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SP The Scholars Portal Dataverse is a growing repository of for research data from across Ontario universities. Since 2012, the Scholars Portal Dataverse Network has enabled faculty, staff, and students at OCUL institutionsto shareoriginal research data and results with collected by individuals and organizations affiliated with Ontario universities. It is open to anyone in the world . The ability to publish data using Dataverse has increased the visibility of scholarly data, offered researchers a tool to better manage their data, and enabled data sharing and reuse across a variety of disciplinesto deposit, and has over 78 Dataverses, with over 500 studies deposited to date. 

To update our existing infrastructure, we are excited to announce that we will be upgrading to Dataverse 4 over the summer 2016. Beginning in April, we will be migrating all Scholars Portal Dataverse dataverses, studies, datasets, and accounts to a test instance of Dataverse 4.xand fall 2016. The upgrade will improve the overall design of SP look and feel of the Scholars Portal Dataverse, and offer new features for data management.

We will announce a call for a new OCUL Working Group (late April) that will do testing, offer guidance to Scholars Portal DV team, and plan for instructional LibGuides and supporting materials to assist users with the upgrade.

2016 Scheduled Upgrade:

April: Install, configure Dataverse 4.3

-       Test migration of accounts, dataverses, datasets etc.

-       Test Sibboleth integration

-       Test DOI minting using DataCite Canada API

April – May: OCUL Working Group formation

-       Test publishing workflows and new features

-       Test migrated data and accounts

-       Develop instructional guides

May – June: Install & configure Dataverse 4.4 (if released)

-       Assess and test new features (TBD: Internationalization release)

-       Migrate data

-       Develop new UI design and Institutional Dataverses

June – July: Planning for production upgrade

-       Plan upgrade version and release date

Fall: Release

-       Scholars Portal Dataverse upgrade release


Fall: Release

As of September 30th 2016, Scholars Portal will be releasing a new version of Dataverse. The service will be down from September 26th to 30th in order to properly upgrade and test the new system.

If you have questions about this upgrade plan, please contact