Welcome to the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR)—a system for Canadian researchers to deposit and share research data and to facilitate discovery of research data in Canadian repositories.
Thank you for Beta Testing FRDR!
Your time and interest is appreciated and we only ask that you provide us your feedback to help us improve FRDR to be a better service.
The Beta testing period is schedule to run from late April 2017 to the end of June. During Beta testing the support is being done by the development team, not a support team, but we’ll try and respond to your questions or suggestions as quickly as possible, but we don’t work nights and we are still doing development.
We will not be retaining data submitted during Beta testing. DOI's issued are only TEST DOI's and are never registered, so no one could ever locate any data with a test DOI
When the FRDR service launches (scheduled for January 2018) it is planned to have the following core features:
- Federated storage model: Individual institutions or organizations can deploy storage locally and can federate their local repository into the national system.
- Federated support model: On-campus support for the researchers who are generating the data for which management services are needed.
- Nationally integrated: While the storage and support are distributed, a coherent national service is provided to researchers regardless of their location or field.
- Scalable model: The system can scale to accommodate growth in adoption by researchers and in the quantity of data stored.
- National data discovery: While different data collections can be hosted in different locations, with different access controls and different metadata, the various data collections are discoverable through a web-based, federated search tool.
- Data preservation: Researchers and institutions can choose to preserve data in multiple locations in long-term preservation formats.
- Suitable for a broad range of data types: Diverse datasets from a broad spectrum of disciplines, typically referred to as the long tail of data, can be properly managed.
- Bulk data and metadata ingestion: The system is able to ingest and index existing data and metadata from Canadian researchers.
- Access control mechanisms: The solution allows fine-grained control of who can discover and download each dataset, and supports embargo.
The Federated Research Data Repository makes extensive use of tools operated by Globus. Globus is a non-profit project out of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. Globus is a partner in the delivery of the FRDR service.
- FRDR uses Globus Connect to efficiently move large amounts of data, enabling FRDR to accept datasets that are too large for some other repositories.
- Logins to FRDR are managed using Globus ID. A login is required to ensure that you are eligible to deposit data into FRDR, to determine whether you qualify for access to data that has been restricted, or to perform any curation activities. (Searching for data in FRDR does not require a login.) You must have a Globus ID to login to FRDR.
- FRDR uses the Globus Search Platform to enable sophisticated searches for data held in FRDR or in other Canadian data repositories which share there metadata with FRDR.
Globus services are currently run in the USA on Amazon services. The research data itself remains stored in Canada. Only public metadata is copied to Globus.