The Portage Network of Expertise consists of six expert groups providing direction, advice, and support for research data management (RDM) in Canadian universities. These expert groups work with professionals in our university libraries who are providing research data management services on their local campuses. Contributing to the development of an RDM community of practice, expert groups issue calls to the library community seeking volunteers for short-term, specific projects that will identify and inform the research community of RDM best practices.
The Portage RDM Training Expert Group (TEG) is developing a collaborative plan, course offerings, and instructional materials for RDM training in Canada. They recently published a white paper on the RDM training landscape in Canada and are now forming two working groups to begin implementation of some of the training recommendations in this paper. These working groups are:
- The RDM 101 Working Group: This group will develop a web-based training module introducing general research data management (RDM) topics complementing RDM web content available through academic libraries in Canada. It will offer a basic introduction while integrating existing library web content on RDM. The intended audiences include: researchers; librarians and data stewards; service and infrastructure providers; and policy makers and administrators. Please see the Terms of Reference for the TEG RDM 101 Working Group.
- The Data Management Plan Working Group: This group will develop a web-based training module on Data Management Plans (DMPs). Working in collaboration with Canadian libraries that currently offer assistance with DMPs, this working group will develop a basic overview of DMP topics. The intended audiences include: researchers; librarians and data stewards; service and infrastructure providers; and policy makers and administrators. Please see the Terms of Reference for the TEG DMP Working Group.
We are now seeking volunteers from the university library community to join one of these working groups. If you would like to participate or recommend a colleague for one of these groups, please contact Jane Fry, Chair of the Training Expert Group, indicating the group in which you are interested. We are asking that you respond by Wednesday, March 22, 2017. If you have further questions about this process please contact Chuck Humphrey (Portage Director).