Canadian research data in FRDR now accessible in the European Union's OpenAIRE Research Graph

For researchers: Create locally, share globally

The SFU Library is pleased to announce that the European Union's OpenAIRE Research Graph -- one of the largest databases of open access scholarly citations worldwide -- now includes metadata from Canada's Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR). The OpenAIRE Research Graph can be searched and browsed via the OpenAIRE Explore portal.

By depositing data into FRDR, faculty, graduate students, and other researchers now expose their research to the global community using the OpenAIRE Explore database.

What is FRDR?

The Federated Research Data Repository houses Canada’s largest index of research metadata along with research data outputs from researchers across Canada.

In addition to the research data directly deposited into FRDR, it currently harvests metadata from over 60 Canadian research data repositories for inclusion in its discovery service, with more repositories being added.

What is OpenAIRE?

OpenAIRE is a European Union initiative which provides interoperability services to connect research and enable researchers, content providers, funders and research administrators to easily adopt open science. The OpenAIRE Research Graph provides access to open access research outputs.

As of today, the OpenAIRE Research Graph aggregates around 450 million metadata records with links back to over 10,000 data sources.

For IT staff at libraries, nonprofits, and other organizations

The OpenAIRE Research ingests metadata from FRDR using a newly launched OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) feed. This open access feed includes research data deposited directly into FRDR as well as the aggregated metadata from other repositories.

FRDR's OAI-PMH feed will always remain openly accessible in keeping with best practices for open repositories. It will be integrated into Summon for ease of discovery and freely available to contributing institutions, libraries, and nonprofits, as well as other organizations offering a value-added service in return for its use.

Any libraries wishing to use this feed for their own local discovery service or to gather metrics are most welcome to do so.

For more information or to be added to the IP whitelist list for the feed, please contact