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The Federated Research Data Repository

Posted by Jaq-Lin Larder on July 19, 2021 in Announcements

The Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) is always adding new features and improvements to facilitate data discovery, curation, storage, and preservation, all on one unique platform. As of July 2021, FRDR began indexing datasets from the Dryad data repository that have an author affiliated with a Canadian institution, making these records discoverable through FRDR. This is the first time in FRDR’s development history that it will pull Canadian records from an international repository.

This update will result in the addition of approximately 2,200 records from researchers affiliated with Canadian institutions, out of approximately 40,000 total records in Dryad. This also represents an expansion in FRDR’s scope of service - the team will continue to seek opportunities to index datasets from Canadian researchers in international repositories, opening the way for further international collaboration, enhanced data discovery, and a growing number of records!

How is all of this made possible? Through the adoption of unique identifiers such as ROR (Research Organization Registry), as well as through Dryad's open REST APIs. Dryad’s ROR integration allows for the identification of research outputs by institution, and Canada appears in the metadata of Dryad records with Canadian institutional affiliations. FRDR uses the ROR data dump to identify Canada in the metadata of Dryad records, which are then added to the FRDR discovery service. Dryad's open REST APIs also enable searching by ROR ID to freely harvest metadata or the datasets themselves.

For more information, please contact FRDR Support at