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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

 

Spotlight on Canadian RDM Survey

February 06 2017. –  InsideOCULA has published a research spotlight article on the collaboration of eleven Canadian university libraries surveying the research data management (RDM) practices of researchers on their campuses. This project has brought together librarians, researchers, university administrators, funding agencies and the Portage Network. Generic survey documents are being prepared by members of the Portage Research Intelligence Expert Group so that other institutions may conduct the survey on their own campus. These documents, as well as the survey data collected and resulting publications, will be made available on the Portage Network website.

Portage leaders contribute to successful RDM sessions in Ottawa

January 30 2017. – Portage leaders Chuck Humphrey (Director, Portage) and Jeff Moon (Data Librarian, Queen’s University/ Data Management Planning Expert Group Chair, Portage) participated in two, separate half-day conferences at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa this past week. These events were aimed at fostering discussions around best practices in research data management (RDM) and the support that academic libraries are contributing to RDM. Presentations involved speakers from each campus and Portage. Discussions focused on developments in data management infrastructure, policy, and services from national and local perspectives, bringing together faculty and researchers, librarians, graduate students, and other key players involved in supporting research in the university setting.

Portage and SSHRC Co-Host Successful DMP Workshop

January 30, 2017. – A successful capstone event was held Tuesday January 24th 2017, concluding a three-month workshop on data management plans (DMP) conducted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Portage Network. The Workshop included researchers and data managers from a sample of 18 SSHRC Insight or Partnership grants, helping them to develop a DMP using Portage’s DMP Assistant tool. A local library contact was provided to assist researchers with this exercise.

The capstone event brought together 17 researchers from among these projects to review their experiences in preparing a DMP and to discuss future SSHRC data policies. Over 18 participants from other research data management stakeholders also participated in these discussions. Chuck Humphrey (Director, Portage), Jeff Moon (Data Librarian, Queen’s University/ DMP Expert Group Chair, Portage), Matthew Lucas (Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Performance, SSHRC) and Jeremy Geelen (Senior Policy Analyst, SSHRC) led this event, addressing trends in research data management and directions in data policies.

A full summary of the workshop will be made public on the Portage website in the upcoming weeks.

Portage Data Discovery Expert Group Issues Call for Participation in Working Groups

November 3, 2016. – The Portage Data Discovery Expert Group has issued a Call for Participation in a Collections Development Working Group and in a Metadata Working Group. For more information, please see the complete Call for Participation.

 

UBC Library Contributes Search Interface to Federated Research Data Repository

October 24, 2016. – Portage and Compute Canada are pleased to partner with the University of British Columbia Library in adopting their UBC Open Collections user interface. This search tool has been selected as the discovery interface for the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) software being developed by Compute Canada and Portage as part of Canada’s digital infrastructure for research data.

The FRDR project has adopted code from UBC Library’s Open Collections (provided through an open source license via Github) as the user interface for the data discovery component of the FRDR platform. The development team for this project evaluated three potential interfaces and found the UBC code to be the best documented and the most suited for the design and functionality recommended in the recently released Portage Discovery Expert Group whitepaper.

In the spirit of open source, the project group expects to contribute back some features to the code base, such as the internationalization of the interface to support French and English, geographic and location-based discovery, as well as an extension of supported metadata schemas.

Portage and Compute Canada joined forces to develop a Federated Research Data Repository in January 2016, following a successful pilot project conducted in the summer of 2015. Among the features of the repository is a federated framework to allow the research data in Canadian data repositories to be discovered from a single, coherent search engine. At the same time, it will also offer a flexible repository and preservation processing for Canadian researchers and institutions who do not have a solution already in place.

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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:

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

Portage at Acfas

September 28, 2016. – The Portage Network and the important role of librarians in research data management were discussed in a presentation at the Acfas conference in Montreal in May 2016.

Alex Guindon, a member of the Portage Data Management Expert Group and Geospatial and Data Services Librarian at Concordia University, presented on the Portage Network at the 84th Acfas conference at Université du Québec à Montréal in May.

Guindon’s talk, entitled Le Réseau Portage: les bibliothèques universitaires au cœur de la gestion des données de la recherche [Portage Network: University Libraries at the Heart of Research Data Management], described the various aspects of the Portage initiative, as well as the important role of libraries and librarians in research data management.

Full abstract for this presentation:

University libraries can play an important role in research data management (RDM). In this case research data refers to a wide range of things, including digital objects used and produced by the digital humanities. Their expertise in content preservation, knowledge organization and intellectual property give university libraries the skills to develop services and activities to ensure digital objects are properly managed, preserved and shared. It is in this context that the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) launched the Portage Network in September 2014. Portage’s mandate is twofold: 1) Create a decentralized network of expertise comprising teams of librarians from various regions of Canada; and 2) Build a national system for preserving and exploring research data. The DMP Assistant, an online tool to guide researchers at each step in preparing data management plans (DMPs), is one of the Portage Network’s main achievements. The data management plan, an invaluable DMP preparation tool, is one of the elements recommended by federal granting agencies in the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management.

CARL and COPPUL Working Together at the Intersections of Research Data Management and Digital Preservation

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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, September 20, 2016 — The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) announced today the signing of an agreement that will see both organizations work together at the intersections of research data management (RDM) and long-term digital preservation.

An important element in RDM is the management of research data over time, and much of the work undertaken in the field of digital preservation is applicable to RDM.  The agreement brings together research data management expertise from CARL’s Portage Network and digital preservation expertise from COPPUL’s Digital Preservation Network (COPPUL DPN) in order to identify and implement standards for interoperability across systems related to research data management and long-term preservation.

The agreement will help COPPUL member institutions assemble effective workflows for the preservation of research data, while at the same time leveraging the COPPUL DPN to help Portage build nationwide communities of practice related to the long-term preservation of research data.

This agreement comes during COPPUL’s 25th anniversary year and CARL’s 40th anniversary year. “It represents an exciting new opportunity to leverage COPPUL’s world-class digital preservation expertise in support of an important national effort around the preservation of research data,” said Mary-Jo Romaniuk, COPPUL Board Chair and University Librarian at the University of Manitoba.

“Developing regional infrastructure and capacity can be seen as a key element in a national strategy for the long-term preservation of digital scholarship and cultural heritage materials in Canada today. This agreement aligns the work we’re doing in COPPUL around digital preservation with CARL’s national efforts on research data management,” said Corey Davis, COPPUL DPN Manager.

Chuck Humphrey, Director of the CARL Portage Network, stated, “The magnitude of managing data from research across Canada requires community-wide involvement. Strong working relations with regional academic library consortia like COPPUL are critical to the success of the federated model upon which Portage is based.”

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. Portage is committed within its guiding principles to be inclusive, serving all researchers and creating a more level playing field, and respectful of differences, meeting the needs of different regions, institutions, and disciplines.

About COPPUL and the COPPUL DPN

COPPUL members leverage their collective expertise, resources, and influence to increase capacity and infrastructure, and to enhance the learning, teaching, student experiences, and research at member institutions. COPPUL members include 22 university libraries in Western Canada, among which are CARL and non-CARL members. COPPUL is currently undertaking a major project that aims to transform its current digital preservation activities into a set of comprehensive, flexible, scalable, and sustainable services provided through a COPPUL Digital Preservation Network (COPPUL DPN).

Contacts:

Chuck Humphrey
Director, Portage
chuck.humphrey@ulberta.ca
780-492-9216
(ORCID): http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4623-020X

Corey Davis
Manager, COPPUL DPN
corey@coppul.ca
250-472-5024

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