Policy for Scientific Data

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Within this document the following definitions will prevail:

are qualitative or quantitative values that characterize either the environment, organisms living in the environment or human activities relating to environmental resources. Data can either be obtained through direct measurement or be derived from other Data for example numerical modelling output. It is understood that “Data” and “Scientific Data” in the context of this document are the same.
Data Management
comprises all the disciplines related to the development, execution and supervision of plans, policies, programs and practices that validate, control, protect, deliver and enhance the value of Data. This is a shared responsibility between DFO Science for Data collection, generation, assembly, transformation (content management responsibility) and stewardship, and organizations charged to provide the systems and services that enable management of Data and Metadata such as storage, applications, access and preservation in a commonly agree organizational framework.
Data Node
is taken to mean an entity within DFO comprising an organization and staff dedicated to the functions of Data content management and having access to the necessary infrastructures and services to perform these functions. There may be specialized Data Nodes that address a specific domain.
Managed Data Repository
is a system under the care and control of a Data Node for storing and managing Data and Metadata of a given type.
is contextual information needed to identify, find, cite and properly understand the Data. It includes information on authors, the programs under which the Data was collected, contact for further information, the location where the Data can be found, description of how the Data is organized and formatted, the methods by which the Data was obtained as well as the units, precisions and accuracy of the Data.
refers to the organization in DFO responsible for conducting scientific activities. It includes the Ecosystems and Oceans Science (EOS) sector, the organizations under the Regional Directors of Science, or any other bodies that hold similar responsibilities as the DFO organization evolves.

Policy Statement


The objective of this policy is to ensure the safeguard of scientific Data holdings and to maximise the usefulness of Data through interconnectivity, accessibility and adherence to standards.

Expected Results

The outcomes of this policy are:

  • secure Data now and in future,
  • interconnected and interoperable Data;
  • useful Data discoverable and accessible through standard means; and
  • cost effective Data management.

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