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Canadian Association of Research Libraries

CARL Submission to 2018 Pre-Budget Consultations

August 24, 2017

Earlier this month, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2018 Federal Budget.

The CARL submission includes three recommendations that focus “on measures to advance innovation and help Canadian institutions be more productive.”

  1. In accordance with recommendations from the Leadership Council on Digital Research Infrastructure, invest for the next five years (2018-2022) in building national research data management (RDM) infrastructure. This advances innovation in Canada and strengthens Canada’s contribution to the global advancement of science and knowledge. The required annual investment for RDM is $5M growing to $10M per year over the five years.
  2. Invest $30M over the next five years (2018-2022) to support a coordinated national initiative to digitize Canada’s rich documentary heritage, and to build the digital infrastructure required to make this material available to all Canadians.
  3. Invest $2M annually for the next five years (2018-2022) to support and extend the Federal Science Library as part of Canada’s open science commitment. This will enable federal researchers to gain access to the latest global information resources and research developments and will showcase Canadian science to the world. It will also help to build the framework for a national collaborative data sharing network that will benefit all of Canada.

The full submission is available from the CARL website.

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