Dharsee, Indoc Research

The platforms and tools designed by Indoc help medical research teams capture, manage, analyze and share research data.

New integrations: This project will enhance the platforms built by Indoc to create a patient data gateway to capture various types of data from research study participants in real-world settings, such as mobile or wearable devices. This data can be shared not only with the research teams, but also with the patients themselves, facilitating a more participatory research environment. The Patient Data Gateway will ensure the interoperability of multiple data types, systems, and features, and enable the linking of disparate data sources, while preserving individual privacy. Systems integrations will focus on a suite of national brain research databases, including Brain-CODE, FoRCE and the Virtual Wellness System.

As researchers and clinicians develop a better understanding of how complex biological systems work, there is a complementary need for systems that can facilitate the acquisition, analysis, and reuse of this complex data. Indoc’s expanded platform will improve Canadian researchers’ access to important sources of neurological data.

Life Data System Barcode and mBRAVE | Dr. Paul Hebert, The Center for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph

The International Barcode of Life Consortium (iBOL) is an alliance of 32 countries developing species identification systems based on short genetic sequences, DNA barcodes. These efforts rely heavily on the Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) and the mBRAVE platform to manage high-throughput sequencer outputs.

New integrations: This project will enhance the BOLD and mBRAVE platforms by integrating various data management best practices and also facilitate cross-publishing between currently separate global data repositories such as GenBank, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and the Catalog of Life. (Collar ).

These enhancements will support research and policy applications in taxonomy, ecology, environmental assessment and monitoring, biosafety and conservation, helping to improve research in such diverse areas. as agriculture, climate change and pandemics.

For more information contact:

Ela Yazdani
Director, Communications
[email protected] | 613-282-1584


CANARIE connects Canadians with each other and with the world. Our programs enable Canadian researchers, students and startups to excel on the world stage.

Together with our thirteen provincial and territorial partners, we form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This super-high-speed network connects Canada’s researchers, educators and innovators to each other and to global data, technologies and colleagues.

Beyond the network, we fund and promote software development for research and national efforts to manage research-generated data. To strengthen the security of the higher education sector in Canada, we work with our partners in NREN, government, academia and the private sector to fund, implement and support cybersecurity initiatives. We also provide identity management services to the academic community and boost Canadian startups with cloud resources and expertise in emerging technologies.

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