Category: News

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

 

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

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