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We're currently about half way through our 18 - months of development work (October 2018-March 2020).

The aim of the grant is to enhance Dataverse to address the needs of a broad range of researchers in Canada through improved scalability, improved integrations with Canadian cloud storage and authentication providers, and better support for data curation workflows. These three areas of development are described further below and will be discussed in more detail in future blog posts. 


The goals of the first leg of the project include:

  • Optimize system architecture for scalable use
  • Connect to existing Canadian cloud data storage environments
  • Support large files in upload/download contexts

Planned deliverables:

  • Develop and test connections to SWIFT object storage, such as the Ontario Library Research Cloud (OLRC)
  • Support Globus endpoints with file access mediated outside of Dataverse application
  • Develop large-file upload utility to support deposit of larger file sizes (2GB+) into Dataverse

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The goals of the second leg of the project include:

  • Integrate with Canadian authentication infrastructure

  • Streamline login workflows

Planned deliverables:

  • Integrate Dataverse with CAF Shibboleth Login for single-sign on
  • Investigate further integration with ORCID to support linking research outputs

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Data Curation

The goals of the third leg of the project include:

    • Enhance multi-disciplinary support for data curation
    • Enable users to adopt metadata standards and best practices

Planned deliverables:

  • Data Curation Tool, a modular application integrated within Dataverse that would allow users to create and edit variable-level metadata of tabular data files to aid in data re-usability

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Status update

Our Project Timeline & Deliverables roadmap is included below. We have completed our first two deliverables and are currently working on the third.