The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)’s Portage Network and Compute Canada (CC) are collaborating to provide a scalable, federated platform for digital research data management (RDM) and discovery. They are pleased to announce that the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) service has now launched in full production. Anyone can now use FRDR to search for and download data across Canadian repositories and faculty members, or their designates, from Canadian post-secondary institutions may use FRDR to publish their data.

A demo version of the FRDR site is available for training and testing purposes. The FRDR demo can be used to learn about the platform's search and data deposit features. As much as possible, the demo will be kept up-to-date with the latest version of the FRDR platform. Please note that all data deposited into the demo will be considered "test" data and will only be available temporarily.


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.


FRDR Features

Repository Services

Discovery Services

Preservation Services


Lee Wilson, Portage Service Manager, oversees the FRDR service.

The Steering Committee comprises representatives from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) Portage Network, the Compute Canada Federation (CCF), the FRDR development team, FRDR host sites, NDRIO, and the end user community via the User Advisory Committee Chair. Current membership includes:



Special thanks to Umar Qasim, University of Alberta, who was part of the original steering committee.

Development and Operations Team

Special thanks to Keith Jeffrey, the former Project Manager, who has since retired. Special thanks to Melanie Parlette-Stewart, former Portage Training Coordinator, for her involvement in FRDR.

Project Timeline

Geodisy Project

FRDR’s map search is an open source discovery tool powered by Geodisy that allows users to find data using an interactive map. The map search only includes datasets from repositories indexed by FRDR that contain geospatial information. Data is discoverable based on its location, which is determined from bounding box metadata, place name metadata, or geospatial files. When available, individual geospatial files are previewed on record pages as visual overlays. Geospatial files can be downloaded directly and ISO 19139 metadata is made available for all records.