Author: NB-IRDT Staff
Posted on 19 Mar 2021
In March 2020, the Saint John Research Data Centre officially opened its doors. While we had to close them again two weeks later in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this anniversary can still provide an opportunity for some reflection. With the RDC’s opening, this marked an event virtually unique in Canada: a Statistics Canada facility operating in the same location as a provincial data centre. The Saint John RDC shares staff, space, and infrastructure with NB-IRDT—two days a week researchers can access Statistics Canada data products through the RDC secure network. On two of the remaining days, researchers can access Government of New Brunswick administrative data through the NB-IRDT’s separate secure network.
The shared space experiment has been a definitive success. Since our re-opening in July, nine different research teams have accessed either the NB-IRDT or RDC secure networks to advance their projects:
If you’d like to know more about Statistics Canada’s Research Data centres, please visit the Canadian Research Data Centre Network’s website.