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Portage Explores Research Data Management in Canada at RDA 10th Plenary Collocated Event

As part of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) 10th Plenary Collocation Event in Montreal, QC, Portage is hosting a day of activities on September 18 dedicated to a Canadian community of practice for research data management (RDM).

The day will begin with a morning plenary session that will open with a keynote address providing an account of RDM in Canada today and its future directions. Following the keynote, a panel discussion will bring together the Chairs of the Portage Expert Groups to discuss the various ways their groups are helping to move RDM forward in Canada.

In the afternoon, participants will be offered a choice between two workshops:

  • Portage and Data Management Plans in Canada: The Policies, Templates, and Platform
    This workshop will provide an overview of data management plans and their value to researchers and those involved in providing research services on campus. Practical instruction on the use of the Portage Data Stewardship template and the online DMP Assistant platform will be provided. This session is directed at students, researchers and data managers.

  • Portage Supported Research Data Management Platforms
    This workshop will provide an overview of Portage-supported RDM platforms with an examination of the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) and Dataverse. This will allow participants to review key considerations and opportunities for integrating these platforms into local data services. This workshop is directed primarily at librarians and research data managers.

There will be no registration fee for these events, however, participants will be required to register in advance. Please note that registration for the workshops will be limited on a first register, first serve basis. For more information, please contact Jane Fry (, Chair, Portage Training Expert Group.

Portage and Compute Canada:
An initiative of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Portage was established in 2015 to support the shared stewardship of research data through a Network of Expertise that assists libraries with providing RDM services on their campuses and through partnerships with infrastructure providers to make RDM platforms widely available.

In 2016, Compute Canada and CARL announced that they will collaborate to build a scalable national platform for research data management and discovery. The partnership joins information management expertise from the CARL Portage Network with information technology expertise from Compute Canada to develop services that researchers need to respond to the demands of data-intensive research and to comply with funding bodies’ data sharing policies. The envisioned solution will use a federated storage model. Institutions will be able to support data repositories or storage arrays within their institutions or regions that would become part of the national system. Data stored on those arrays would be discoverable through the national search interface and would be downloadable by any researcher with the required access rights.