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Portage Releases DMP Assistant Institutional Customization Guide

OTTAWA, July 26, 2016 ­— The Portage Network is pleased to announce the release of version 1.0 of the DMP Assistant Institutional Customization Guide, which allows institutions to develop a template for questions and guidance content within the DMP Assistant that reflects their specific needs and to adopt a look and feel that reflects that of the institution.

This guide was developed by members of the Portage DMP Customization Working Group (a subset of the Portage DMP Management Expert Group): Jay Brodeur (McMaster University), Talia Chung (University of Ottawa), Carla Graebner (Simon Fraser University), Alex Guindon (Concordia University), Amber Leahey (Scholars Portal), Anthony Petryk (University of Ottawa), and Weiwei Shi (University of Alberta).

DMP Assistant is a national, open, bilingual data management planning tool that provides specialized guidance to all researchers in Canada, taking them step-by-step through a series of questions to help them achieve research data stewardship.

The first iteration of this customization guide is currently available in English from the Portage website; please contact us if you have any questions.

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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

Weiwei Shi, Digital Initiative Applications Librarian, University of Alberta
weiwei.shi@ualberta.ca

Portage Council of Chairs Hold Inaugural Meeting

OTTAWA, July 20, 2016. – The Portage Network’s Council of Chairs held their inaugural in-person meeting earlier this month in Toronto.

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The Portage Council of Chairs consists of the Chairs of all active expert groups. Currently these focus on data management planning, curation, preservation, discovery, research intelligence, and training. These Chairs, along with the Portage Director, the Executive Director of CARL, CARL’s Research Associate, and the President of CARL, met on Friday, July 8, 2016 in the Gerstein Science Information Centre at the University of Toronto. Discussions covered a review of Portage accomplishments over the past year, plans for each expert group going into 2017, and budget items associated with each group’s planned activities.

More information about the Council is available on the Portage website.


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).

Collaborative Research Intelligence by Portage Network and Partners

July 18, 2016 – Portage is developing a number of initiatives and partnerships in order to study the research data management needs of Canadian researchers in a wide range of disciplines.

Research Intelligence on Data Management in Canada

Portage has launched a new expert group dedicated to producing, collecting, and disseminating evidence about research data management practices in Canada. The Research Intelligence Expert Group (RIEG) will organize and publish materials describing the state of research data management in Canada and will provide a clearinghouse for resources useful to institutional support of RDM. Inquiries about this expert group can be directed to Dylanne Dearborn (University of Toronto Libraries), who is the Chair of RIEG, or Chuck Humphrey, Director of Portage.

The Research Data Management Survey Consortium Joins with Portage

A consortium of university libraries consisting of Dalhousie University, McGill University, Queen’s University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo, has agreed to work with Portage to organize and share surveys on research data management. Based on a University of Toronto study of researchers in engineering and the sciences, the Consortium members agreed to replicate this RDM survey on their campuses and then to pool the results.

Portage has agreed to provide this Consortium with organizational support by providing a clearinghouse for its materials and by helping other Canadian universities administer the survey at their institutions. More information on the Research Data Management Survey Consortium is available on the Portage website.

Survey to Discover Research Data Management Needs of Social Sciences and Humanities Researchers in Canada

The Portage Research Intelligence Expert Group is working with members of the Research Data Management Survey Consortium and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to identify the research data management needs of this research community. The results from these surveys will inform SSHRC about the current RDM practices and requirements of researchers who apply for funding from their agency. Combining the lessons learned from these surveys with the directions set in the policy framework provided through the recently adopted Tri-agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, SSHRC will be better positioned to introduce new data stewardship requirements for data produced through public funding.


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).

Tri-Agency Statement on Digital Data Management

July 18, 2016 – A Tri-agency working group, in consultation with the research community, has published a statement of principles on digital data management. The Portage Network welcomes the announcement of these principles, which were officially posted on the Government’s Science website on June 15, 2016 and provide guidance for data policies that address data sharing, the reproducibility of research findings, open science practices, data access, digital stewardship, and data preservation.

The practice of data management plans was listed as a research expectation that considers the state of data across all stages of the research lifecycle. The Portage DMP Assistant is a bilingual, free web service open to the whole research community to prepare data management plans.


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).

CARL Response to Open Government consultation

July 15, 2016 – Last week, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and Portage submitted a response to the June 2016 consultation on the draft new plan on Open Government. Specifically addressing the plan’s commitment to increased openness of federal science activities, five recommendations were made that together promote a vision of open science where infrastructure and services are distributed across institutions and departments, yet community governed. While institutions and departments manage content locally, these collections interoperate through the adoption of common, open standards and shared platform services. This model fosters organizational flexibility and innovation, while increasing the sustainability of an open science ecosystem.

Select “Submit” in order to be taken to this response (PDF) on the CARL/ABRC website.

New website for the Portage Network

OTTAWA, April 18, 2016 ­— The Portage Network has just launched a website that will support the various components and communities central to the shared stewardship of research data in Canada.

As Portage develops and as our various expert groups continue their work, this site will grow, with new content expected in coming months.

The Portage Network is dedicated to:

  • Developing a national research data culture;
  • Fostering a community of practice for research data;
  • Building national research data services and infrastructure.

Launched in 2014 by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Portage works within the library community to coordinate expertise, services, and technology in research data management, seeking to collaborate with other research data management stakeholders.

The full Portage website is available at https://portagenetwork.ca

Portage’s data management tool, DMP Assistant, released in October 2015, can now be accessed at: https://assistant.portagenetwork.ca 

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has also recently releasing its redesigned and reconfigured website at http://carl-abrc.ca.

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For more information, please contact Chuck Humphrey, Portage Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries (chuck.humphrey@ualberta.ca) or Lise Brin, Project Officer, Canadian Association of Research Libraries (lise.brin@carl-abrc.ca).


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).

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