Portage Training Expert Group – Call for Participation

Portage Training Expert Group Call for Participation in 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 library professionals who provide RDM support 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 inform the research community about RDM best practices.

The Portage RDM Training Expert Group (TEG) is engaged in RDM capacity building in Canada’s universities. This includes the creation of online training materials related to RDM. They recently published a White Paper on Canada’s RDM training landscape and are now forming two working groups to fill an existing gap in Canadian web-based RDM training materials.

TEG is starting with these two working groups:

  • The TEG RDM 101 Working Group: This group will develop a web-based training module introducing general RDM topics that complements RDM web content available through some websites for academic libraries in Canada. It will offer a basic introduction while integrating existing library web content on RDM. The intended audiences include researchers, librarians and data stewards, service and infrastructure providers, and policy makers and administrators. TEG will provide guidance to this working group. Carol Perry (from the University of Guelph and a member of TEG) will be the lead for this working group. Please see the Terms of Reference for the TEG RDM 101 Working Group.
  • The TEG DMP Working Group: This group will develop a web-based training module on Data Management Plans (DMPs). Working in collaboration with Canadian libraries that currently offer assistance with DMPs, this working group will develop an overview of DMP topics. The intended audiences include researchers, librarians and data stewards, service and infrastructure providers, and policy makers and administrators. James Doiron (from the University of Alberta and a member of TEG) will be the lead for this working group. Please see the Terms of Reference for the TEG DMP Working Group.

We are now seeking volunteers from the university library community to join one of these working groups. If you would like to participate or to recommend a colleague for one of these groups, please contact Jane Fry, Chair of TEG at jane.fry@carleton.ca, indicating the group in which you are interested. We are asking that you respond by March 22, 2017. If you have further questions about this process please contact Chuck Humphrey (Portage Director) at chuck.humphrey@ualberta.ca.

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