Connecting the pieces: coordinating communities and combining recommendations - RDA 11th Plenary BoF meeting

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01 January 2018 1839 reads

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Connecting the pieces: coordinating communities and combining recommendations (Remote Access Instructions)

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Short introduction describing the scope of the group and if any previous activities

As RDA matures and begins to more fully address issues of data interoperability and reuse, it is important that the community identify ways to foster further interconnection and to promote adoption of multiple Recommendations in conjunction with each other.

This session explores the experiences, lessons learned, and future plans of four groups within RDA working to coordinate interdisciplinary work and combine multiple RDA Recommendations into working systems and functional infrastructure. We see this as a contribution to larger strategic discussions about how RDA can fully scale and truly create a global data infrastructure.

The four groups involved in this session are as follows:

  • The Agriculture IG (IGAD), which has been working coherently as a discipline within RDA since the beginning, and acting as a coordinating umbrella for several related WGs.

  • A new Earth and space sciences-oriented adoption project led by the American Geophysical Union, which is working to implement multiple RDA (and related) recommendations across publishers, repositories, and infrastructure providers to improve scholarly communication. This involves multiple RDA groups, but especially the data publishing and related IGs.

  • The “Cross-Continental Collection Access & Management Pilot (C2CAMP)” is an international consortium of scientific data communities working together to build a pilot global Digital Object virtualization layer that brings together core RDA components and processes related to the Data Fabric IG.

  • The Disciplinary Collaboration Framework IG is trying to coordinate disciplinary activity within RDA and articulate a clear and consistent narrative on how they expect cross-cutting RDA groups to prioritize their work.

Meeting objectives and agenda: 

The first three of these groups will have dedicated meetings prior to P11. In this session, representatives from these groups will provide short, 12-minute presentations on their work to date and plans for the future especially around fostering interconnections, collaborations, and adoption of RDA Recommendations. A representative of the Disciplinary Collaboration will then present a more holistic, cross-domain view that begins to illustrate how different disciplines (like Agriculture and Earth Science) can coordinate with each other and more generic infrastructure efforts (like C2CAMP).

The Disciplinary Collaboration representative will then moderate a panel discussion with audience involvement on how this could inform other groups within RDA and the overall RDA strategy. The goal is to develop some strategic guidance for RDA in this area and determine next steps in implementation.

Meeting chairs: Dimitrios Koureas, Mark Parsons, Imma Subirats, and Tobias Weigel


Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD)

AGU FAIR Sharing


Disciplinary Colaboration Framework

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