Canada's Federated Research Data Repository Enters Limited Production

September 27, 2017  | Canadian Association of Research Libraries

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Portage, and Compute Canada are pleased to announce that the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) service has now finished Beta and will be entering into Limited Production starting the week of  September 18th, 2017 to coincide with Portage and RDM in Canada – RDA 10th Plenary Collocated Event. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who improved the service by providing valuable feedback during Beta testing.

The Limited Production version of FRDR, which leverages the Globus platform, will have many of the features and user interface design expected for full launch next spring. Data deposit will be limited to a select number of invited researchers who will help us to refine our curation and operational service models over the next few months. Data uploaded to FRDR during this time will be discoverable and available for download, unless an embargo period is required, and will carry over to the full service launch. Users will also be able to search for and download datasets contained both within FRDR and across several Canadian data repositories. If you are interested in working with the FRDR team during Limited Production, please contact the Portage Service Manager, Lee Wilson (

A demo version of the FRDR site will remain available for training and testing purposes and we encourage users to continue providing feedback at As with the Beta, 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. 

For more information on FRDR, please visit