Portage Webinar: Research Data Preservation in Canada

Date: June 9, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Location: Online


COVID-19 has changed the world. In response, Canadian researchers from across disciplines are working tirelessly to understand, treat, mitigate and ultimately defeat this disease. While it’s daunting to think of the future during such a challenging moment, we need to be asking ourselves now, “how do we ensure that researchers of the future have the information they need to understand today’s pandemic?”

In this webinar, members of the Portage Preservation Expert Group will provide an introduction to research data preservation, including an overview of current service options and emerging infrastructure developments in Canada. Attendees will also learn about best practices for long-term data preservation, and engage in a discussion about how we can more effectively work together to address today’s pressing preservation challenges.

Presented by:

Beth Knazook (Portage)

Corey Davis (University of Victoria and CARL)

Jonathan Dorey (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)

This webinar will be presented in English and recorded. Engagement during the webinar in both official languages is welcomed. Previous webinar recordings are available on the CARL YouTube Channel. Links to the recordings and slides can also be found on Portage Training Resources.

About the Presenters:

Beth Knazook is the Preservation Coordinator at Portage. Beth Knazook trained as a photographic preservation specialist at Ryerson University/George Eastman Museum, and has worked as the Curatorial Specialist for Ryerson University Archives & Special Collections, Photo Archivist for the Stratford Festival and, most recently, Digitization Project Manager for the Huron County Library. She has been involved in a number of digitization and cataloging projects over the years, and teaches courses on the care and management of digital image collections for Library Juice Academy. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Art and Visual Culture at Western University.

Corey Davis is Digital Preservation Librarian at the University of Victoria and Visiting Program Officer at CARL. He has been working in academic libraries for 15 years, most recently as Digital Preservation Coordinator for the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL). He is active in several national preservation efforts in Canada, including as a founding member of CARL’s Digital Preservation Working Group, and as founder and chair of the Canadian Web Archiving Coalition. Most recently, he became Chair of CARL Portage’s Preservation Expert Group.

Jonathan Dorey is a research officer in research data management at Institut national de la recherche scientifique, École nationale d’administration publique, and Université TÉLUQ. He holds a bachelor in translation and a master and PhD in information studies. He discovered his interest in information management and preservation while managing bilingual terminological databases. He is a member of the Portage Preservation Expert Group, of the Preservation Working Group of BCI’s Libraries Subcommittee, and outgoing treasurer of the Association of Canadian Archivists.

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