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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.    

Portage Update – February 2017

February 22 2017 –  A Portage Update describing progress made by the Portage network since the Canadian Association of Research Library Fall Annual General Meeting is now available. The report summarizes the outcomes of projects Portage has undertaken for partners and provides an update on the activities of the network of Expert Groups. Portage engagement with research data management stakeholders, including events, discussions, and possible Memoranda of Understanding, are detailed, as are modifications made to the Portage Business Plan for 2017 and 2018.

Portage Network Releases White Paper on Research Data Management Training in Canada

OTTAWA, February 10, 2017 ­— The Portage Network has just released a white paper entitled Research Data Management Training Landscape in Canada, written by members of the Portage Research Data Management (RDM) Training Expert Group: James Doiron (University of Alberta), Jane Fry (Carleton University), Danny Létourneau (Université de Montréal), Laure Perrier (University of Toronto), Carol Perry (University of Guelph), and Wendy Watkins (Carleton University, retired).

The Portage RDM Training Expert Group (TEG) was created to oversee the creation of online training materials relating to research data management.

Through this paper, the TEG investigates strategic directions for RDM professional development that will address part of the academic library community’s response to Tri-Agency expectations as expressed in The Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management. In providing a national outlook, the TEG’s central focus is to integrate the expertise of the research data management community with other research stakeholders and to collaborate in training initiatives within the broader RDM community.

This white paper aims to provide a high-level perspective on RDM training by answering three fundamental questions.

1.     What is the current RDM expertise landscape in Canada?
2.     Does Canada have the capacity to meet the demand for training?
3.     How can Portage help increase Canadian RDM expertise through training and other means?

The full white paper is available in both official languages from the Portage website:

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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).

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

Chuck Humphrey, Portage Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries
chuck.humphrey@ualberta.ca

Portage Network Releases White Paper on Research Data Management Training in Canada

OTTAWA, February 10, 2017 ­— The Portage Network has just released a white paper entitled Research Data Management Training Landscape in Canada, written by members of the Portage Research Data Management (RDM) Training Expert Group: James Doiron (University of Alberta), Jane Fry (Carleton University), Danny Létourneau (Université de Montréal), Laure Perrier (University of Toronto), Carol Perry (University of Guelph), and Wendy Watkins (Carleton University, retired).

The Portage RDM Training Expert Group (TEG) was created to oversee the creation of online training materials relating to research data management.

Through this paper, the TEG investigates strategic directions for RDM professional development that will address part of the academic library community’s response to Tri-Agency expectations as expressed in The Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management. In providing a national outlook, the TEG’s central focus is to integrate the expertise of the research data management community with other research stakeholders and to collaborate in training initiatives within the broader RDM community.

This white paper aims to provide a high-level perspective on RDM training by answering three fundamental questions.

1.     What is the current RDM expertise landscape in Canada?
2.     Does Canada have the capacity to meet the demand for training?
3.     How can Portage help increase Canadian RDM expertise through training and other means?

The full white paper is available in both official languages from the Portage website:

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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).

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

Chuck Humphrey, Portage Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries
chuck.humphrey@ualberta.ca

 

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