The CODATA member organisation for Canada is the Canadian National Committee for CODATA (CNC/CODATA) / Comité national canadien pour CODATA.

National Committee

CNC/CODATA is a committee sponsored by NRC Knowledge Management, part of the National Research Council Canada (NRC) / Conseil national de recherches Canada (CNRC).

The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier organization for research and development.

Main Contacts

Ms Mary Zborowski
(Executive Secretary)


National Research Council Canada
1200 Montreal Road
Bldg. M-55, Room 245-1
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Telephone: 613-993-9184
Fax: 613-952-9112
Email: Mary.Zborowski(at)

Mr. Robert Branton
(Current Chair, until Dec. 31, 2015)


Retired Director of Data Management
Ocean Tracking Network
Dalhousie University
6050 University Ave
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 1W5
Telephone: +1-902-225-5447
Email: Bob.Branton(at)

Mr. Ernie Boyko
(Chair Elect, effective Jan.1, 2016)


Adjunct Data Librarian
Library Data Centre
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
Telephone: 613-594-8059
Email: BoykErn(at)


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Data Issues and activities in Canada

  • Dealing with research data management issues from a national perspective
  • Bottom up acceptance by researchers of culture aimed at free and open access to data
  • Institution based approach to construction of research data management services & infrastructure
  • Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration particularly between natural and social sciences  
  • Stimulating interest of early career scientists

Recent highlights

  • Annual meetings of committee, Oct. 2014 and Oct. 2015
  • Virtual meetings (teleconferences), in spring of 2014 and 2015
  • New National Website, realized in 2014

Future activities and events

  • Nov. 23-24, 2015: ‘Data Accessibility Benchmark Organizational Self-Assessment Webinar’, coproduced by and
  • Soon to advertize for Sangster Award 2016 (student award, for travel to the next CODATA conference in 2016)
  • Spring teleconference 2016 planned
  • Sept. 30, 2016: Committee meeting planned

Past Achievements

  • Annual meetings of committee, Oct. 2013
  • Virtual meetings (teleconferences), in spring of 2012 and 2013

Read more

CNC/CODATA: Website in English / Site web en français

National Committee (Full Membership)