CANARIE announces $2M in funding to CARL Portage and its partners to strengthen Research Data Management ecosystem in Canada

Funding supports researchers’ access to critical data management tools and services that facilitate the reuse of research data

The ability for Canadian researchers to find and reuse research data accelerates discovery and innovation.

[Ottawa, ON]

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital research infrastructure ecosystem supporting research, education and innovation, today announced $2M in funding to support the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) Portage Network. CARL Portage is a national, library-based research data management (RDM) network that fosters initiatives to build capacity and to coordinate activities in research data management.

The ability to manage and reuse research data helps accelerate discovery, allows for reproducibility of scientific results, and maximizes return on investment of research funding. Research data management best practices help ensure the accessibility and protection of data during the research lifecycle and beyond, and help meet growing requirements of research ethics and reproducibility, along with evolving funder policies.

This funding broadens the functionality of current Portage services and tools and adds capacity to national RDM resources. Key projects funded by this investment augment and strengthen CARL Portage’s national data stewardship activities and capitalize on the momentum of its foundational work to date.  It will allow continued development and operationalization of national, collaborative RDM platforms, tools, and services including:

  • Federated Research Data Repository & National Discovery Service (in partnership with Compute Canada Federation including regional partners, University of Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser University, and University of Toronto);
  • National Instance of Dataverse (in partnership with OCUL Scholars Portal, University of Toronto); and
  • Data Management Planning Assistant (in partnership with University of Alberta and CASRAI).

The first two services support data deposit, discovery, and subsequent reuse by providing robust, multidisciplinary data repository options for Canadian researchers.  The third provides researchers with an easy-to-use online tool that facilitates the creation of data management plans. All of these initiatives support RDM best practices and emerging funder requirements.

“Providing researchers with robust tools and services is essential to support world-class research,” says Jim Ghadbane, President and CEO of CANARIE. “The ability for Canadian researchers to find and reuse research data accelerates discovery and innovation.”

“Through Portage, research libraries in Canada have been world-leaders in recent years in developing research data management expertise, communities of practice, and data services and infrastructure to advance Canadian research excellence,” says Jonathan Bengtson, President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. “The investment by CANARIE will strengthen the shared stewardship of research data in Canada to ensure our faculty and researchers can compete on the global stage.”

For more information:

Ela Yazdani
Director, Communications
(613) 943-5432
[email protected]

Jeff Moon
Portage Network
(613) 533-6000 x 77992
[email protected]


CANARIE strengthens Canadian leadership in science and technology by delivering digital infrastructure that supports world-class research and innovation.

CANARIE and its twelve provincial and territorial partners form Canada’s National Research and Education Network. This ultra-high-speed network connects Canada’s researchers, educators and innovators to each other and to global data, technology, and colleagues.

Beyond the network, CANARIE funds and promotes reusable research software tools and national research data management initiatives to accelerate discovery, provides identity management services to the academic community, and offers advanced networking and cloud resources to boost commercialization in Canada’s technology sector.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the majority of its funding provided by the Government of Canada.

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About CARL

CARL provides leadership and fosters collaboration among Canada’s largest research libraries to advance scholarship and higher education. It promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

Launched in 2015 by CARL, Portage works within the library community to coordinate expertise, services, and technology in research data management, seeking to collaborate with other research data management stakeholders. The mission of Portage is to contribute actively to RDM in Canada through a sustainable network of library-based services and collaborative infrastructure.

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