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Portage Funding Call for Development of Discipline-specific DMP Templates

Portage Funding Call for Development of Discipline-specific DMP Templates

Portage has funding available to support the rapid creation of discipline-specific DMP Templates, which consist of the questions and associated guidance embedded in the DMP Assistant to walk researchers through the creation of a DMP. 

We are seeking experts from the RDM community to serve as funded short-term contractors in the creation of these DMP Templates. Our goal is to support development of templates for a variety of disciplines, including health and allied sciences, natural sciences, and humanities and social sciences. Given the current pandemic situation, we are particularly interested in supporting development of templates to support COVID-19 researchers.

Please submit your expression of interest in creating a DMP template by May 7, 2020 using this Google Form.  Successful applications will be notified no later than May 15, 2020.

Draft templates, for review by Portage, would be due no later than June 12, 2020. Final versions of templates, incorporating changes/additions identified in the review process, would be due no later than July 3, 2020.  

Any questions regarding this funding call should be sent to or directly to Jeff Moon ( 

Portage Seeking Community Assistance with DMPs

Portage Seeking Community Assistance with DMPs

New DMP Exemplars

Portage is now accepting expressions of interest for the creation of a wide range of disciplinary specific Exemplar Data Management Plans (DMPs) that will be publicly shared to offer researchers guidance for developing their own high quality DMPs. Portage and the DMP Expert Group have developed guidance on creating an effective DMP (in English and French) and are offering to work collaboratively with you to develop your DMP into an Exemplar! Librarians in particular are encouraged to reach out and work with researchers at their institutions to develop their DMPs. These Exemplar DMPs will ultimately be deposited and preserved within a forthcoming Portage DMP Data Repository.  More >> Portage Seeking Community Assistance with DMPs

Webinars, DMP Exemplars, and Online Learning

As services continue to move online and people work and collaborate remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, Portage would like to show continued support for the RDM community through new and existing initiatives:

  • New series of free RDM webinars
  • New DMP Exemplars
  • Online training resources

More >> Webinars, DMP Exemplars, and Online Learning

New Exemplar DMPs!

Portage is pleased to have published several new Exemplar Data Management Plans (DMPs). These Exemplars cover a range of disciplines and research methods, highlight best practices for DMPs in those disciplines, and provide a reference point for researchers writing their own DMPs. They are the result of hard work on the part of our Training Expert Group and Data Management Planning Expert Group. We are actively seeking additional Exemplar DMPs from the community — please let us know if you are able to contribute to this initiative by sending an email to

The Exemplars are available on the Portage Training Resources page, under DMP Exemplars:

Please note we will be posting the French versions shortly.

Portage Update: Highlights from August – February

Welcome to the first in a series of new blog posts highlighting CARL Portage activities and achievements. This first post will cover our milestones since August 2019 (updates on our prior activities can be found in our Portage Progress Reports). We have made progress on national data stewardship initiatives as well as national, collaborative research data management platforms, tools, and services through partnerships, outreach, our Expert and Working Groups, expansion of our Secretariat, and international collaboration.  More >> Portage Update: Highlights from August – February

Updated: Dataverse North Metadata Best Practices Guide v 2.0

CARL Portage has released version 2 of the Dataverse North Metadata Best Practices Guide. This guide is intended for anyone who is depositing data in a Dataverse repository and needs to create metadata. It provides official definitions of metadata fields; adds clarifications and tips where needed; distinguishes between required, recommended, and optional fields; and illustrates the use of each field with an example. Earlier versions of the guide covered the fields in the Citation Metadata block. This version adds coverage for fields in the Geospatial Metadata and Social Sciences and Humanities Metadata blocks. Future editions will add guidance for Life Sciences Metadata and Astronomy & Astrophysics Metadata. The guide was produced by the Metadata Subgroup of the Dataverse North Working Group on behalf of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) with permission from Harvard for the use of definitions and the Texas Digital Library for basic design. 

Dataverse North Metadata Best Practices Guide v 2.0 (English) (Français)

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