Category: News

FRDR Enters Limited Production

September 21, 2017 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Portage, and Compute Canada are pleased to announce that the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) service has now finished Beta and will be entering into Limited Production starting the week of  September 18th, 2017 to coincide with Portage and RDM in Canada – RDA 10th Plenary Collocated Event. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who improved the service by providing valuable feedback during Beta testing.

The Limited Production version of FRDR, which leverages the Globus platform, will have many of the features and user interface design expected for full launch next spring. Data deposit will be limited to a select number of invited researchers who will help us to refine our curation and operational service models over the next few months. Data uploaded to FRDR during this time will be discoverable and available for download, unless an embargo period is required, and will carry over to the full service launch. Users will also be able to search for and download datasets contained both within FRDR and across several Canadian data repositories. If you are interested in working with the FRDR team during Limited Production, please contact the Portage Service Manager, Lee Wilson (lee.wilson@ace-net.ca).

A demo version of the FRDR site will remain available for training and testing purposes and we encourage users to continue providing feedback at support@frdr.ca. As with the Beta, the FRDR demo can be used to learn about the platform’s search and data deposit features. As much as possible, the demo will be kept up-to-date with the latest version of the FRDR platform. Please note that all data deposited into the demo will be considered “test” data and will only be available temporarily. 

For more information on FRDR, please visit https://portagenetwork.ca/frdr-dfdr/.

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About CARL and Portage:
CARL provides leadership on behalf of Canada’s research libraries, promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and enhances its members’ capacity to advance research and higher education. CARL members include Canada’s 29 largest university libraries and two federal institutions. CARL has launched Portage, comprising a library-based network of expertise on Research Data Management (RDM) and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data.


About Compute Canada:
Compute Canada, in partnership with regional organizations ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid, leads the acceleration of research innovation by deploying state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions. Together we provide essential ARC services and infrastructure for Canadian researchers and their collaborators in all academic and industrial sectors. Our world-class team of more than 200 experts employed by 37 partner universities and research institutions across the country provide direct support to research teams. Compute Canada is a proud ambassador for Canadian excellence in advanced research computing nationally and internationally.

Portage Releases Training Assistance Request Form

September 14, 2017 – The Portage Research Data Management Training Expert Group (TEG) has released an online request tool for research data management (RDM) training. The bilingual form is available to those who are organizing RDM training on Canadian academic campuses and would like assistance developing training and guidance materials in all areas of RDM. In responding to requests for training assistance, TEG will draw upon the wealth of knowledge and expertise of the Portage network to assist applicants in developing educational materials and programs.

The wider academic community is also invited to submit RDM training suggestions through this form. In response, TEG will share these requests with local contacts and coordinate RDM training opportunities that respond to the request.

About TEG and Portage

The Portage Training Expert Group (TEG) was created to oversee the creation of online training materials relating to research data management. Portage is a national research data management initiative to assist researchers and other research data management stakeholders through a library-based network of expertise on RDM and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data. Portage is managed by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

For more information, please contact:

Jane Fry, Chair, Portage Training Expert Group
jane.fry@carleton.ca

Final Program and Registration Reminder: Portage and RDM in Canada, September 18, 2017, Montreal, QC

The final program for Portage and Research Data Management in Canada has been released. This event is being held on Monday, September 18, 2017 in conjunction with the Tenth Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) in Montreal, Quebec.

Limited registration is still available for the three sessions making up this event.

The day of activities begins with a morning keynote address discussing data policy in Canada from funding agency and researcher perspectives. Expect to be challenged with propositions about how the mandate for research data management in Canada will be shaped by national policy and what this will mean for researchers and those providing RDM support for researchers. Following this opening presentation will be a panel discussion of the Portage Council of Chairs describing how the work of their expert groups are helping advance RDM in Canada and contributing to the development of a community of practice.

For those interested in this event but who are unable to attend in person, the morning session will be livestreamed from 9:00AM – 12:00 PM at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKSM7Bp3Znc

In the afternoon, two workshops are being offered:

Portage and Data Management Plans in Canada: The Policies, Templates, and Platform
This workshop will provide an overview of data management plans and their value to researchers and those involved in providing research services on campus. Practical instruction on the use of the Portage Data Stewardship template and the online DMP Assistant platform will be provided.

Portage Supported Research Data Management Platforms
This workshop will provide an overview of Portage-supported RDM platforms with an examination of the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) and Dataverse. This will allow participants to review key considerations and opportunities for integrating these platforms into local data services.

Participants will be required to register in advance. The registration form is accessible at the following link: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/Portage-RDA-Registration

If you have any questions about the registration process or encounter problems completing your registration, please contact us by email at portage@carl-abrc.ca.

 

[Update 18.09.2017 – Livestream URL updated]

Portage Network Releases Report on Metadata Standards for Research Data Discovery

September 12, 2017 ­— The Metadata Working Group of the Portage Data Discovery Expert Group has released a report about discovery standards for research data in repositories. The report includes an overview of the discovery metadata profile for the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) and a crosswalk covering major disciplinary research data standards.

The purpose of the Portage Data Discovery Expert Group is to support research data creators and curators in planning, producing, and managing descriptive metadata for effective discovery and reuse. The group facilitates discussions about data discovery in Canada and promotes the use of metadata standards for research data that support both machine-to-machine and human-to-machine discovery activities. The Metadata Working Group works to define the scope of metadata standards for discovery and to provide recommendations for managing and harvesting metadata from data repositories, with the goal of increased discovery of Canadian research data.

The full report is available in both official languages from the Portage website.

English: https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0355406

Français: https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0355407

About Portage:
Portage is a national research data management initiative to assist researchers and other research data management stakeholders through a library-based network of expertise on RDM and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data. Portage is managed by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

For more information, please contact:

Amber Leahey, Chair, Metadata Working Group
Eugene Barsky, Chair, Data Discovery Expert Group
Chuck Humphrey, Portage Director

Portage Announces External Training Resource Library

September 12, 2017 – The Portage Research Data Management Training Expert Group (TEG) has identified and compiled a range of external resources into an online search tool useful for learning and training in the domain of research data management (RDM).

The online search tool is accessible through the newly created Training Resources section of the Portage website, which will grow to feature educational and training materials produced by the Portage network of experts and will link to external resources that may be of interest to the broader community of practice. The training resources compiled to date cover a range of topics across the research data lifecycle, from the development and completion of data management plans, to documentation and curation methods, to preservation and storage best practices. The resource library is intended to be a living tool and will be updated and curated as new resources are made available and discovered. With this purpose in mind, a Resource Submission Form has also been developed for users to suggest additional training resources to be indexed by the online search tool.

About TEG and Portage

The Portage RDM Training Expert Group (TEG) was created to oversee the creation of online training materials relating to research data management. Portage is a national research data management initiative to assist researchers and other research data management stakeholders through a library-based network of expertise on RDM and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data. Portage is managed by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

Jane Fry, Chair, Portage Training Expert Group
jane.fry@carleton.ca

Chuck Humphrey, Portage Director
chuck.humphrey@ualberta.ca

 

CARL Appoints Jeff Moon as Portage Director

OTTAWA, August 31, 2017 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Moon as the next Director of Portage. Mr. Moon, who is currently Data Librarian at Queen’s University Library and the Academic Director of the Queen’s Research Data Centre, has accepted a secondment commencing September 15, 2017. He succeeds Chuck Humphrey, who has held this role since September 2015.

View the full announcement on the CARL website.

Registration Now Open! Portage and RDM in Canada – RDA 10th Plenary Collocated Event

August 16 2017 –

Registration is now open!

CARL/Portage invite you to register for Portage and Research Data Management in Canada on Monday, September 18th, 2017 at the Centre Mont-Royal in Montreal, QC.

The Portage Network is hosting three events on this day, which are being held in conjunction with the Tenth Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), scheduled for September 19-21.

A day of speakers, panels and workshops are planned with the following groups in mind: contributors to Portage expert and working groups, graduate students and researchers, those providing research data management (RDM) support on local campuses, and individuals from RDM stakeholder groups, such as funding agencies and organizations representing professionals who provide research services. The event is an excellent opportunity to connect Canada’s RDM community of practice with the RDA international community, sharing and learning from the experiences of one another.


Portage and Research Data Management in Canada
The day of activities begins with a morning plenary session that will open with a keynote address providing an account of RDM in Canada today and its future directions. Following the keynote will be a panel discussion that brings together the Chairs of the Portage Expert Groups to discuss the various ways their groups are helping to move RDM forward in Canada.
Registration is limited to 120 participants.

In the afternoon, participants will be offered a choice between two workshops:

Portage and Data Management Plans in Canada: The Policies, Templates, and Platform
This workshop will provide an overview of data management plans and their value to researchers and those involved in providing research services on campus. Practical instruction on the use of the Portage Data Stewardship template and the online DMP Assistant platform will be provided. This session is directed at students, researchers and data managers.
Registration is limited to 40 participants.

Portage Supported Research Data Management Platforms
This workshop will provide an overview of Portage-supported RDM platforms with an examination of the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) and Dataverse. This will allow participants to review key considerations and opportunities for integrating these platforms into local data services. This workshop is directed primarily at librarians and research data managers.
Registration is limited to 60 participants.


There will be no registration fee for these events, however, participants will be required to register in advance. 

The registration form is accessible at the following link: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/Portage-RDA-Registration

If you have any questions about the registration process or encounter problems completing your registration, please contact us by email at portage@carl-abrc.ca

Stay tuned to the Portage website for event updates, including a formal program and list of speakers.

[Update 2017.09.07: This announcement has been altered to reflect that laptops are no longer required for participation in the “Portage and Data Management Plans in Canada” workshop.]

[Update 2017.09.08: This announcement has been altered to reflect new registration limits.]

Portage Network Releases Report on Collections Development for the Federated Research Data Repository

August 16, 2017 ­— A report has been released by the Collections Development Working Group of the Portage Data Discovery Experts describing how a group of ten Canadian research data repositories were identified for a pilot to facilitate the discovery of their data collections through the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) search tool.

The Portage Data Discovery Expert Group was created to ensure that Canadian research data is comprehensively described through the use of appropriate standards and indexed in suitable tools to support its discovery, facilitate its access, and inform researchers of its potential reuse in a wide variety of contexts and by a broad range of users. Their Collections Development Working Group was formed to ensure that Canadian research data is comprehensively included and indexed in FRDR and other search tools.

This report presents a typology of research data repositories, describes the selection criteria from which a set of ten Canadian research data repositories were selected for a pilot, and provides lessons learned and recommendations resulting from this review, as well as suggested next steps.

The full report is available in both official languages from the Portage website.

English version: http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0351978

Version français : http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0351979


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About Portage:
Portage is a national research data management initiative to assist researchers and other research data management stakeholders through a library-based network of expertise on RDM and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data. Portage is managed by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

For more information, please contact:

Berenica Vejvoda, Chair, Collections Development Working Group

Eugene Barsky, Chair, Data Discovery Expert Group

Chuck Humphrey, Portage Director

Call for Expressions of Interest: FRDR Service Model Working Group

Portage is establishing a working group to develop a distributed service model for the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR). This is your opportunity to help build a community of practice around this specific data discovery and repository platform. We are looking for volunteers who will provide recommendations of best practices for a distributed service model; will help identify priorities for the launch of this service and beyond; and will review the draft Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and user documentation for the service. This group will be instrumental in aligning FRDR with the needs of Canadian researchers and those supporting research data on local campuses. Lee Wilson, the Portage Interim Service Manager and a member of the Compute Canada FRDR development team, will chair this group and directly communicate this group’s recommendations to the FRDR developers. For further information, please see the Terms of Reference for this working group.

We are now seeking volunteers from the Portage Expert Group community to join this Working Group. If you would like to participate or to recommend a colleague, please contact Lee Wilson (Interim Service Manager) and Chuck Humphrey (Portage Director) with a brief expression of interest. We are asking that you respond by August 07 2017.

Save the Date! Portage and RDM in Canada, Montréal, Sept. 18 2017

Save this date!
Save your data!

Portage and Research Data Management in Canada is a day of activities that you will want to attend on Monday, September 18th, 2017 at the Centre Mont-Royal in Montreal, QC. The Portage Network is hosting three events on this day, which are being held in conjunction with the Tenth Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), scheduled for September 19-21.

We invite you to join this gathering of a national community of practice for research data management in Canada! A day of speakers, panels and workshops are planned with the following groups in mind: contributors to Portage expert and working groups, graduate students and researchers, those providing research data management (RDM) support on local campuses, and individuals from RDM stakeholder groups, such as funding agencies and organizations representing professionals who provide research services. The event is an excellent opportunity to connect Canada’s RDM community of practice with the RDA international community, sharing and learning from the experiences of one another.

The day of activities begins with a morning plenary session that will open with a keynote address providing an account of RDM in Canada today and its future directions. Following the keynote will be a panel discussion that brings together the Chairs of the Portage Expert Groups to discuss the various ways their groups are helping to move RDM forward in Canada.

In the afternoon, participants will be offered a choice between two workshops:

Portage and Data Management Plans in Canada: The Policies, Templates, and Platform
This workshop will provide an overview of data management plans and their value to researchers and those involved in providing research services on campus. Practical instruction on the use of the Portage Data Stewardship template and the online DMP Assistant platform will be provided. This session is directed at students, researchers and data managers.

Portage Supported Research Data Management Platforms
This workshop will provide an overview of Portage-supported RDM platforms with an examination of the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) and Dataverse. This will allow participants to review key considerations and opportunities for integrating these platforms into local data services. This workshop is directed primarily at librarians and research data managers.

There will be no registration fee for these events, however, participants will be required to register in advance. Please note that registration for the workshops will be limited on a first register, first serve basis. Stay tuned for more details and registration information. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Fry (jane.fry@carleton.ca) Chair, Portage Training Expert Group.

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