A scalable federated platform for digital research data management and the discovery of Canadian research data

Now Open for Limited Production

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Portage, Compute Canada and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) are pleased to announce that the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) service has now finished Beta and will be entering into Limited Production.

The Limited Production version of FRDR will have many of the features and user interface design expected for full launch in the spring of 2018. Data deposit will be limited to a select number of invited researchers who will help us to refine our curation and operational service models over the next few months.

A demo version of the FRDR site will remain available for training and testing purposes. The FRDR demo can be used to learn about the platform’s search and data deposit features. As much as possible, the demo will be kept up-to-date with the latest version of the FRDR platform. Please note that all data deposited into the demo will be considered “test” data and will only be available temporarily.


FRDR will address a longstanding gap in Canada’s research infrastructure by providing a single platform from which research data can be ingestedcuratedpreserveddiscoveredcited and shared.

The platform’s federated search tool will provide a focal point to discover and access Canadian research data, while the range of services provided by FRDR will help researchers store and manage their data, preserve their research for future use, and comply with institutional and funding agency data management requirements.


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  • Federated storage model: Individual institutions or organizations can store data and collections locally by connecting their storage into FRDR.
  • Federated support model: On-campus support for researchers.
  • Scalable model: Scalable systems accommodate growth in the adoption of FRDR by researchers and in the amount of data they store.
  • National data discovery: Data collections hosted in FRDR and other existing data repositories are discoverable through a single federated search tool.
  • Data preservation: FRDR can automatically create archival packages, with metadata and alternate formats for data that are suitable for long-term preservation.
  • Access control mechanisms: Precise control over who can discover and access each data set, with support for embargo periods.
  • Data set registration: DOIs can be automatically issued and registered to data sets, with licensing arranged through DataCite Canada.