DDEG Working Groups

Portage Data Discovery Expert Group – Working Groups

The Portage Network of Expertise consists of six expert groups providing direction, advice, and support for research data management (RDM) in Canadian universities. These expert groups work with professionals in our university libraries who are providing research data management services on their local campuses. Contributing to the development of an RDM community of practice, expert groups will issue calls to the library community seeking volunteers for short-term, specific projects that will identify and inform the research community of RDM best practices.

The Portage Data Discovery Expert Group (DDEG) is working on a collaborative and cohesive strategy for data discovery in Canada. They have published a white paper on factors critically related to this topic and have formed working groups to build upon the foundations of this white paper.

Current Working Groups:

Past Working Groups:

  • The DEG Collections Development Working Group: This group will propose a collections development policy to guide the scope of research data to be included in FRDR and to serve as a model for other data repositories. The collections development policy will also help articulate the relationship between data repositories and researchers, data curators, and research organizations across government and academic institutions. Please see the Terms of Reference for the Collections Development Working Group.
  • The DEG Metadata Working Group: This group will propose best practices for the metadata used by data discovery services and data repositories, including FRDR.  An evaluation of existing metadata mappings, crosswalks, and ontologies for research data will be conducted.  Recommendations will be made to researchers, curators, and data repository providers about metadata standards, best practices, and licensing. This working group will also consider mechanisms to link datasets with other scholarly outputs. Please see the Terms of Reference for the Metadata Working Group.
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