Portage Summer 2021 Highlights
As we head into fall, Portage would like to share highlights from the summer, including the results of the NDRIO-Portage COVID-19 Data Curation Funding Call, new training resources and French resources, as well as updates to the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR). Read on to learn more.
In April 2021, we launched the COVID-19 Data Curation Funding Call, which dedicated $336,000 in federal funding to eligible research projects for the stewardship and curation of research data. Following a competitive adjudication process, 11 research projects were selected to receive up to $42,000 each, as well as support from the Portage Data Curation Team. Details of the recipients will be shared soon. This initiative will help to ensure that valuable research data remain accessible and reusable into the future.
The National Training Expert Group published several new resources to help researchers, RDM facilitators, and institutions follow best practices in RDM and comply with funder policies and the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy.
These videos cover the first two strategy components outlined in Portage’s Institutional RDM Strategy Template: Raising Awareness and Assessing Institutional Readiness. There are also discussion prompts to help direct and inform conversations among those working on creating institutional strategies: Raising Awareness Discussion Prompts and Assessing Institutional Readiness Discussion Prompts.
This series of modules will help users learn about the role that research data repositories play in RDM and in meeting the requirements of the Tri-Agency RDM Policy, as well as the different types of repositories, policies and practices that affect these repositories, and considerations for choosing a repository.
Dataverse 101: Module 1 is the first of a planned series of modules on the Dataverse repository platform. This module helps users learn about the purpose, importance, and benefits of sharing research data, and gives an overview of the Dataverse platform and its key features.
Developed with Fanshawe College, this toolkit includes 13 RDM-related modules and supporting materials which colleges and small universities are encouraged to use to engage stakeholders as they build awareness, develop training, or draft institutional RDM policy. The Workshop-in-a-Box is fully customizable – topics, trainers, modules, sequence, format, duration, and activities will be determined by local contexts, stakeholders, and needs. This Workshop-in-a-Box is currently in Beta version; if you would like to provide feedback, please contact the Portage Training Coordinator, Jennifer Abel, at email@example.com.
All training resources created by Portage are licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0 and are free to share and adapt for your own needs.
The Research Intelligence Expert Group (RIEG) published the final report in the Insights series, focusing on RDM development in Canadian research institutions, including required resources, investments, challenges, and accelerators.
Insights Report #1 – RDM Support within Organizations: Budgets, Structures, Strategies
Insights Reports provide in-depth analysis of the results of the 2019 Institutional RDM Services Capacity Survey. With the recent launch of the Tri-Agency RDM Policy, RIEG plans to conduct a new study to measure progress in the implementation of policy requirements and capture the evolution of RDM capacity across institutions.
For our francophone community, we are pleased to share two new resources in French: an unofficial French translation of CoreTrustSeal Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements: Extended Guidance 2020-2022, as well as the launch of the Geodisy interface in French.
CoreTrustSeal Extended Guidance aims to facilitate the work of CoreTrustSeal reviewers and guide repositories seeking certification under the Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements. It includes the full text of the CoreTrustSeal Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements for 2020–2022, Background and General Guidance, as well as Extended Guidance for CoreTrustSeal reviewers and applicants. It also references the Glossary of Terms. This translation is unofficial and is not endorsed by CoreTrustSeal; the English version remains the authoritative version.
Geodisy is FRDR’s open-source geospatial discovery platform for Canadian open research data. With a fully bilingual interface, FRDR’s map search is more accessible to the Canadian research community. The Geodisy team has also provided a French translation for the open-source software GeoBlacklight. This is a valuable contribution to an open community that passionately supports data sharing and discovery.
The discovery of Canadian research data is getting easier with new features and collections in FRDR. In July, datasets from Nordicana D were added, bringing the total of Canadian research data repositories in FRDR’s discovery service to over 90. FRDR is also now indexing datasets from the Dryad data repository that have an author affiliated with a Canadian institution – this is the first time in FRDR’s history that it is pulling Canadian records from an international repository.
The FRDR team is also seeking input from the RDM community to help improve the FRDR discovery interface. We welcome the community to fill out a short survey – or a longer survey – or to volunteer as user testers to review new designs put forward by the FRDR Discovery Redesign Working Group. If you are interested in becoming a user tester, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the summer, we participated in the following events:
- Institutional Strategy Development Progress community call, July 13
- Data Curation Network’s All Hands Meeting, June 23
- Dataverse Community Meeting 2021, June 17
- Research Data Management for Digitally Curious Humanists, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, June 14
- Open Repositories 2021, June 9
- Association of Canadian Archivists Conference, June 8
- Université Laval Colloque sur la gestion des données de recherche en sciences humaines, June 7
- Water Institute presentation, University of Waterloo, June 4