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Publication of Public Consultation Summary – Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy

Publication of Public Consultation Summary

From June to September 2018, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (the agencies) held an online consultation on the draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy.

This report summarizes the consultation feedback and, where warranted, clarifies the framing, scope and aims of the policy.

The agencies are making final revisions to the policy based on this consultation and other feedback. With an anticipated release in Spring 2020, the new policy will include a phased-in implementation aligned with the state of readiness of the Canadian research community.

Extension: Connection Grants – Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative

To help the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community better understand data management and incorporate data management considerations into research practices, SSHRC’s Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative offers Connection Grants to support the research community’s development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field.

SSHRC will fund at least 10 meritorious proposals per competition.

SSHRC is accepting applications for the Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative at the following Connection Grants deadlines:

·        February 1, 2020
·        May 1, 2020
·        August 1, 2020

For more information about this initiative, or for advice on preparing your application, please contact:

Connection Grants
Tel.: 613-943-1007

CARL-Portage is hiring a Project Officer!

Application Closing Date:  Friday, January 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST


Launched in 2015 by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Portage Network (Portage) collaborates with stakeholders from across the research ecosystem to develop and coordinate expertise, platforms, services, and technology in support of research data management, aimed to facilitate the adoption of data stewardship best practices by researchers and institutions.

The Project Officer that CARL seeks is a dynamic, library professional who has strong communication and project management skills and is eager to work on a pan-Canadian basis. The ideal candidate will bring prior experience or a demonstrated interest in academic library issues such as research data management.

The Project Officer will be a member of the CARL Portage Secretariat, reporting to the Portage Director. The position will provide communications, research, documentation, coordination, and overall project management support; and will also provide operational and secretariat support to one or more of its strategic committees. Project areas may include research data management, sensitive data, research support, and data management planning (DMP). Engagement with several projects at the same time, and with new projects arising over time, is anticipated.

The employment period will be February 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020 (8-months). Note: A secondment or academic leave of a qualified individual from a CARL member institution or other Canadian academic library would be considered.


    • Support the development and execution of project plans in collaboration with the Portage Director and specific project lead(s);
    • Provide project coordination, communications, research, documentation, and meeting support;
    • Support the on-time, on-budget delivery of planned deliverables and outcomes and track expenditures of funds;
    • Liaise with Chairs and members, leading or contributing on projects, finalizing reports and publications, producing related website content and other documentation, organizing events and managing logistics;
    • Contribute to the operations of the CARL Portage Secretariat, participating in regular or special tasks as requested by the Portage Director, including web content development, social media, and production of communications and information products;
    • Support the strategic development of CARL Portage by maintaining an awareness of current trends in the Canadian RDM landscape.


    • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program;
    • Ability to interact with association members, project participants, co-workers, staff of other organizations or government with courtesy, discretion and tact.
    • Experience undertaking research, analysis, and writing (e.g., reports) in an employment setting;
    • Highly developed oral and written communication skills, particularly the ability to explain complex concepts to a wide variety of users in either English or French;
    • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with an attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines;
    • Excellent organizational, time management, collaborative and problem-solving skills;
    • Ability to follow direction and to exercise responsible independent action;
    • Proficiency with standard office software applications;


Candidates with the following qualifications may be preferred. These should be explicitly described in the applicant’s cover letter:

    • Professional experience in an academic, special, or research library, or equivalent relevant experience is highly desirable;
    • Education, training or experience in any of the following: data management, communications, project management;
    • Familiarity with technologies supporting CARL Portage’s web and social media presence;
    • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in both French and English.


    • The position location is flexible as work may be performed remotely with frequent teleconferencing.
    • Work week: 35 hours, Monday to Friday within normal business hours, with some flexibility.
    • Occasional travel for meetings or conferences.
    • Overtime may be required from time to time.
    • Position start date: February 1, 2020
    • Position end date: September 30, 2020


Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
This position is not eligible for benefits.


The Canadian Association of Research Libraries is committed to the principle of employment equity. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


An application will comprise:

    1. A cover letter specifically detailing your qualifications for each of the Requirements and Preferred Qualifications listed above, as well as your salary expectations;
    2. An up-to-date and complete CV.

Applications must be received during the posting period.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and asked at that time to supply names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about your work, at least one of whom is a current or recent direct supervisor. Shortlisted candidates proposing a secondment arrangement should confirm, prior to interview, that they have their institution’s support.

Please submit your application package via email to: 

To the attention of:

Jeff Moon
Director, Portage
Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Suite 203, 309 Cooper St
Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5

FRDR selected by FAIRsFAIR for support towards increasing repository interoperability!

Portage is pleased to announce that the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) has been selected by FAIRsFAIR in their Open Call for Data Repositories: Support Towards Increasing Repository Interoperability. This initiative seeks to support the “FAIRification” of repositories by discussing and designing implementation features that enable and increase repository interoperability. This will be achieved through building and testing prototypes of an interoperability layer for data repositories, and will ultimately improve the FAIRness of data in repositories that enable FAIR data. Twelve repositories from around the world have been chosen, with FRDR among six ‘Tester Repositories’. 

Find out more about the results of the Open Call at and feel free to reach out to Lee Wilson ( with any questions.

FRDR is a joint initiative of CARL Portage and the Compute Canada Federation (CCF).  FRDR leverages Canada’s national Digital Research Infrastructure to offer robust, cost-effective repository storage at scale and works with Canadian repositories to provide a federated discovery layer for Canadian research data.

FAIRsFAIR – Fostering Fair Data Practices in Europe – aims to supply practical solutions for the use of the FAIR data principles throughout the research data life cycle. Emphasis is on fostering FAIR data culture and the uptake of good practices in making data FAIR. FAIRsFAIR will play a key role in the development of global standards for FAIR certification of repositories and the data within them contributing to those policies and practices that will turn the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) programme into a functioning infrastructure.

DataCite Canada Consortium will launch on January 1, 2020!

CARL Portage and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) are pleased to formally announce the formation of the DataCite Canada Consortium on January 1, 2020! Through this partnership, CRKN will act as the administrative lead for the DataCite Canada Consortium and CARL Portage will oversee community support and engagement.

As a part of this new consortial approach, CRKN and CARL Portage are assuming responsibility for DataCite Canada from the National Research Council (NRC). The new consortium will fully support existing members, as well as provide an opportunity to welcome new organizations to the DataCite community!

Find out more at Reach out to Jason Friedman ( or Lee Wilson ( with any questions.

New DRI Organization (NDRIO) Governance and Membership Model Posted at

Dear Colleagues,

The Applicant Board and interim management team are pleased to share with the community NDRIO’s Governance and Membership Model  (version française). Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues.

This model was developed based on community input, principles of good governance and a number of specific requirements (e.g. equity, diversity, inclusion, independence, etc.) as defined in the new organization’s funding agreement with the Government of Canada.

The model describes the composition and operating model the incoming Inaugural Board of Directors, the recruitment process as well as the purpose and mandate of the Researcher Council.

The model further describes the approach to membership, including a category of Primary Members (voting) and Associate Members (non-voting). The membership fee model is being finalized and will be shared as part of the membership recruitment process. Based on community input, the membership approach was designed to reflect and accommodate the diversity of our national research community.

The model also includes a set of Guiding Principles to reflect how NDRIO should be led and managed, as its culture is shaped.  In all that it does, NDRIO must be: 

  1. Researcher-Centric
  2. Service-Oriented
  3. Accountable and Transparent
  4. Striving for Excellence
  5. Collaborative

We continue to welcome the engagement of the community.  If you have any further comments on the Governance and Membership Model, please share it through

Over the next week we will share the Inaugural Board competency model, provide additional details on the Board recruitment process and begin the process of engaging and recruiting members.   Please continue to monitor  for information and updates as our journey to NDRIO continues.


Lori MacMullen
Chair, Applicant Board (NDRIO) and Executive Director, Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO)

New Portage Hires!

November 27, 2019 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Portage Network is pleased to announce that several new members have joined the Portage team. This newly expanded secretariat looks forward to advancing research data management nationally, in collaboration with partners across the country, as part of the evolving digital research infrastructure ecosystem in Canada. These positions will be aligned with various Expert and Working Groups to broaden the functionality of current Portage services and tools, and add capacity to national RDM support.

Funding in support of the evolution of the Portage Network is administered through CANARIE.

New Portage Hires! (PDF)

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