Call for Participation: The FAST & the FRDR Working Group

March 20, 2019 – Portage’s Data Discovery Expert Group is convening a new working group to improve the FRDR Discovery Service, which helps to de-silo Canadian research data by providing a single search portal for more than 100,000 metadata records indexed from over 40 Canadian governmental, institutional, and domain-specific data repositories. The goal of this project will be to map subject keywords to the Online Computer Library Center’s (OCLC) Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST) using the open source OpenRefine software. This important work will increase the discoverability of Canadian research data by providing a controlled vocabulary for subject keywords.

Working Group members will be expected to serve for 12 months, starting in April 2019. If you would like to join this working group or recommend a colleague please contact Lee Wilson, Service Manager, Portage Network (, with a brief expression of interest. Submission deadline is April 5, 2019.  More information may be found in the draft Terms of Reference.

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