Charles Humphrey

University of Alberta


Dr. Humphrey is the Head of the Data Library and the Academic Director of the Research Data Centre at the University of Alberta. He has over twenty years of experience providing data services on his campus. In the early 1990s, he served a four-year term on the governing council of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and since 1996, he has been a member and co-chair of the Statistics Canada External Advisory Committee for the Data Liberation Initiative. He served on the Data and Information Systems Panel of the Canadian Global Change Program from 1990 to 1996 and helped author the report, "Data Policy and Barriers to Data Access in Canada: issues for global change research." More recently, he was a contributing member of the National Data Archive Consultation, commissioned by the National Archives of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the National Consultation on Access to Scientific Research Data, a task force of the National Research Council, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Chuck also sits as a member of the National Data Committee of the Canadian Metropolis Project and is a member of the interdisciplinary research team for Knowledge Utilization and Policy Implementation. He was President of the International Association of Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) from 1991 to 1995. In 2000, he received the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship.