Event summary: Portage and RDM in Canada – Toronto

February 5, 2018 – On January 30, 2018, Portage brought together stakeholders from across the academic sphere to discuss topics in research data management in Canada and the Portage network. The event was hosted by Ryerson University, and drew more than 80 participants representing over 30 organizations from across Canada.

The day of activities began with a presentation by Matthew Lucas (Executive Director,‎ Corporate Strategy and Performance, SSHRC) discussing the current Tri-Agency data management policy initiative (view slides). Jeff Moon (Director, Portage) also delivered an update on the development of the Portage network (view slides).

The morning concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Steven Liss (Vice-President Research and Innovation, Ryerson University), which brought together researchers and university administrators to speak to the topic of RDM best-practices and the need for coordinated institutional, domain, and national data management services in Canada (view panelist bios). A video recording of the morning events is also available to view online.

Concurrent workshops were offered in the afternoon: “Portage and the DMP Assistant” provided an overview of data management plans and their value to researchers and those involved in providing research services on campus (view slides); while, “Portage Supported RDM Platforms – FRDR and Dataverse” provided an overview of Portage-supported RDM platforms with an examination of the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) and Dataverse (view slides).

The event organizers wish to thank both presenters and participants for their insights and engagement, and look forward to future Portage events across the country.

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