U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities
David Moorman is recently appointed Senior Policy Advisor to the Executive Director at the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, David Moorman is a science policy expert with over twenty years of experience working for Government of Canada research granting agencies, including positions as the Director, Policy and Planning and Senior Advisor at the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Senior Policy Advisor at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Moorman has extensive experience developing and implementing S&T policies. As the CFI's Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement, Dr. Moorman assisted with the development and planning of new research infrastructure support programs and related policies. Dr. Moorman was specifically responsible for the drafting of strategic plans, conducting community consultations, developing implementation strategies, as well as drafting corporate plans, and a variety of policy statements. He also advised the CFI senior management team on broader S&T policy issues, recent developments in science and new directions in research funding programs, both domestic and international. Dr. Moorman represented the CFI in various fora, both domestic and international, and organized a number of conferences, workshops, and consultations. Dr. Moorman holds a Ph.D in Canadian History from the University of Ottawa. He has extensive experience in international S&T affairs, including working with the OECD, various national research support agencies and with the European Commission on common issues related to science policy and research support programs.
Sustaining research data infrastructures is crucial for today's research enterprise if they are to contribute to addressing societal challenges. And while they face many of the same sustainability risks as other forms of research infrastructure, they also face some that are unique and particularly difficult to overcome. Creating national institutional structures and operational models often requires a political dimension that calls for compromise and competition for resources. Data regulations and evolving policies introduce complications and seemingly insurmountable barriers to access and interoperability, and the contending forces of technological depreciation and innovation create a rapidly changing ecosystem where the ability to meet the needs of researchers is a constant struggle. This address will explore some of these risks, specifically in the Canadian context, where the dynamics of politics, regulation and technological change have shape Canada's digital infrastructure strategy and its effectiveness in managing, curating and providing access to vital research data resources.
Presenter at workshop: 2020-12