Category: News

Portage Progress Report for the period of October – December 2018

February 11, 2019 – The Portage progress report for the fourth quarter of 2018 is now available. It summarizes Portage activities and accomplishments corresponding to the goals outlined in the Portage Business Plan: 2017-2018 and provides an update on Portage operations and communications undertaken in this period.

Read the progress report in English or in French.

Portage Data Management Planning Expert Group Call for Participation in Working Group

January 25, 2019 – The Portage Data Management Planning Expert Group (DMPEG) is establishing a working group to develop a searchable, accessible, and multidisciplinary repository of example data management plans for the research community to consult while writing their own. Please see the Terms of Reference for DMPEG DMP Repository Working Group.

If you would like to join this working group or recommend a colleague for this group, please contact Carla Graebner (cgraebne@sfu.ca), Chair of DMPEG and Jeff Moon (portagedir@carl-abrc.ca), Portage Director, with a brief expression of interest. Submission deadline is February 8, 2019.

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About CARL and Portage:

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) provides leadership on behalf of Canada’s research libraries, promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and enhances its members’ capacity to advance research and higher education. CARL members include Canada’s 29 largest university libraries and two federal institutions. CARL has launched Portage, comprising a library-based network of expertise on Research Data Management (RDM) and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data.

Portage Training Expert Group Call for Participation in Working Group

January 25, 2019 – The Portage Training Expert Group (TEG) is establishing a working group to develop a web-based basic training module for learning about data repositories. It is intended for audiences of the following communities of practice: researchers; librarians and data stewards; service and infrastructure providers; and policy makers and administrators. Please see the Terms of Reference for the TEG Data Repositories 101 Working Group.

If you would like to join this working group or recommend a colleague for this group, please contact Jane Fry (JaneFry@CUNET.CARLETON.CA), Chair of TEG, and Jeff Moon (portagedir@carl-abrc.ca), Portage Director, with a brief expression of interest. Submission deadline is February 8, 2019.

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About CARL and Portage:

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) provides leadership on behalf of Canada’s research libraries, promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and enhances its members’ capacity to advance research and higher education. CARL members include Canada’s 29 largest university libraries and two federal institutions. CARL has launched Portage, comprising a library-based network of expertise on Research Data Management (RDM) and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data.

Portage Progress Report for the period of July – September 2018

November 5, 2018 – The Portage progress report for the third quarter of 2018 is now available. It summarizes Portage activities and accomplishments corresponding to the goals outlined in the Portage Business Plan: 2017-2018 and provides an update on Portage operations and communications undertaken in this period.

Read the progress report in English or in French.

Call for Participation: Portage Research Intelligence Expert Group

September 6, 2018 – Portage is currently seeking expressions of interest to join its Research Intelligence Expert Group (RIEG). The objective of REIG is to provide Portage with intelligence on research data management (RDM) in Canada.

RIEG members will identify and work to address knowledge gaps in a variety of RDM related topics.  Members will work closely with other Portage groups and provide oversight of targeted studies that gather supporting evidence.  We are seeking volunteers from both the library and broader research community (e.g. data managers, curators, researchers) who can contribute their in-depth expertise in various fields of research.

If you would like to join RIEG or to learn more, please contact Dylanne Dearborn (dylanne.dearborn@utoronto.ca) (Chair of RIEG) and Jeff Moon (portagedir@carl-abrc.ca) (Portage Director) with a brief expression of interest. Submission deadline is September 21st, 2018.

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About CARL and Portage:

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) provides leadership on behalf of Canada’s research libraries, promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and enhances its members’ capacity to advance research and higher education. CARL members include Canada’s 29 largest university libraries and two federal institutions. CARL has launched Portage, comprising a library-based network of expertise on Research Data Management (RDM) and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data.

Appointment of Sarah Wilkinson as a CARL Project Officer

September 6, 2018 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Wilkinson as a CARL Project Officer. Ms. Wilkinson recently completed her Master of Information at the University of Toronto and is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Victoria. During her studies she interned at University of Toronto Libraries and taught at the University of Victoria. Her responsibilities at CARL will include communications, support to the Assessment Committee and Statistics Program, as well as supporting Portage operations on a half-time basis. She will be based at the CARL office in Ottawa.

A new comprehensive overview of the Portage Network: “Addressing Gaps in Canadian Research Data Management.”

September 5, 2018 – Steven N. Liss, Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at Ryerson University and Chair of the Portage Advisory Committee, has written an article for University Affairs entitled ‘Addressing Gaps in Canadian Research Data Management.’ A comprehensive overview of the Portage Network, it describes how the Network of Experts and other stakeholders are working to develop the tools, resources, and services Canadian researchers need to meet the RDM challenges ahead. [Full Text]

Portage Comments on Draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy

Portage’s draft response to the Tri-Agency RDM Policy is now available online. Three Town Hall teleconferences, with over 30 participants, helped inform this response. Portage welcomes any feedback from the community and plans to submit a final formal response by the August 31st deadline set by the Tri-Agencies. (PDF)

Portage Progress Report: Spring 2018

July 19, 2018 – The Portage progress report for the second quarter of 2018 is now available. It summarizes Portage activities and accomplishments corresponding to the goals outlined in the Portage Business Plan: 2017-2018 and provides an update on Portage operations and communications undertaken in this period.

Read the progress report in English or in French.

Highlights from this reporting period include:

  • The release of the Preservation Expert Group’s White Paper, Research Data Preservation in Canada.
  • Portage submissions to the CANARIE RDM funding call.
  • Progress made on version 2.0 of the DMP Assistant.
  • FRDR’s repository services are being offered to a growing list of Canadian researchers.
  • Work towards a national instance of Dataverse (as proposed by Dataverse North’s Business Models Sub-Group).
  • Working Group on Responsible RDM Practices for Sensitive Data establishes three sub-groups.
  • Portage response to the Tri-Agency RDM Policy Consultation.
  • Portage and Compute Canada work to develop a common and collaborative vision of ARC and RDM within the realm of DRI to share with ISED.

 

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