Update on National Research Data Management Partnership
A software framework for building a scalable national research data repository was recently demonstrated at the CANHEIT|HPCS 2016 conference in Edmonton, Canada. The development team is working under a partnership between Compute Canada and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). The team is also working with globus.org which has software that supports efficient transferring of large amounts of data.
Functionality demonstrated in Edmonton included:
- An in-Canada and modified instance of Globus Publish software using Globus Connect for large scale data transfer technology
- A new Globus Search engine back end and a prototype search interface
- Searching of both data in the new repository and metadata for data housed in a sampling of other Canadian data repositories
- Repository integration with Archivematica for automatic processing of data sets to support long term preservation
This repository is not intended to serve as a monolithic solution for all of Canada’s research data needs. Rather, it is meant to provide a framework that allows existing and future data repositories to be federated within a coherent system. At the same time, it will provide a flexible repository and preservation system for Canadian researchers and institutions who do not have a solution already in place.
Services associated with the repository will support the curation, access, discoverability, and preservation of research data, allowing researchers across Canada in a range of disciplines to have improved access and control of large amounts of data. This addresses a longstanding gap in Canada’s infrastructure for digital research data management.
The project has a web site at computecanada.ca/rdm and is setting up a stakeholder group for those that want to be kept up-to-date about the project and have opportunity to provide their input and feedback as the project develops. There will be periodic updates via email and virtual stakeholder group meetings a few times each year.