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.