Event summary: Portage and Research Data Management in Canada

September 26, 2017 – Portage held a successful event on September 18, 2017, entitled “Portage and Research Data Management in Canada”, that was co-located with the 10th RDA Plenary in Montreal, Quebec, and which drew more than 100 participants representing over 40 research organizations from across Canada.

The day of activities began with keynote presentations discussing data policy in Canada from the funding agency and researcher perspectives, delivered by Matthew Lucas,  Executive Director,‎ Corporate Strategy and Performance, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, (view slides here) and Lyne Da Sylva, Associate Professor, Université de Montréal (view slides here).

The morning concluded with a panel discussion of the Portage Council of Chairs describing how the work of their expert groups is helping advance research data management (RDM) in Canada, and contributing to the development of a community of practice (view slides here). A copy of the live streaming video from the morning session is also available to view online.

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

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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