The reason for thinking that this topic may be of interest is that Data Management Plans are increasingly mentioned and are in many cases required by funders. However these are static documents which do not evolve, cannot be tested and cannot be enforced. Yet planning managing and preserving data in a planned way is essential to the aims of the RDA.
Therefore the aims, which were discussed and updated during the BoF session are as follows:
Create a design for an active data management plan which can:
is interoperable with other systems
can be monitored
can be enforced
can be tested/ verified
can be automated
Create some simple “running code” which can show how the information can be captured using user friendly terminology.
In addition to the common headings
It seems sensible to add
(Adding) value, which can form part of a decision support system to decide, at some point in the future, whether or not information is likely to be worth continuing to preserve.
The evolution could be along the lines of
Fairly firm ideas
Fairly firm ideas
Much more detailed
It is clear that existing work and developments arising from RDA working groups are likely to be of use. Initial ideas of the challenges and some things which are likely to help are shown in the table below.
Have we got enough of the right type
- OAIS information model: Representation Information, Authenticity evidence supported by SCIDIP-ES services.
- Registries of various kinds
- Rule based checking
Too restricted or not restricted enough?
Advice from APARSEN and EUDAT
Are we using the “right” identifiers? Have we got the right discovery mechanisms?
Information from APARSEN, ENS and services from RDA PI-related WGs
Where should we put the data and supporting information? What will the cost be?
- Audit and certification systems
- Lists of repositories (ce.g.RDA BoF)
What is the probably/possible value, and to whom?
- Information from APARSEN project
Initial ideas for the user view:
Support for evolution – possibly over decades
there is certainly interest in taking this forward
there are sufficient volunteers to write IG/WG cases
there are opportunities for implementations