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Committees

This committee oversees all activities of the national chapter in Canada. These include the priorities and outputs of its Working Groups (see below), growth in membership and partnership in the country, and the annual Reconnect Canada national conference. While delegating membership and events activities to its sub-committees the CA Steering Committee is directly responsible for partnerships development with key funders in the country and commercial entities (publishers and software vendors) active in the Canadian market.

Welcome to the Admin Burden in Canada (ABC) initiative. ABC is a initiative led by the Canadian chapter of CASRAI with national partners CARA, CAUBO, CAGS, CARL, CAREB, and Polytechnics Canada with the goal of reducing undue administrative burden within the Canadian research life-cycle. 

This committee oversees all activities of the national chapter in the United Kingdom. These include the priorities and outputs of its Working Groups (see below), growth in membership and partnership in the country, and the annual Reconnect UK national conference. While delegating membership and events activities to its sub-committees the UK Steering Committee is directly responsible for partnerships development with key funders in the country and commercial entities (publishers and software vendors) active in the UK market.

Welcome to the CRediT community of interest. CRediT brings together a diverse set of stakeholders wanting to better understand and communicate the different kinds of contributor roles in research outputs.

Working Groups

The International Research Data Management Glossary (IRiDiuM) is meant to be a practical reference for individuals and working groups concerned with the improvement of research data management, and as a meeting place for further discussion and development of terms. The aim is to create a stable and sustainably governed glossary of community accepted terms and definitions, and to keep it relevant by maintaining it as a ‘living document’ that is updated when necessary.

Open access to publications is a key component of the modern research ecosystem, but the international community lacks a clear and unambiguous shared understanding of the key terminology. Several possible inputs exist but need cross reference, and any gaps of confusion should be addressed. This activity would identify a subset of open access terms that are currently causing the most confusion and, through a diverse Working Group of international subject experts, develop agreed definitions for the CASRAI dictionary.

This Working Group (WG) will document how UK universities are currently collecting impact information in their various local software solutions, including commercial and in-house systems and spreadsheets. The WG will also document the various impact reporting information requirements of the UK funders, including REF2014 (the next REF likely to be reasonably similar) and the Researchfish tool. Once we have the above landscape overview the next cycle of work will be to recommend how to move to standardise/harmonise the divergent information requirements.

The CASRAI-UK community has identified a number of issues related to the lack of an accurate and consistent way to classify researchers and scholars by the stage they are at in their career. There is fragmentation in this level of information - across research institutions, research funders, disciplines and countries. In short, how does the community denote ‘research age’? This classification is needed in multiple stages of research information collection: eligibility for funding opportunities, Athena Swan and the Race and Equality Charter Mark.

Archived Working Groups

A Canadian stakeholder working group to advance a Canadian consortium of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). The working group’s goal will be to investigate and develop a national business case for a Canadian consortium, and to consider an adoption plan for persistent digital identifiers for researchers. The stakeholders include higher education institutions, researchers, research libraries, museums, consortia for research networks, computing, and content management, funders, publishers, software developers and nonprofit organizations.