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DataONE Welcomes the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Limnologie (GRIL) to the Network

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The GRIL - the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Limnologie (Interuniversity Research Group in Limnology) - is a research group with a focus on freshwater ecology (limnology) based in the province of Québec, Canada. The GRIL consists of over 50 regular members, who are professors across 10 Québec universities as well as their graduate students, postdocs, and technicians. The GRIL is considered one of Canada's leading freshwater ecology research centers and its researchers work toward improving our understanding of lake and river ecosystems, as well as that of the St. Lawrence River.

The metaGRIL platform, implemented via DataONE Metacat software, is a catalog of datasets of GRIL members’ research projects and an investment in improving and disseminating knowledge about freshwater ecosystems. By joining DataONE, GRIL supports its objective to encourage the sharing of research data through open access to metadata and facilitate engagement in cooperative research and academic exchange at home and abroad.

With the contributions from metaGRIL, DataONE now exposes over 1.19 million data objects across its data contributors. DataONE is excited to help make GRIL’s growing collection of datasets even more widely available. We extend a warm welcome to metaGRIL!

About DataONE: DataONE enables universal access to data and facilitates researchers in fulfilling their need for data management and in providing secure and permanent access to their data. DataONE offers the scientific community a suite of tools and training materials that cover all aspects of the data life cycle from data collection, to management, analysis, and publication.

About GRIL: The GRIL was created in 1989 by enthusiastic limnologists from the Université de Montréal (UdeM), the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), McGill University and the Université du Québec à Trois- Rivers (UQTR). Since the 1970s, Montreal, Québec has been a focal point for limnological research in Canada and internationally. The GRIL is a strategic cluster funded by the FRQNT (Quebec Research Fund - Nature and Technology) and is considered one of Canada's leading centers for freshwater expertise