Portage Network Releases White Paper on Research Data Preservation in Canada

May 17, 2018. – The Portage Network has just released a white paper entitled Research Data Preservation in Canada, written by members of the Portage Preservation Expert Group (PEG), on behalf of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries: Umar Qasim – PEG Chair (University of Alberta), Corey Davis (University of Victoria and Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries), Alex Garnett (Simon Fraser University), Steve Marks (University of Toronto), Michael Moosberger (Dalhousie University).

The Preservation Expert Group (PEG) was created to advise Portage on developing research data management (RDM) infrastructure and best practices for preserving research data and metadata in Canada. The members of PEG have written this White Paper as a foundation document to describe the current digital preservation landscape, highlighting some of the digital preservation work already being undertaken in Canada, and to identify challenges that need to be addressed by Portage and other stakeholders to develop and improve RDM capacity and infrastructure across the country. This White

Paper is intended to stimulate discussion of digital preservation initiatives and directions in Canada, and how Portage, in collaboration with other stakeholders, can play a role in helping to define and advance these initiatives.

Research Data Preservation in Canada (PDF) 

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About Portage:

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.

For more information, please contact:

Umar Qasim, Chair, Portage Preservation Expert Group


Jeffrey Moon, Portage Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries


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