Portage Summer Highlights
The Portage Network is pleased to share recent highlights of our work in support of research data management, including:
- Updates on the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)
- COVID-19 Working Group publications
- Updates on the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR)
- Canadian Data Curation Forum Final Report
- Expert and Working Group activities
- TRUST Principles endorsement
- Portage operations + outreach
New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)
The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) signed an agreement for $2.86 million that will support the Portage Network’s continued contributions to national data management through stewardship platforms, services, tools, outreach and training. This agreement will eventually allow for all of Portage’s federal funding to flow through NDRIO, and will cover the period from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. With this agreement, Portage takes a step closer to integration into NDRIO. Read more.
COVID-19 Working Group Publications
The Portage COVID-19 Working Group is poised to publish five new guidance documents to help support research data management in accordance with the RDA COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations. The Group was initiated in late March 2020 with membership spanning institutions across Canada, and was led by Portage Curation Coordinator Erin Clary, Preservation Coordinator Beth Knazook, and former Training Coordinator Melanie Parlette-Stewart.
Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR)
Several repositories were added to the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) discovery service, including eight new Scholars Portal Dataverse Institutions as well as DataStream’s freshwater data collections and the CIOOS Data Catalogue. FRDR currently has over 60 Canadian research data repositories included in its discovery service, with more being added. The FRDR team is making progress towards supporting sensitive data with a new initiative from Simon Fraser University involving zero knowledge encryption. Portage has also released new instructional videos on FRDR – all are available on CARL’s YouTube channel.
Canadian Data Curation Forum Final Report
The Final Report from the Canadian Data Curation Forum (CDCF) was published in English and French. The report includes suggestions for a national approach to data curation services in Canada. These suggestions are representative of the perspectives voiced at the Community-Building Forum at CDCF, held in October 2019.
Expert and Working Group activities
The Research Intelligence Expert Group published the first of a series of Insights Reports, examining resource allocations for research data management in Canadian research institutions. This first report examines institutional budgets, policies, and organizational structures currently being leveraged for developing RDM capacity. The report is available in English and French. Additional Insights Reports will be coming this fall.
The Data Management Planning Expert Group is busy working with the Digital Curation Centre on migration to DMP Assistant 2.0. Several new DMP Exemplars from a range of disciplines are also in progress.
The Sensitive Data Expert Group made good progress on developing a sensitive data glossary, guidance for deposit-friendly language for ethics approval and informed consent, and a research data risk matrix.
TRUST Principles Endorsement
CARL and Portage endorsed the TRUST Principles for digital repositories. The Trust Principles help ensure the trustworthiness of digital repositories by guiding and promoting discussion and implementation of best practices for data management and digital preservation.
Portage Operations and Outreach
Portage welcomed Jennifer Abel into the role of Training Coordinator, as Melanie Parlette-Stewart completed her secondment and returned to the University of Guelph. Recruitment also began for a Project Officer as well as several new Coordinators and Curation Officers.
Portage’s free webinar series continues in collaboration with researchers, librarians, and data professionals across Canada to share best practices, guidance, and resources for research data management. All webinars are recorded and available on the CARL YouTube channel. Links to recordings and slides are also posted on Portage Training Resources.
Stakeholder and community engagement continued through virtual events, including:
- “Research Data Management for Humanities and Social Sciences”, Introductory Series on Digital Research Tools for Humanities and Social Sciences, presented by Lee Wilson, Portage Service Manager, July 14
- MERIDIAN’s ‘Ocean Data Management Initiatives and Infrastructure Workshop 3’, presented by Lee Wilson, June 16
More events are coming soon! See our events page for details.