Collaborative Research Intelligence by Portage Network and Partners

July 18, 2016 – Portage is developing a number of initiatives and partnerships in order to study the research data management needs of Canadian researchers in a wide range of disciplines.

Research Intelligence on Data Management in Canada

Portage has launched a new expert group dedicated to producing, collecting, and disseminating evidence about research data management practices in Canada. The Research Intelligence Expert Group (RIEG) will organize and publish materials describing the state of research data management in Canada and will provide a clearinghouse for resources useful to institutional support of RDM. Inquiries about this expert group can be directed to Dylanne Dearborn (University of Toronto Libraries), who is the Chair of RIEG, or Chuck Humphrey, Director of Portage.

The Research Data Management Survey Consortium Joins with Portage

A consortium of university libraries consisting of Dalhousie University, McGill University, Queen’s University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo, has agreed to work with Portage to organize and share surveys on research data management. Based on a University of Toronto study of researchers in engineering and the sciences, the Consortium members agreed to replicate this RDM survey on their campuses and then to pool the results.

Portage has agreed to provide this Consortium with organizational support by providing a clearinghouse for its materials and by helping other Canadian universities administer the survey at their institutions. More information on the Research Data Management Survey Consortium is available on the Portage website.

Survey to Discover Research Data Management Needs of Social Sciences and Humanities Researchers in Canada

The Portage Research Intelligence Expert Group is working with members of the Research Data Management Survey Consortium and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to identify the research data management needs of this research community. The results from these surveys will inform SSHRC about the current RDM practices and requirements of researchers who apply for funding from their agency. Combining the lessons learned from these surveys with the directions set in the policy framework provided through the recently adopted Tri-agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, SSHRC will be better positioned to introduce new data stewardship requirements for data produced through public funding.


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 (CARL).

For more information, please contact Chuck Humphrey, Portage Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries (chuck.humphrey@ualberta.ca).

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