Understanding policies and principles regarding our network

Network and Sustainability

The network and sustainability strategy aims to engage the entire ecosystem to support the goals and sustainability of DHDP.

The network and sustainability strategies will ensure that the DHDP leverages the skills and resources of the entire ecosystem to support the growth of new companies, leverage health data, scale-up efforts, and foster talent creation. The strategy will be developed in compliance with the DHDP governance and membership policies. The Network and Sustainability strategy will also establish core metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the administration of the Network and include a Sustainability Plan for five (5) years of continued Network operation after Strategic Innovation Fund funding ends. A key principle of the sustainability plan is to cover the cost of operating the DHDP by using a portion of the revenues generated through the use of the DHDP, partner engagement, other sources of funding and where applicable.

Frequently Asked Questions our Network and Sustainability Strategy

Who owns the IP on models developed using federated data?

The Commercialization Committee is tasked with developing a strategy that articulates clear policies on the creation, use and protection of any IP to maximize benefits to Canada. The policy shall further demonstrate value creation/retention, accessibility, and transparency by delineating appropriate licensing and royalty structures for different types of entities and project types (e.g., research projects vs. commercialization projects). We are relying on current mechanisms in place at each institution that have proven effective to manage licenses, royalties and commercialization, including but not limited to approvals by ethics review boards and offices of technology transfers. Underlying IP agreements will need to be in place before projects are funded. One such mechanism in place is the Imagia’s EVIDENS agreements organizing all aspects of data use, IP management and commercialization.

Will DHDP be charging researchers for the compute time they use on the nodes?

So far, granting agencies and foundations have provided support to purchase the initial computing infrastructure. The DHDP Sustainability Committee will be responsible for developing strategies to support the goals and sustainability of the DHDP (including maintenance and expansion of the computing nodes). The committee will be responsible for developing a Sustainability Plan for five (5) years of Network operation after Strategic Innovation Fund funding ends with the intention to grow the platform.