Category: News

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.

Appointment of Lee Wilson as Interim Portage Service Manager

Lee Wilson, Portage Service Manager

OTTAWA (ON), July 11 2017 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and Portage are pleased to announce Lee Wilson, Research Consultant, ACENET, has been seconded to the position of Portage Service Manager. In this role, Mr. Wilson will support Portage in developing and delivering research data management services across Canada both directly and through partnerships with other organizations. His initial focus will be to organize the policies, operations, and the business model for the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) service. FRDR is a two-year software development project between Compute Canada and CARL/Portage that is now in beta testing. Mr. Wilson joins CARL/Portage with strong connections within Compute Canada and is already assisting the FRDR development team with preparing policies, such as, a Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Wilson joined ACENET in 2017 as a Research Consultant for data management, providing specialized training and consultation to help researchers at all stages of the research data life cycle. Mr. Wilson has also worked with the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network’s Data Management project, solving issues related to the storage, discovery, and accessibility of ocean data. Mr. Wilson holds a BA (English) from Mount Allison University and a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University.

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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.

Summary of Portage Outreach Activities: May and June 2017

July 10 2017 – Portage has been engaged in various outreach activities as part of a busy summer schedule promoting research data management (RDM) to member institutions of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and other RDM stakeholders.

In early May, the Portage Director presented the keynote address at the University of Alberta RDM Week and spoke about Portage developing a Canadian community of practice to support local campuses in their delivery of research data services. Later in May, he met with members of the York University RDM Working Group in a round table discussion and gave a public presentation on Portage and RDM to York University’s researchers, librarians, and administrators. Also in the same month, at the Canadian Health Libraries Association he taught a half-day continuing education course on data management plans to participants from academic and hospital libraries. In June, Dalhousie University Libraries hosted the Director where he participated in a round table discussion with representatives from the research services, ethics, and Vice-President Research offices, as well as the libraries. He also made a public presentation on the shared stewardship of research data to Dalhousie staff.

Portage has also been represented at a number of conferences involving stakeholders in the Canadian RDM realm. For instance, Jeff Moon (Chair of the Portage Data Management Planning Expert Group) and the Portage Director were members of a panel that discussed collaboration between research service offices and libraries at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators in Winnipeg, MB. Jane Fry, Carol Perry, and James Doiron, experts with the Portage Training Group, spoke at a session on national infrastructure initiatives at the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology conference in the U.S. The Portage Director also represented Portage on panel discussions at the CASRAI Reconnect Canada conference in Montreal, QC and at the High Performance Computing Symposium in Kingston, ON. Most recently, the Portage Director and Mark Leggott, Executive Director at Research Data Canada, co-chaired a successful RDM breakout session at the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure (LCDRI) Summit in Toronto, ON, which provided an opportunity to discuss a position paper on RDM with a variety of interested stakeholders. This paper, along with some other LCDRI position statements, will be packaged and presented to the federal government at the end of August.

Looking ahead to the rest of the summer, the Portage Director will be forming a cross-stakeholder working group to prepare guidance materials on institutional strategies for research data management. He will also complete the terms of reference for another cross-stakeholder group that will develop extended data management plan guidelines for the ethical treatment of research data. He is also working with Sally Rutherford, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies, to develop a RDM train-the-trainers workshop for graduate students. Finally, he is looking forward to spending some time with a new grandson born on July 5th.

Portage Council of Chairs Hold Second Annual Meeting

OTTAWA, June 16 2017 – The Portage Council of Chairs held their second annual in-person meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the CANARIE Headquarters, in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Chairs of the Portage expert groups gathered to plan and coordinate the operation of the Network of Expertise. This full-day meeting involved discussion on accomplishments over the past year, plans for each expert group going into 2018, areas needing coordination among expert groups, and budget items associated with each group’s planned activities.

More information about the Council is available on the Portage website

Back row (left to right): Lee Wilson, Dylanne Dearborn, Lisa Goddard, Jane Fry, Jeff Moon, Eugene Barsky, Chuck Humphrey, Umar Qasim;
Front row (left to right): Shahira Khair, Julie Morin, Susan Haigh, Jay Brodeur, Kathleen Shearer

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).

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