WDS/RDA Assessment of Data Fitness for Use WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Andrew Treloar
Case Statement: 
WGs Wrapping up (from ~12 months after RDA endorsement)

WDS/RDA Publishing Data Interest Group

WDS/RDA Certification of Digital Repositories Interest Group


WDS/RDA Assessment of Data Fitness for Use WG

The increasing availability of research data and its evolving role as a first class scientific output in the scholarly communication requires a better understanding of and the possibility to assess data quality, which in turn can be described as conformance of data properties to data usability or fitness for use. These properties are multifaceted and cover various aspects related to data objects, access services, and data management processes such as the level of annotation, curation, peer review, and citability or machine readability of datasets. Moreover, the compliance  of a data repository or data center providing datasets - for example with certification requirements - could serve as a useful proxy. Firstly, a concept of data fitness requires assessment of quality criteria to be included as well as the weighing of each of those criteria. The process should preferably lead to the development  of a corresponding metric. Secondly, we want to find effective ways to expose and communicate this metric, for e.g. by using a labelling or tagging system whereby different usability levels are made explicit.

Recent Activity

08 Nov 2018

Slides from RDA12 Plenary in Gaborone

Thanks to everyone who attended our thought-provoking RDA12 plenary session!

You can find the slides from our three presentations here. They include:

  • An introduction to the working group's approach and work so far (by Jonathan Petters and Marina Soares e Silva, WG co-Chairs),
  • Wade Bishop's presentation on the data user perspective,
  • and Luiz Bonino's presentation on GOFAIR's approach and efforts.

Also attached is a PDF version of the working groups "Checklist for Evaluation of Dataset Fitness for Use" (still in draft)

17 Apr 2018

Re: [data-fitness] RE: Session at RDA plenary meeting > Breakout 4 (Thursday...

thanks for this information.
With regard to the use of CTS, my concern here is that this is
certification of the container for the data, and thus is less relevant to
the data that people use. After all, the WG is not Assessment of Data
Repository Fitness for Use...
I'll have a look at the spreadsheet and see what useful comments I can make.
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28 Mar 2018

Re: [data-fitness] RE: Session at RDA plenary meeting > Breakout 4 (Thursday...

Dear Andrew, Helena, others,
The DANS FAIR data assessment tool is designed to be applicable by both groups (data custodians and data re-users), and perhaps also as a self assessment by the depositor, to see how FAIR his/her data are. But we are still working on a 2nd prototype,
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27 Mar 2018

RE: Session at RDA plenary meeting > Breakout 4 (Thursday 11am), Room A03

Dear all,
Thanks for the good discussion in Berlin last week.
The PowerPoint presentations can now be found on the session webpage: https://rd-alliance.org/wg-wdsrda-assessment-data-fitness-use-rda-11th-p....
Best wishes, Helena
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19 Mar 2018

Session at RDA plenary meeting > Breakout 4 (Thursday 11pm), Room A03

Dear all,
With this email we'd like to invite you to attend the Data Fitness session taking place at the RDA plenary meeting this week.
Mustapha Mokrane, Shelley Stall and Peter Doorn will provide updates on relevant work in the area of Data Fitness, which will be followed by a proposal for Data Fitness criteria and a discussion on governance.
The meeting agenda can be found below this email.
For those not attending the RDA plenary meeting, remote attendance is possible.
Best wishes,
Claire, Jon, Michael and Helena
Meeting agenda

29 Jan 2018

Data Fitness: webinar FAIR metrics on Wednesday the 31st of January

Dear all,
Several of you expressed interest in hearing more about the FAIR Metrics. Therefore, together with the FAIRsharing WG, we've organized the webinar 'Are we FAIR yet?'.
For more information and to register for the webinar, please go to https://rd-alliance.org/webinar-are-we-fair-yet.
Best, Helena
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