The Wishart Library is also an integral part of the overall academic experience, serving as the access hub to learning resources, and especially through providing learner-centered programs in research skills and information access. It also plays important provincial and national roles as a member of scholarly research networks such as the CONIFER library consortium, the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN).
It facilitates the university’s legislated mission to “cultivate cross-cultural learning between aboriginal communities and other communities, in keeping with the history of Algoma University College and its geographic site” by organizing and supporting the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre for the University and its partner the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association. The SRSC’s collection will be a defining special collection for the new university.
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Portage is committed to a national network supporting research data management infrastructure and services through the development of collaborations with regional library consortia, individual institutional libraries, and other stakeholders. Through its Network of Expertise and Infrastructure Platforms, Portage is coordinating research data services of value to Canada’s research community. Experts and organizations in research data management are invited to work or partner with Portage to achieve the goals of shared stewardship for research data.
Scholars Portal Dataverse
The Scholars Portal Dataverse is a repository primarily for research data collected by researchers and organizations affiliated with Ontario universities, although anyone in the world is welcome to use Scholars Portal Dataverse to deposit, share, and archive data.
Dataverse is an open-source tool developed by the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences (IQSS) at Harvard University. Scholars Portal Dataverse is provided as a shared Ontario Council of University Libraries service.
Researchers can use Dataverse to directly deposit data, create metadata, release and share data openly or privately, visualize and explore data, and search for data.
<odesi> is a web-based data exploration, extraction, and analysis tool. It lets you search for survey questions (variables) across thousands of datasets held in a growing number of collections, and supports basic tabulation and analysis online. It also allows for the downloading of most datasets into statistical software for further analysis. Statistics Canada‘s public-use survey data forms the core of <odesi>’s social survey data holdings, but we are expanding its survey data to include other national and international data sources. Key polling data collections include the Canadian Opinion Research Archive (CORA), Canadian Gallup, and Ipsos Reid.
<odesi> introduces undergraduates to data literacy and data discovery at an early stage in their careers, provides the experienced researcher the ability to search immediately across hundreds of datasets and collections, and allows for faster and more meaningful data reviews.
The Scholars GeoPortal is a hardware and software infrastructure that provides access to large scale geospatial datasets, as well as sophisticated search, discovery and analysis tools to make the data readily available to Ontario researchers. Resources include data licensed by Ontario academic libraries, such as land-based vector data (water, cultural features, etc.), census geography, and orthophotography.
The portal has been created for the academic community for teaching and research, including educators, researchers, students, faculty, and staff. The geospatial data available from the portal can be downloaded and imported into Geographic Information System (GIS) software for mapping and analysis purposes. The portal provides many options for selecting data by location and feature type, as well as file type and projection. Mapping tools allow users to create map images “on the fly.
Scholar Portal Research Data Repositories
Easy access to research data is becoming a vital part of scientific discovery and industrial innovation in Canada. The data centres and repositories described in this guide collect, organize, and disseminate datasets in order to stimulate research and accelerate discovery. Whether you’re looking for data to use in your research or looking for a dependable repository in which to store your data, you can find Canadian data repositories by discipline. We’ve also included some advice about backup, citing data, intellectual property, and other data management issues.
Primary Research Resources
Please see listed below archival resources and materials that are unique to Algoma U, our history, and our region.
Engracia de Jesus Matias Archives & Special Collections
The Engracia de Jesus Matthias Archives & Special Collections
Algoma University has developed its important collection of archival resource materials through the generosity of donors in and from the Algoma region. This includes materials relating to Algoma University, the Algoma region, regionally signficant individuals and organizations, and community organizations. Learn More
Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre
The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) is a cross-cultural research and educational project of Algoma University (through the technological and archival expertise of the Arthur A. Wishart Library) and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA), which includes former students of the Residential schools, staff, descendants, family, and friends. Algoma University is located on the site (and uses some of the buildings) of the former Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools in Sault Ste. Marie. Governance for the SRSC runs through a joint AU/CSAA Heritage Committee, which shares responsibility for the Centre evenly between the two partners.
The partners work together with the Survivor groups, church entities, educators, First Nations and others to research, collect, preserve, and display the history of the residential and day schools across Canada. They also develop and deliver projects of sharing, healing, learning, and individual and community cultural restoration in relation to the impact of the schools. They also work to realize Chief Shingwauk’s vision of cross-cultural synthesis of traditional Anishnabek and European knowledge and learning systems.