CARL and CAUL-CBUA Collaborate to Advance Data Management and Digital Preservation Needs of the Canadian Research Community


June 12 2017 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Council of Atlantic University Libraries / Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l’Atlantique (CAUL-CBUA) announced today the signing of an agreement that will see both organizations work together to advance regional and national issues relating to the data management and digital preservation needs of the Canadian research community.

This partnership brings together the collective expertise, resources and influence from CAUL-CBUA member institutions and CARL’s Portage Network to focus on building connections between research data management and effective digital preservation.

Chuck Humphrey, Director of the CARL Portage Network, stated that “the expertise of CAUL-CBUA member institutions will assist Portage in building nation-wide communities of practice for the management and long-term preservation of research data”. Donna Bourne-Tyson, CARL President and Vice-Chair of CAUL-CBUA, commented that both organizations “will work together to enhance communications and create formal mechanisms for effective CAUL-CBUA-wide engagement with Portage”.

Marc Truitt, Chair of CAUL-CBUA and University Librarian at Mount Allison University, noted that “this relationship with Portage will provide CAUL-CBUA member institutions with a ‘seat at the table’ with other stakeholders in the mainstream of Canadian research data management and preservation practice. It will enable us to draw on the experiences of other communities, while simultaneously contributing to the larger conversation the many lessons we’ve learned in Atlantic Canada.”

About CARL and Portage

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.


CAUL-CBUA is a collaborative partnership of 19 post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada. It is a dynamic community of librarians and library staff bringing valuable experience and a willingness to ensure the best quality of service to meet user needs. All members of the consortium are actively involved in pursuing innovative and cost-effective ways to benefit our faculty and students. Collaboration maximizes benefits to, and builds capacity within, our member institutions.


Chuck Humphrey
Director, Portage

Marc Truitt

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