Portage, Compute Canada (CC) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) 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 finished Beta and is now in Limited Production.

The Limited Production version of FRDR will have many of the features and user interface design expected for full launch. Data deposit is currently being offered as a 'by request only' service, subject to resource availability and capacity. If you have a dataset you would like to deposit, please contact support@frdr-dfdr.ca to request permission to deposit.

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 Geodisy map search (beta) is an open source discovery tool that allows users to find open data from Canadian researchers by using an interactive map. Research data can be hard to find, and even harder when looking for data about a specific area or place. Geodisy changes that, giving users a window into the world of research data with map-based tools familiar to everyone. Geodisy currently sources data from Scholars Portal Dataverse, which houses material from institutions across Canada. FRDR’s Geodisy will continue to expand upon its collection to include more institutional sources.