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Compute Canada and Portage Announce Beta Testing Stage of Federated Research Data Repository

OTTAWA, ON (June 16, 2017) – Compute Canada and the Canadian Association of Research Library’s Portage network are pleased to announce that their work towards the development of the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) has advanced to the beta testing stage.

FRDR will address a longstanding gap in Canada’s research infrastructure by providing a single platform from which research data can be ingested, curated, preserved, discovered, cited and shared. The platform’s federated search tool will provide a focal point to discover and access Canadian research data, while the range of services provided by FRDR will help researchers store and manage their data, preserve their research for future use, and comply with institutional and funding agency data management requirements.

At this point, both the user interface and the underlying functionality of the software is being evaluated. Testing will be based on a wide range of users depositing a variety of datasets. In addition, information will be gathered on the reactions of users with varying degrees of familiarity with data repositories. 
FRDR is scheduled for release in early 2018.

For more information on FRDR, please visit or watch the video demonstration of the beta platform.