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Research Data Management

What is Sensitive Research Data?

Sensitive Research Data is information that must be safeguarded against unwarranted access or disclosure, and may include:

  •  Personal information
  • Personal health information
  • Educational records
  • Customer records
  • Financial information
  • Criminal information
  • Geographic information
  • Confidential personnel information
  • Information that is deemed to be confidential; information entrusted to a person, organization or entity with the intent that it be kept private and access be controlled or restricted.
  • Information that is protected by institutional policy from unauthorized access

Research Ethics At CBU

Indigenous Data Management

As a university dedicated to Indigenous post-secondary education, we want to make special note on data sovereignty for Indigenous Data. We recognize that the First Nations Information Governance Center’s principles of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) of research data collection is owned and controlled by First Nations. (

The Tri Agencies have specific language in the new Data Management Policy, in relation to Indigenous Data. CBU recommends that researchers follow these practices for all research by and with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, collectives and organizations as well as the TCPS 2, chapter 9: Research involving the First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples of Canada.

Regarding Data Management plans: “For research conducted by and with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, collectives and organizations, DMPs must be co-developed with these communities, collectives and organizations, in accordance with RDM principles or DMP formats that they accept. DMPs in the context of research by and with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, collectives and organizations should recognize Indigenous data sovereignty and include options for renegotiation of the DMP.” ( )