UBC Library Contributes Search Interface to Federated Research Data Repository

October 24, 2016. – Portage and Compute Canada are pleased to partner with the University of British Columbia Library in adopting their UBC Open Collections user interface. This search tool has been selected as the discovery interface for the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) software being developed by Compute Canada and Portage as part of Canada’s digital infrastructure for research data.

The FRDR project has adopted code from UBC Library’s Open Collections (provided through an open source license via Github) as the user interface for the data discovery component of the FRDR platform. The development team for this project evaluated three potential interfaces and found the UBC code to be the best documented and the most suited for the design and functionality recommended in the recently released Portage Discovery Expert Group whitepaper.

In the spirit of open source, the project group expects to contribute back some features to the code base, such as the internationalization of the interface to support French and English, geographic and location-based discovery, as well as an extension of supported metadata schemas.

Portage and Compute Canada joined forces to develop a Federated Research Data Repository in January 2016, following a successful pilot project conducted in the summer of 2015. Among the features of the repository is a federated framework to allow the research data in Canadian data repositories to be discovered from a single, coherent search engine. At the same time, it will also offer a flexible repository and preservation processing for Canadian researchers and institutions who do not have a solution already in place.

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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 (CARL).

For more information, please contact:

Chuck Humphrey, Portage
Director, Canadian Association of Research Libraries

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