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CARL and CAUL-CBUA Collaborate to Advance Data Management and Digital Preservation Needs of the Canadian Research Community

 

June 12 2017 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Council of Atlantic University Libraries / Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l’Atlantique (CAUL-CBUA) announced today the signing of an agreement that will see both organizations work together to advance regional and national issues relating to the data management and digital preservation needs of the Canadian research community.

This partnership brings together the collective expertise, resources and influence from CAUL-CBUA member institutions and CARL’s Portage Network to focus on building connections between research data management and effective digital preservation.

Chuck Humphrey, Director of the CARL Portage Network, stated that “the expertise of CAUL-CBUA member institutions will assist Portage in building nation-wide communities of practice for the management and long-term preservation of research data”. Donna Bourne-Tyson, CARL President and Vice-Chair of CAUL-CBUA, commented that both organizations “will work together to enhance communications and create formal mechanisms for effective CAUL-CBUA-wide engagement with Portage”.

Marc Truitt, Chair of CAUL-CBUA and University Librarian at Mount Allison University, noted that “this relationship with Portage will provide CAUL-CBUA member institutions with a ‘seat at the table’ with other stakeholders in the mainstream of Canadian research data management and preservation practice. It will enable us to draw on the experiences of other communities, while simultaneously contributing to the larger conversation the many lessons we’ve learned in Atlantic Canada.”

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 CAUL-CBUA

CAUL-CBUA is a collaborative partnership of 19 post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada. It is a dynamic community of librarians and library staff bringing valuable experience and a willingness to ensure the best quality of service to meet user needs. All members of the consortium are actively involved in pursuing innovative and cost-effective ways to benefit our faculty and students. Collaboration maximizes benefits to, and builds capacity within, our member institutions.

Contacts:

Chuck Humphrey
Director, Portage
chuck.humphrey@ulberta.ca
780-492-9216

Marc Truitt
Chair, CAUL-CBUA
mtruitt@mta.ca
506-364-2567

Update on the LCDRI Data Management Working Group

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, June 05, 2017 – The Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure (LCDRI) Data Management Working Group has held monthly meetings since January 2017 to prepare for the upcoming National LCDRI Summit in Toronto, ON, scheduled June 27th 2017. A position paper on digital research infrastructure in Canada will be discussed at the Summit, after which the LCDRI will present a final version containing recommendations to Minister Duncan of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. Data management is one of the key components of digital research infrastructure described in this report. To date, this group has helped define the properties making up data management, developed commonly accepted terms and definitions for data management, and described key data management functions and organizational roles to identify potential gaps and opportunities within the current Canadian system.

About the LCDRI Data Management Working Group

The LCDRI Secretariat was funded by the federal government in November 2016 to develop position papers on research data management and advanced research computing in the context of the Canadian research infrastructure landscape. The LCDRI Data Management Working Group is led by Robbin Tourangeau, with representatives from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL),  Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI), the Portage Network, and Research Data Canada (RDC).

Portage Training Expert Group Releases RDM Primer

12 May 2017 – The Portage Training Expert Group has released a two-page primer document on research data management aimed at informing a general audience about research data, its life-cycle and management. The primer is available in both official languages and is released under a CC-BY license.

 

 

CARL and OCUL Work Together to Enhance Canada’s Data Management and Digital Preservation Landscape

  

May 03 2017 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) announced today the signing of an agreement that will see both organizations work together to identify and advance regional and national issues relating to the data discovery, management and digital preservation needs of the Canadian research community.

This agreement brings together research data management expertise from CARL’s Portage Network and digital preservation expertise from OCUL’s Scholars Portal to work together on identifying areas of integration and interoperability across systems supporting research data in Canada.

This agreement will enable OCUL member institutions to assemble effective workflows for access to and preservation of research data, while at the same time leveraging this community’s expertise to advance Portage’s goal of building nationwide communities of practice related to the long-term preservation of research data. Consequently, CARL and OCUL will work together to enhance communications and cooperation for effective OCUL-wide engagement with Portage, especially for OCUL members who are not currently CARL members. The agreement will also help to foster ongoing collaboration between Portage and OCUL’s Scholars Portal service in important areas such as long-term preservation storage, data management and publishing services such as Dataverse, and data discovery.

The agreement comes during OCUL’s 50th anniversary year. “Our member libraries have been working together in support of Ontario’s research and teaching communities since 1967” explained Vivian Lewis, OCUL Chair and University Librarian at McMaster University. “Research data management is increasingly important to the scholarly record, and university libraries are well placed to contribute to best practice and preservation in this field.  OCUL and Scholars Portal are looking forward to expanding our collaboration beyond Ontario by working with our network partners across Canada.”

Chuck Humphrey, Director of the CARL Portage Network, stated, “We are excited by this working relationship with OCUL and by the joint commitment it makes on behalf of both organizations to support academic library initiatives in research data management and digital preservation. Together we are building a community of practice for scholarly digital content in Canada’s universities.”

 

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 OCUL and Scholars Portal

OCUL is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries. Its strength lies in its commitment to work together to maximize collective expertise and resources. OCUL has been collaborating since 1967 to enhance information services in Ontario and beyond through collective purchasing and shared digital information infrastructure, collaborative planning, advocacy, assessment, research, partnerships, communications, and professional development. Scholars Portal is a service of OCUL provided to libraries in Ontario under a service agreement with the University of Toronto Libraries, where Scholars Portal is located. Its research data management and digital preservation services include Scholars Portal Dataverse and the Ontario Library Research Cloud.

 

Contacts:

John Barnett
Executive Director, OCUL
john.barnett@ocul.on.ca
416-946-0578

Susan Haigh
Executive Director, CARL
susan.haigh@carl-abrc.ca
613-482-9344 x 101

Chuck Humphrey
Director, Portage
chuck.humphrey@ulberta.ca
780-492-9216

 

 

 

Portage Progress Report: April 2017

April 28 2017 – A progress report is now available describing the status of the activities and accomplishments of the Portage Network for the first quarter of 2017. This report provides an update on the goals outlined in the Portage Business Plan: 2017 – 2018 and on Portage operations and communications undertaken in this period.

Call for Participation in the Portage Dataverse North Working Group

23 March 2017 – The Portage network is committed to developing a community of practice devoted to strengthening the capacity of Canadian university libraries to provide expertise, services, and infrastructure for research data management.

As a part of this mandate, Portage is now establishing the Dataverse North Working Group. This group will develop a community of practice centered around the use of the Dataverse repository platform on Canadian campuses. In collaboration with regional infrastructure providers of Canadian Dataverse instances, the Working Group will support libraries using or interested in using Dataverse on their campuses by promoting services that enable its use, including training, infrastructure development, and user support. For further information, please see the Terms of Reference for the Dataverse North Working Group.

We are now seeking volunteers from the university library community to join this Working Group. If you would like to participate or to recommend a colleague, please contact Shahira Khair (Portage Training Officer) and Chuck Humphrey (Portage Director). We are asking that you respond by April 07, 2017.

Changes to the Portage Website

10 March 2017 – The Portage website has undergone minor restructuring. None of its content has been removed but new content has been added. The new structure reflects the continued growth of Portage and reduces the number of levels to find information.

Noteworthy Changes:

  • Network of Expertise pages previously under “About Portage” are now located under the “Work With Portage” heading.
  • Information on connecting your institution to the DMP Assistant is now located under the “Infrastructure Platforms”  heading.

Portage Training Expert Group Call for Participation in Working Groups

The Portage Network of Expertise consists of six expert groups providing direction, advice, and support for research data management (RDM) in Canadian universities. These expert groups work with professionals in our university libraries who are providing research data management services on their local campuses. Contributing to the development of an RDM community of practice, expert groups issue calls to the library community seeking volunteers for short-term, specific projects that will identify and inform the research community of RDM best practices.

The Portage RDM Training Expert Group (TEG) is developing a collaborative plan, course offerings, and instructional materials for RDM training in Canada. They recently published a white paper on the RDM training landscape in Canada and are now forming two working groups to begin implementation of some of the training recommendations in this paper. These working groups are:

  • The RDM 101 Working Group: This group will develop a web-based training module introducing general research data management (RDM) topics complementing RDM web content available through academic libraries in Canada. It will offer a basic introduction while integrating existing library web content on RDM. The intended audiences include: researchers; librarians and data stewards; service and infrastructure providers; and policy makers and administrators. Please see the Terms of Reference for the TEG RDM 101 Working Group.
  • The Data Management Plan Working Group: This group will develop a web-based training module on Data Management Plans (DMPs). Working in collaboration with Canadian libraries that currently offer assistance with DMPs, this working group will develop a basic overview of DMP topics. The intended audiences include: researchers; librarians and data stewards; service and infrastructure providers; and policy makers and administrators. Please see the Terms of Reference for the TEG DMP Working Group.

We are now seeking volunteers from the university library community to join one of these working groups. If you would like to participate or recommend a colleague for one of these groups, please contact Jane Fry, Chair of the Training Expert Group, indicating the group in which you are interested. We are asking that you respond by Wednesday, March 22, 2017. If you have further questions about this process please contact Chuck Humphrey (Portage Director).

Portage Business Plan: 2017 and 2018

2 March 2017 – The mission of Portage is to contribute actively to research data management in Canada through a sustainable network of library-based services and collaborative infrastructure. With this goal in mind, the Portage Business Plan: 2017 and 2018 was developed. 

The Business Plan provides a record of the consultations and developments leading to the formation of the Portage network, a current situational analysis, and the network’s goals, services, governance structure, and funding model for the next two years.

Status Report on the Compute Canada/CARL-Portage Software Development Project

2 March 2017 – CARL-Portage and Compute Canada are collaborating in building a scalable federated research data repository and discovery platform. Started in January 2016, this project is halfway through its development time frame, with capabilities demonstrated and user interfaces tested. A status report has been released describing the features of this software platform, the progress made in the first year, and remaining development activities. The project will be moving soon into beta testing with users and is on target to go into production in early 2018.    

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