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.
Fast and efficient data upload and download for large datasets through Globus File Transfer, as well as web browser transfers for smaller datasets
A fully-bilingual user interface and robust documentation available in English and French
DOI registration for datasets provides a persistent identifier that can be used for data citation
Support for multiple authentication providers, including Compute Canada, ORCID, and a growing list of Canadian postsecondary institutions
Optional embargoes on data and metadata records
Allows multiple people to collaborate on a submission
Support for Special Collections by research groups with organizational branding and links to external web content
Secure repository storage for a minimum of 10 years after deposit
Regular backups and geographically distributed storage for research data
On-site system administration and ongoing hardware maintenance
Faculty members and their designates at Canadian post-secondary institutions will have access to a large, default allocation of repository storage. Additional storage may
be provided upon request.
Curation Services (provided in coordination with researchers, data management support staff, and local institutional research data management contacts)
Create and review documentation and metadata to explain and contextualize data
Perform quality assurance through metadata inspection, file audit, and code review
Link research data documentation to author PIDs (e.g., ORCIDs) and, where relevant, grant information
Link research data documentation to other research products, e.g., data management plans, data papers, journal articles
Metadata harvesting and indexing of Canadian research data repositories, including datasets hosted in FRDR’s repository platform
Discovery interface with text-based search functionality supported by Globus search
Openly available OAI-PMH feed of harvested metadata
Geodisy: Geospatial search interface using GeoBlacklight
Preservation processing of research data via parallelized Archivematica instances:
File identification, characterization, and validation
Format conversion of files via policy registry to future-friendly formats
Archival Information Package (AIP) creation
Long-term preservation storage:
Transfer of AIPs to partnering Preservation Service Providers
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:
Jeff Moon, Director, Portage
Susan Haigh, Executive Director, CARL
Lee Wilson, Service Manager, Portage
Greg Lukeman, CEO, ACENET
Suzanne Talon, CEO, Calcul Québec
John Simpson, Chair, Science Leadership Council / Humanities & Social Sciences Specialist
Jason Hlady, Associate Director, Research and Library Technology, University of Saskatchewan
Dugan O'Neil, VPR/international pro tem, Simon Fraser University
John Morton, Director of Technology, SHARCNET
Jay Brodeur, Associate Director, Digital Scholarship Services, McMaster University
Special thanks to Umar Qasim, University of Alberta, who was part of the original steering committee.
Development and Operations Team
Lee Wilson, Service Manager, Portage Network
Kelly Stathis, Discovery and Metadata Coordinator, Portage Network
Victoria Smith, Policy, Privacy, and Sensitive Data Coordinator, Portage Network
Lucia Costanzo, Researcher Intelligence and Assessment Coordinator, Portage Network
Mark Goodwin, Geospatial Metadata Coordinator, University of British Columbia
Alex Garnett, Research Data Management & Systems Librarian, Simon Fraser University
Neha Milan, Operations Lead, University of Saskatchewan
Todd Trann, Technical Lead, University of Saskatchewan
Mike Winter, Senior Developer, University of Saskatchewan
Adam McKenzie, Research Data Management Analyst, University of Saskatchewan
Joel Farthing, Developer, University of Saskatchewan
Paul Dante, Developer, University of British Columbia
Jin Zhang, Developer, Simon Fraser University
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.
January 2016: The software development project was started, following an earlier pilot project that identified scalability and preservation as key elements of the service that was needed.
September 2016: Alpha testing of the user interfaces was started thanks to the contribution of discovery interface code developed by the University of British Columbia.
April 2017: Beta testing was started and the project was put in limited production mode with a small number of research groups.
August 2019: CANARIE announced $2M of funding to CARL Portage, of which a portion is going towards moving FRDR into full production.
September 2020: Funding in support of the development of FRDR is administered through the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO).
February 2021: FRDR’s repository services launched in full production!
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.