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USask and SFU teams at helm of national efforts to improve data management, discovery, access

On February 3, 2021, Portage’s Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) officially launched into full production! Congratulations to everyone behind the scenes who made this milestone possible, in particular the WestGrid team members who led the development efforts at the University of Saskatchewan and Simon Fraser University, many of whom have been involved with the project since 2016!

  • Jason Hlady, Associate Director, Research and Library Technology, University of Saskatchewan
  • Neha Milan, Operations Lead, University of Saskatchewan
  • Todd Trann, Technical Lead, University of Saskatchewan
  • Mike Winter, Senior Developer, University of Saskatchewan
  • Adam McKenzie, Research Data Management Analyst, University of Saskatchewan
  • Joel Farthing, Developer, University of Saskatchewan
  • Alex Garnett, Research Data Management & Systems Librarian, Simon Fraser University
  • Jin Zhang, Developer, Simon Fraser University

Alongside colleagues at Portage, the Compute Canada Federation, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the University of Waterloo, and the University of Toronto, they've helped drive FRDR's national efforts to enable discovery of and access to Canadian research data, with FRDR’s repository services helping researchers store and manage their data, preserve their research for future use, and comply with institutional and funding agency data management requirements.


FRDR Full Production - Features & Benefits

  • Publish research data in a Canadian-owned, bilingual national repository option
  • 1 TB of repository storage available to all faculty members at Canadian post-secondary institutions -- more storage may be available upon request
  • Secure repository storage, distributed geographically across multiple Compute Canada Federation hosting sites
  • Data curation support provided by Portage
  • Ability to work with multiple collaborators on a single submission
  • Your data will be discoverable alongside other Canadian collections in the FRDR Discovery Portal FRDR is designed to address a longstanding gap in Canada's research infrastructure by providing researchers with a robust repository option into which large research datasets can be ingested, curated, processed for preservation, discovered, cited, and shared.


Webinars / More Information

Portage is offering webinars on FRDR to help researchers, faculty, librarians, and others learn how to use the platform for data sharing, deposit, and discovery. Whether you are new to FRDR or have used it in limited production, these webinars will help you get the most out of the platform.

For more details and other training / onboarding materials, click here.

FRDR is made possible through a collaboration between Portage, the Compute Canada Federation and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, with development and infrastructure support from the University of SaskatchewanSimon Fraser University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Toronto. More information about FRDR and its partners can be found at

If you have any questions or would like to know more about FRDR, please contact Funding in support of the Portage Network’s stewardship of research data within Canada is administered through the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO).

History / Project Timeline

  • January 2016: The software development project was started, following an earlier pilot project that identified scalability and preservation as key elements of the service that was needed.
  • September 2016: Alpha testing of the user interfaces was started thanks to the contribution of discovery interface code developed by the University of British Columbia.
  • April 2017: Beta testing was started and the project was put in limited production mode with a small number of research groups.
  • August 2019: CANARIE announced $2M of funding to CARL Portage, of which a portion is going towards moving FRDR into full production.
  • September 2020: Funding in support of the development of FRDR is administered through the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO).
  • February 2021: FRDR’s repository services launched in full production!