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We are pleased to announce that Scholars Portal Dataverse is becoming Borealis, the Canadian Dataverse Repository / le dépôt Dataverse canadien. The new name evokes connections to the Canadian landscape and reflects the growth to a national service, now used by more than 60 academic libraries and research institutions across Canada.

This change is planned to go live on June 23 at

Please review the following FAQs that provide information and details about this change.

General questions

  • What is Borealis?
    • Borealis, the Canadian Dataverse Repository, is a bilingual, multi-disciplinary, secure, Canadian research data repository, supported by academic libraries and research institutions across Canada. Borealis supports discovery, management, sharing, and preservation of Canadian research data.

  • Why the name Borealis?
    • Borealis is Latin for “northern” and demonstrates a close connection to the Canadian landscape and the aurora borealis, drawing on the metaphor of a dynamic, active phenomenon that expands across and connects the country. 

  • What is the new website?

  • Is anything changing about the service itself?
    • The name and appearance of the repository are changing, but the core service remains the same. Borealis is still the place where you can store, share, publish and discover research data. You’ll still be working with the same data and RDM specialists at your institution, and the same technical support and infrastructure 

  • Who do I contact for help?
    • Contact your institutional collection administrator by navigating to your institutional collection and clicking “contact.”

An example of an institutional collection page with the Contact link highlighted with a red box.

Technical questions

  • Do I need a new account? Will my account login details change?
    • No need for a new account! Your existing account information will be ported over to the new website and you can continue to use the same login credentials. 

  • Will there be any downtime or delays for login after the launch of the new website?
    • On June 23, there will be a short period of platform downtime beginning at 10 AM EDT (updated 2022-06-22).
    • If you have an institutional account (i.e., single sign-on), you may experience temporary delays for login.
    • For further information, please contact your institutional collection administrator by navigating to your institutional collection and clicking “contact.”

  • Will my DOIs still work?
      • All dataset handles and DOIs will continue to resolve to the appropriate dataset page.

  • Do I need to change the way I cite datasets?
    • After June 23, dataset citations will include the new name of the repository.
    • If you are submitting a new paper, use the new citation.

  • Do I need to update my links to the Scholars Portal Dataverse website?
    • Redirects to platform web pages will be in place for at least 6 months.

  • Will I need to accept a new Terms of Use?
    • The updated Terms will go into effect on June 23 for existing users and there is no action required on your part.
    • Users who create new accounts on and after June 23 will need to agree to the updated Terms.
    • See the blog post for more details.

  • How can I stay up to date with the latest news?
  • For the most up-to-date news, follow us on Twitter at BorealisData
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