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CARL and COPPUL working together at the intersections of research data management and digital preservation

Winnipeg, MANITOBA, September 20, 2016 - The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) announced today the signing of an agreement that will see both organizations work together at the intersections of research data management (RDM) and long-term digital preservation.

An important element in RDM is the management of research data over time, and much of the work undertaken in the field of digital preservation is applicable to RDM.  The agreement brings together research data management expertise from CARL’s Portage Network and digital preservation expertise from COPPUL’s Digital Preservation Network (COPPUL DPN) in order to identify and implement standards for interoperability across systems related to research data management and long-term preservation.

The agreement will help COPPUL member institutions assemble effective workflows for the preservation of research data, while at the same time leveraging the COPPUL DPN to help Portage build nationwide communities of practice related to the long-term preservation of research data.

This agreement comes during COPPUL’s 25th anniversary year and CARL’s 40th anniversary year. “It represents an exciting new opportunity to leverage COPPUL’s world-class digital preservation expertise in support of an important national effort around the preservation of research data,” said Mary-Jo Romaniuk, COPPUL Board Chair and University Librarian at the University of Manitoba.

“Developing regional infrastructure and capacity can be seen as a key element in a national strategy for the long-term preservation of digital scholarship and cultural heritage materials in Canada today. This agreement aligns the work we’re doing in COPPUL around digital preservation with CARL’s national efforts on research data management,” said Corey Davis, COPPUL DPN Manager.

Chuck Humphrey, Director of the CARL Portage Network, stated, “The magnitude of managing data from research across Canada requires community-wide involvement. Strong working relations with regional academic library consortia like COPPUL are critical to the success of the federated model upon which Portage is based.”

About CARL and Portage
CARL provides leadership on behalf of Canada’s research libraries, promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and enhances its members’ capacity to advance research and higher education. CARL members include Canada's 29 largest university libraries and two federal institutions. CARL has launched Portage, comprising a library-based network of expertise on Research Data Management (RDM) and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data. Portage is committed within its guiding principles to be inclusive, serving all researchers and creating a more level playing field, and respectful of differences, meeting the needs of different regions, institutions, and disciplines.

COPPUL members leverage their collective expertise, resources, and influence to increase capacity and infrastructure, and to enhance the learning, teaching, student experiences, and research at member institutions. COPPUL members include 22 university libraries in Western Canada, among which are CARL and non-CARL members. COPPUL is currently undertaking a major project that aims to transform its current digital preservation activities into a set of comprehensive, flexible, scalable, and sustainable services provided through a COPPUL Digital Preservation Network (COPPUL DPN).


Chuck Humphrey
Director, Portage
(ORCID): http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4623-020X

Corey Davis