August 8, 2016. – Portage is pleased to announce that the data management planning tool DMP Assistant has been awarded an IT Excellent Award by the University of Alberta.
Mike MacGregor, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President of Information Services and Technology at the University of Alberta, announced that the development team for DMP Assistant was selected for the University’s 2016 Information Technology Excellence Award. This award recognizes innovative uses of software technology to enhance research, teaching, and administration. DMP Assistant is a national, open, bilingual web service for data management plans adapted from the UK Digital Curation Centre’s DMPonline. Weiwei Shi from the University of Alberta Libraries led a development team consisting of local application and system analysts and of contributions from Diane Sauvé and Marie-Hélène Vézina at the Université de Montréal and from the members of the Portage DMP Expert Group, chaired by Jeff Moon from Queen’s University.
Data management plans are an internationally accepted best practice in research and were incorporated as early as 2007 in Canadian-funded research through the International Polar Year. Genome Canada has also adopted DMPs and recently the Tri-agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management identified such plans as an essential research practice. Portage is currently working with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to introduce data management plans in research that they fund. The International Development Research Centre of Canada is now conducting a pilot project that uses DMP Assistant.
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Portage is a national research data management initiative to assist researchers and other research data management stakeholders through a library-based network of expertise on RDM and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data. Portage is managed by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).
For more information, please contact:
Chuck Humphrey, Portage Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries