Jeremy Geelen, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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27 Feb 2021

Jeremy Geelen, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Jeremy joined TAB in October 2019. He is a senior advisor at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), where he works to develop, implement and support policies and initiatives related to open science and research data sharing, such as the CIHR Health Research and Health-Related Data Framework and Action Plan, the forthcoming Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy, and as found in the open science commitments in the CIHR Strategic Plan 2021-2031.

What is your history with the RDA and what impact has it had on you?

My first exposure to the RDA began by attending the 4th Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, in September 2014. Though I found the Plenary immensely rewarding, I couldn’t attend another until the 10th Plenary Meeting, in Montreal in September 2017. At that Plenary I co-hosted a BoF that, a couple years later, would lead to the creation of the Research Funders and Stakeholders on Open Research and Data Management Policies and Practices Interest Group, which I currently co-chair. RDA has been key to broadening and deepening my understanding of the issues, challenges and possibilities of building a research ecosystem where data are shared and reused across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society. Engagement in RDA has been indispensable to my work as a policy maker/research funder.

What do you feel you bring to TAB and what is your experience so far in being a member?

My involvement in TAB has been a very positive experience. One of TAB’s strengths is the diversity of perspectives and professional roles that people bring to the group. I believe that my “research funder” perspective adds value to the group.

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