Dear Transportation Data WG colleagues,
Several people have expressed interest in developing an RDA working group on transportation data. We'd like to move the transportation WG forward at the upcoming Plenary.
As a reminder: working groups are formed as short-term (12-18 month), focused efforts with tangible progress, completing actions that will improve open sharing of data for a particular community or group of stakeholders. Standards, tools or practices and their uptake by stakeholders is expected. The next step in the process is developing a case statement for the group, for acceptance by RDA.
We are at the stage of identifying the problems faced by the transportation research data community. I have shared the draft case statement with a number of researchers and asked them to add their ideas, but this has not resulted in ideas contributed. I think we need to engage the community in another way. I would propose starting with some one-on-one phone calls to discuss ideas with key stakeholders, or a conference call to the extent that we can get a group together.
At the RDA plenary, I'd like to reengage those interested in a transportation WG, and plan how to engage the community to identify the vision, the problem(s), and the mission of the WG on transportation data.
Looking forward to hearing your ideas about how best to engage the community to identify transportation research data problems and solutions for the WG to develop. Please forward to interested parties, and reach out to me with any questions or ideas. Thank you.
Beth Zeitler, Ph.D.
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
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