Transitioning from Radar to FRDR and Summit

As of May 1, 2021, Radar has been retired and its content has been migrated to a new platform that can provide better support for your research moving forward! The Data Services team will instead provide support for you to deposit your data to FRDR, Canada's Federated Research Data Repository, or in some cases to Summit, SFU’s institutional repository. Materials in FRDR will be made part of the SFU Collection.

This migration is taking place because the current Radar infrastructure has reached end of life. Due to the increasing national investment in FRDR as a data repository, we will be taking this opportunity to retire Radar rather than migrate it to a new version. This will allow us to focus much more effectively on providing data services on equal footing with other Canadian universities without any loss of functionality.

Data currently in Radar

Content in Radar is being migrated to either FRDR or SFU Summit, with the vast majority of content moving to FRDR. This process will coincide with Summit migrating to a new platform.

In addition, an alternative repository has been identified for two of the largest collections in Radar: The Sonic Studio's World Soundscape Project and the Pacific Herring Video collection. These two collections will be migrated to SFU Library's Digitized Collections.

On April 30th, 2021, Radar’s informational pages were archived and the platform was subsequently decommissioned. Any items that currently have DOIs will maintain them in their new system. We will be emailing depositors once their materials have been successfully migrated.

The goal of this migration is to provide a better experience for depositors and data curators. SFU has been very closely involved in the development of FRDR and we are excited to begin supporting users in storing their data there.

If you have any concerns, questions, or would like help depositing to FRDR please don't hesitate to contact us at We are continuing to provide support for all research data management inquiries, and all of your existing data in Radar will be preserved in the migration.

Frequently Asked Questions

What criteria were used to decide where materials are going?

The destination repository for each dataset were based on several factors. In the future, the SFU FRDR Collection will be acting as SFU’s research data repository and is a robust platform for preserving, showcasing, and storing research data. As such, it was the default destination for all materials in Radar that did not have special requirements.

Any dataset related to a thesis was chosen to go into Summit as a supplementary file to its associated thesis. This was done to ensure that the research data would not become separated from the corresponding work.

Two additional datasets were chosen to move to SFU Library's Digitized Collections because their structure, content, and technical requirements were much better suited to that repository.

Will my DOI from Radar break?

No, if your dataset received a DOI in Radar, it will be updated to resolve to its new location in FRDR, Summit, or Digital Collections.

What will happen to Radar links?

Non-DOI links to materials in Radar will be auto-redirected to their new location for at least a year following the migration. Following that time, we would recommend updating any links you may be using to their new location.

Will the license on my materials change?

No, whatever license you assigned to your materials in Radar will persist in their new location.