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Nov. 28, 2017

The Laurier Library has undertaken a long-term research data services collaboration with Northern Water Futures (NWF), a Northwest Territories-focused water resiliency research project led by Laurier scholars. NWF is funded in part by the $78 million Global Water Futures (GWF) research program.

“We feel it’s very natural that the Library has become a critical stakeholder in NWF, given its ability to provide a system-wide approach to research data services for Laurier's broader GWF research program,” said Michael Steeleworthy, librarian and coordinator of Research Data Services. “This NWF collaboration represents the Library's continued growth in research data services.”

GWF examines the management of water resources in the Canadian north, where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment.

In collaboration with university's Office of Research Services, the Library has hired a data manager, Gopal Saha, who will steward thousands of research data files from dozens of sites in the Northwest Territories over the course of seven years, including hydrometeorological data, survey data, and drone and satellite imagery.

Working with the Laurier Library's coordinator of research data services, Saha will participate in data management planning, data ingest and cleaning, as well as archiving and training of highly qualified personnel (HQP) affiliated with all program's investigators.

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