This presentation will describe the work towards developing Portage, a national network of sustainable, shared services for research data management (RDM) in Canada. 

A description of the RDM context in Canada will be provided, including an overview of major Portage initiatives. We will also cover the heightened expectations around the Government of Canada’s Open Science plans, Tri-Council work towards the Research Data Management Policy. 

After providing this introductory background, we will specifically focus on the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) — a scalable, federated platform for digital research data management and discovery of Canadian research data, collaboratively developed by Compute Canada and Portage. 

We will discuss the discovery and harvesting mechanisms for FRDR, metadata standards used, storage options, and digital preservation pipelines to Archivematica software. Moreover, we will review the strengths and limitations of the current platform and cover expected future developments.


Eugene Barsky

Research Data Librarian, University of British Columbia

Jason Hlady

Research Computing Manager, University of Saskatchewan

Wilson Lee

Interim Service Manager, Portage/ACENET