Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a participant in the CANARIE Research Software Program to use the Canadian Research Software Registry?

No, all registered items are free to use for research purposes.

I’m not currently a participant in CANARIE’s Research Software Program, but I’d like to contribute my own software service or platform to the Research Software Registry. Is that possible?

Absolutely. CANARIE relies on community contributions to help grow the ecosystem to benefit all researchers. Please contact [email protected] to discuss.

I see that along with Platforms, the Research Software Registry also contains Services. What are those?

Services are smaller software components that typically contribute one piece of functionality to a Platform. Some of our Platform contributors have extracted Services from their Platforms that they feel will be of value to other Platform developers and contributed those as well.

What are the Services and Platforms listed as “Coming Soon” on the Research Software Registry?

Coming Soon services and platforms are currently under active development. We publish these resources to let developers know that new functionality will soon be available. If you would like to contact the contributors of a Coming Soon Service or Platform for more information, let us know at [email protected]. We’ll be happy to facilitate an introduction.

I see that there are three classes of Services – Managed, Self-deployed and Integrated. What are the differences?

This document describes the differences.

How can I keep up to date with events related to CANARIE’s Research Software Program?

You can subscribe to our newsletter here. Past editions of the newsletter are archived here.

I’m interested in using one of the Research Platforms registered on the Research Software Registry. Is that possible?

If you want to use the deployed instance of a registered Platform, please contact the owners listed on the Platform detail’s page. If a Platform is listed as “Self-Deployed”, you will be able to download source code or other release media and deploy an instance on your own hardware or cloud resource.

Program News

June 02, 2022

Evolution of Research Software supporting world-class discovery transitions from CANARIE to the Digital Research Alliance of Canada

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November 26, 2020

To Equip Canadian Researchers with Powerful Software Tools and Expertise, CANARIE Awards $3.6M to Six Institutions to Fund Local Research Software Development Teams

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October 15, 2020

To Spur Software Re-use in Research, CANARIE Awards up to $3.4M to Research Teams to Evolve their Platforms for Use by Other Researchers

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