Portage Participation in May & June 2016 Conferences
August 9, 2016 – In May and June of this year, representatives from Portage presented at a number of national and international conferences, engaging in lively discussions with researchers and other research data stakeholders on issues related to data management and planning.
1. Portage Presentations at CARA and CAREB
As part of the conference of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) in Vancouver, May 1-4, Jeff Moon, Chair of the Portage DMP Expert Group, and Chuck Humphrey, Portage Director, led a half-day workshop introducing DMPs and providing research scenarios that participants used to prepare a DMP. Kathleen Shearer, research associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), joined Jeff and Chuck for a conference session dedicated to managing the research record.
Susan Babcock, Acting Executive Director of the Research Ethics Office at the University of Alberta, organized a workshop as part of the conference of the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB), May 25-28 in Toronto. This workshop focused on research data management and research ethics that included presentations from Portage, Chairs of Ethics Boards, and researchers. Susan and Chuck also spoke during the conference on Turning Statements on Ethics and Research Data Management into Best Practices. They argued that incorporating data management plans within research ethics applications strengthens an ethics review and fulfills expectations about research data expressed in a trilogy of policy documents: (i) Tri-council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, (ii) the Tri-agency Responsible Conduct of Research Framework, and (iii) the Tri-agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management.
2. Research Data Management at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) organized two sessions at Congress 2016, held at the University of Calgary from May 28 to June 3, that focused on emerging research data management (RDM) policies. Representatives from twenty-four scholarly societies and associations attended these sessions to hear about the latest developments and to express their positions on the topic. Each session provided perspectives from the viewpoint of a research funding agency (SSHRC), an RDM service provider (Portage), an institution (University of Calgary), and a researcher from the Digital Humanities. The recently adopted Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management identifies the RDM responsibilities of several stakeholder groups, including the research communities represented by scholarly societies and associations. These two sessions at Congress 2016 initiated an important conversation about shared RDM roles that is expected to continue into the future.
3. Portage at CANHEIT/HPCS 2016
The Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO) and the High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) hosted a joint conference at the University of Alberta from June 19 to 22, 2016. Portage and Compute Canada joined forces to organize five sessions on research data management on June 21 as part of the HPCS program. Among these sessions, Linda Naughton from Jisc in the UK spoke about their pilot for a national data service. Mark Leggott, Executive Director for Research Data Canada, presented a model for a scholarly metadata ecosystem and its relationship to research data. Alan Darnell, Director of Scholars Portal, described his organization’s provision of services and infrastructure for research data. A panel chaired by Lori MacMullen, Executive Director of CUCCIO, and consisting of Dugan O’Neil, Chief Scientist for Compute Canada, Bo Wandschneider, Queen’s CIO, and Chuck Humphrey, Director of Portage, addressed the challenges of providing RDM infrastructure in Canada and the collaborative work being undertaken by Compute Canada and Portage. Alex Garnett from SFU and Todd Trann from the University of Saskatchewan demonstrated the progress made in developing a federated research data repository and its data discovery system. Other speakers in RDM sessions included Eugene Barsky and Jamie Rosner from the University of British Columbia and Frédérick Lefebvre and Florent Parent from Calcul Quebec.
4. Research Data Management at IATUL
Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian at Queen’s University, and President of CARL, and Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian at Dalhousie University and Vice-President / President-Elect for CARL, presented at the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) Conference (June 5-9 in Halifax, NS). Their paper, Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in Research Data Management, described approaches taken to aligning RDM services across multiple stakeholder groups in Canada and the various factors to be considered in such collaborations.
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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