Gratefully acknowledging that we live, work and learn on the unceded traditional territory of the Lheidli T'enneh.
The town halls are being conducted by the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) ̶ a national not-for-profit organization funded by the federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. As background, NDIRO was created in 2020 to harmonize and improve access to digital tools and services for Canadian researchers. They will coordinate and fund activities in advanced research computing (ARC), research data management (RDM) and research software (RS) components of the data research infrastructure (DRI) strategy.
Developments under consideration by NDRIO could have a negative or positive impact on First Nations data sovereignty. First Nations participation in the town halls will help alert NDRIO to the implications of new digital tools and services to the First Nations Principles of OCAP®. The participants will have an opportunity to share their insights and concerns with NDRIO as they consider what activities to prioritize and how to structure its operations.
The town halls will be held between May 4-7, 2021 and will be in English and French in separate meetings. Further information and registration links are available at this website: https://engagedri.ca/canadian-digital-research-infrastructure-needs-assessment/virtual-town-halls. Registration is only open until April 30, 2021.
For your information, FNIGC is participating in its technical capacity on the NDRIO Data Management Working Group, which is analyzing the state of digital research infrastructure, gathering ideas and suggestions for possible improvements, and helping to inform the development of NDRIO’s strategic plans. The FNIGC submitted a paper to NDRIO about issues that may concern First Nations respecting the need for collaboration and co-development with First Nations on the digital research infrastructure. That document is available at https://engagedri.ca/assets/documents/whitepapers/The-Need-for-First-Nations-Collaboration-and-Co-development-in-Digital-Research-Infrastructure-DRI.pdf
Topics to be discussed at the town halls include:
May 4 - Awareness and Accessibility:
May 5 - Governance and Policy:
May 6 - Operations:
May 7 - Support:
Please contact NDRIO-NOIRN@EngageDRI.ca if you have any questions.
Jonathan Dewar, PhD
Chief Executive Officer | Chef de la direction
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