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Research Data Management Day 2013: Data Management Day 2013

Data Management Day 2013

The University of Waterloo Library, in collaboration with the Polar Data Catalogue, is hosting the 2nd annual “Data Management Day”. Occurring during Open Access Week, its purpose is to raise awareness and discuss the issues surrounding the discovery, access and preservation of data.

Join us for a morning of lively presentations from researchers across various fields of study, and at different stages of data storage planning. We will explore the unique issues facing researchers today as they decide where, how, and what data to store.

When: October 24, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • Registration and coffee service starts at 8:30 a. m.

Location: DC 1302


While this event is free and open to the uWaterloo community, advance registration is recommended.

Register online at You may also register by contacting Rachel McNeil at extension 33214 or

Speaker information

John  E. Thompson, BSA, PhD, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry 

Dr. John E. Thompson received a B.S.A. from University of Toronto in 1963 and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 1966. After graduation, Dr. Thompson took up a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham, England. In 1968 he was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Biology Department of the University of Waterloo. His career at the University of Waterloo progressed to include promotion to Associate Professor in 1972 and to Professor in 1976. In 1987, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Thompson served as Chair of the Department of Biology at Waterloo from 1980 to 1986 and as Dean of Science from 1990 to 2001. He is currently Associate Vice-President, Research at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on programmed cell death. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and in 2005 was named to the ISI list of most cited researchers.

Julie Friddell

Manager of the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN) and the Polar Data Catalogue (PDC), Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo.  Over the past 2 decades, CCIN and the PDC have been working with Canadian and international scientists to manage, archive, and serve online the data and information from their research projects in Canada's coldest places.

Carl Haas, PEng, PE, PhD, FCAE, FASCE, FNAC

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Construction and Management of Sustainable Infrastructure and a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada.  His research, teaching and consulting are in the areas of advanced construction and transportation technology, sustainability, and construction productivity.  He has received several research and teaching awards.  He has supervised 31 PhD students to completion, and has well over 275 publications including over 110 refereed journal articles.  He serves on a number of editorial boards and professional committees as well.  His research has been supported by numerous companies including: Coreworx, SNC Lavalin, Aecon, KLA Tencor, OPG, GSE&C, Software Innovation, Dupont, Hilti, Houston Lighting and Power, Fluor, Crafco, EPRI, the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and their member companies, as well as agencies such as NSERC, MTO, NSF, TxDOT, CRC, etc. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the ASCE. He was elected to the US National Academy of Construction in 2013.

Adam Saunders

University of Waterloo Geomatics undergraduate student, climate model research assistant, and co-founder of a location intelligence technology company. On a daily basis, Adam interacts with large amounts of data ranging from climate model simulations to demographic and open municipality data.



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Coffee will be served


 9:00 a.m. –  9:15 a.m.

K. Mark Haslett, University Librarian, University of Waterloo

Pascal Calarco, Associate University Librarian, Digital & Discovery Services, University of Waterloo

Guest speakers

 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

John Thompson, Associate Vice President, Research Operations, University of Waterloo

 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Building a Polar Data Repository for Canada

Julie Friddell, Manager, Canadian Cryspheric Information Network, University of Waterloo

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee break

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Carl Haas, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Modelling the climate: a data management view

Adam Saunders, Climate Model Research Assistant and co-founder of a local intelligence technology company

11:30 a.m. Wrap-up