Data Discovery Paradigms IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
TAB Liaison: 
Andrew Treloar
Case Statement: 
IG Established

RDA Interest Group Charter

Name of Interest Group:  Data Discovery Paradigms IG


The F.A.I.R. Principles, i.e. that data should be “Findable, Accessible, Interpretable and Reusable”, have become a key theme of Open Science. To comply with the first of these criteria, being Findable, we need a data infrastructure that supports users in discovering research data regardless of its location or the manner in which it is stored, described and exposed. This is a significant and growing challenge, as the number of research data repositories, and the need for cross-disciplinary data discovery, increases. This interest group aims to explore common elements and shared issues that those who search for data, and who build systems that enable data search, share.


The objectives for this interest group are to provide a forum where representatives from across the spectrum of stakeholders and roles pertaining to data search can discuss issues related to improving data discovery. The goal is to deliver guidelines and recommendations that can be adopted by data repositories, infrastructure developers, data producers and data users to improve the discovery and use of research data.

Key questions the IG wishes to address:

At RDAP8, we identified a long list of topics pertaining to data discovery, which were then voted by the group members to a shortlist of 10 topics. The top 5 of these have been selected as the key Task Forces which the group is focusing on (linked to the wiki page for each Task Force). Three of the Task Forces were officially closed at the RDA P11 after producing the corresponding outputs; these were:

The Interest Group currently has three active Task Forces: 

For more details on the full list of potential task forces and the process followed in selecting them, please see the page on Task Forces.


Related Activities:

  • NASA’s WG on Search Relevancy – focus is on improving search result relevance for EOSDIS data
  • ESIP’s Information Quality Cluster and NASA’s WG on Data Quality are both addressing ways of capturing and conveying quality information
  • ESIP's Semantic Technologies Cluster which is working on guidelines for using
  • W3C’s Best Practices for Spatial Data on the Web aims to improve discoverability and accessibility of geodata

Other RDA IGs whose activities are of interest and who we will interact with:

  • Metadata
  • Registries
  • Brokering
  • PIDs
  • Research data collections


The Data Discovery Paradigms Interest Group is open to all members and encourages active participation through the Task Force mechanism. Task Forces have phone conferences on a regular basis. To become active in either the Task Forces or propose other activities for the IG, please contact the Chairs. 



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Recent Activity

11 Jun 2019

Reminder: RDA Research Schemas WG (to be endorsed) Call on this Thursday (13th), 8pm UTC

Dear All,
This is a gentle reminder that the group's monthly meeting (Second Thursday
of each month) falls on this Thursday (13th), starting at 8pm UTC - here
is the link

to check your local time.
(Please note that this group was a task force from the DDP IG, and now is
in the progress of setting up itself as a RDA working group.)
Here are two proposed agenda items:
- Discuss and finalise the case statement

03 Jun 2019

Data/metadata granularity TF call (RDA Data Discovery Paradigms IG)

Hi all!
This is just a gentle reminder of our planned monthly call (first Thursday
of each month) for the data/metadata granularity Task Force this Thursday
at 08:00 PM UTC - use this link to check for your local time

The following are the two documents that we've been using for capturing the
information on the TF and our calls so far:
1. Data/Metadata Granularity Task Force

2. Dimension of data/metadata granularit

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open!

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.


06 May 2019

Please join the teleconference call on this Thursday 9th (8pm UTC), discussing research schema WG case statement

Dear All,
This is a belated and short notes that the BoF session "Using
and Enriched Metadata to Enable/Boost FAIRness on Research Resources" at
the RDA P13 was well attended and received (slides
we also had good discussion. Taking the discussion into account, a few of
us (Adam Shepherd, Leyla Garcia, Nick Juty, SiriJodha Khalsa and myself)
have been drafting this case statement

05 May 2019

Re: [datadiscovery] Re: Reminder for the data/metadata granularity TF call (RDA...

Hi all. I also apologize for missing the call. It was not in my agenda, but I've now added in future telecons for the first Thursday of the month. I was actually at the IOOS DMAC meetings this week, and data granularity and aggregation into collections were a re-occurring discussion topic there.
I plan to attend the ESIP meeting, so look forward to that session topic Anna.
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02 May 2019

Re: Reminder for the data/metadata granularity TF call (RDA Data Discovery Paradigms IG)

Hi All, Apologies for missing the meeting this afternoon. My NCEI
colleague, Heather Brown, and I submitted an abstract for a workshop
session at the ESIP Summer Conference. The focus will be on defining the
different 'facets' of a collection based on different use cases. I hope
that folks on this group can be involved with this session if it's
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31 Mar 2019

Metadata Joint Meeting at RDA P13

*Joint Session Metadata IG, Metadata Standards Catalog WG, Data in Context
*Thursday, April 5, 2019*
*Breakout 8 1100-1230 EDT*
*Collaborative session notes*:
*Short introduction describing the scope of the groups and if any previous
The Metadata Interest Group serves as an umbrella group for all aspects of

14 Mar 2019

Reminder: 14 March (8pm UTC), RDA DDP Schemas TF meeting

Dear Members of the RDA DDP IG and ESIP- semanticweb,
This is a reminder we have a schemas TF meeting at 8pm UTC (1pm PDT/9pm
CET/7am AEST) 14th of March. Sorry for the late notice, and cross-posting.
Here is the agenda:
* Discuss how to analysis the survey
Current practices in using schemas to describe research datasets.
* Discuss the schemas BoF session

13 Mar 2019

Re: Update on data/metadata granularity TF (RDA Data Discovery Paradigms IG)

Hi Chris,
I think we are still wrestling a little with the definitions so that we can have a common interpretation, although we made a little headway. It's true that the word is borrowed from the physical world, so that's interesting to think about more. I come from a mathematical background too, so I do appreciate the abstractions although we still need to anchor ourselves somehow. There is always a danger in extending the meaning of a term though.