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Budget 2018 and Digital Research Infrastructure

Statement from Feridun Hamdullahpur, Chair
Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

“On behalf of the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure (LCDRI), I would like to thank the Government of Canada for its tremendous leadership in supporting Canada’s academic research community through an investment of $572.5M in Budget 2018.

To ensure that Canadian researchers are able to exploit and realize the unprecedented social and economic potential that new digital technologies and data-rich environments offer, they must have access to a strong, agile, and sustainable digital research infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem that supports the data and computation-intensive research that is required for knowledge creation in this digital age. This includes support for advanced research computing, advanced research software, data management, network, and storage that can be accessed by researchers across disciplines and throughout Canada. The federal government’s investment in a new Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy will strengthen this essential DRI ecosystem and allow Canada’s researchers to help drive Canada’s future success and global competitiveness.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Minister of Science for the confidence that she showed in our community by supporting us to undertake a critical community-based process to help inform important future decisions relating to Canada’s DRI ecosystem and we look forward to continuing to work with her team on this very important file for Canada”.