Data Discovery Paradigms IG

IG

Group details

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

RDA Interest Group Charter

Name of Interest Group:  Data Discovery Paradigms IG


Introduction:

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.

Objectives:

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.

Timeline:

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 schema.org
  • 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

Participation:

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

14 Feb 2019

RE: Schema.org extension for (geo)sciences

Ø we have also found the need for defining more cross-cutting types such as LabProtocol and Sample
You might also take a look at the W3C Semantic Sensor Network ontology - https://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-ssn/
which has classes for `Procedure` and `Sample` (continuant) as well as `Sampling` (occurrent)
https://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-ssn/#SOSAProcedure
https://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-ssn/#SOSASample

13 Feb 2019

Re: Schema.org extension for (geo)sciences

Hi Alasdair,
Thanks for connecting the dots. I’m glad we are coming together on this. From the ESIP Semantic Technologies side, this was our intention for this coming 6 months.
I want to state that Adam Shepherd and Doug Fils have spearheaded the science-on-schema.org work through their hard work. It is looking great but needs to be reviewed by a wide community.
Some more responses inline…
The science-on-schema.org documentation is really nice, and very easy to follow.

13 Feb 2019

Re: Schema.org extension for (geo)sciences

Dear Lewis, All
(I’ve added the Bioschemas and RDA data discovery public mailing lists in CC)
The science-on-schema.org documentation is really nice, and very easy to follow.
https://github.com/ESIPFed/science-on-schema.org
I see that your emphasis is on providing documentation on how to use schema.org to markup scientific datasets. Are you aware of the RDA datadiscovery working group?

13 Feb 2019

Re: Schema.org extension for (geo)sciences

Dear Lewis, All
(I’ve added the Bioschemas and RDA data discovery public mailing lists in CC)
The science-on-schema.org documentation is really nice, and very easy to follow.
https://github.com/ESIPFed/science-on-schema.org
I see that your emphasis is on providing documentation on how to use schema.org to markup scientific datasets. Are you aware of the RDA datadiscovery working group?

12 Feb 2019

Feb. 14 meeting of RDA Schemas for Research Data TF

Dear RDA datadiscovery and esip-semanticweb members:
There is a proposed virtual meeting on Feb. 14, 7pm (to 8pm) UTC (11am
PT/1pm CST/2pm EST/6am AEDT, 15 Feb.) for the Schemas Task Force. Please
see information below for how to call in.
Draft agenda:
1. Discuss, finalise this survey instrument

2. Discuss RDA BoF session on Schemas

3. WG case statement (template

30 Jan 2019

Moving on with publishing schema.org as JSON-LD for the sciences

Hi datadiscovery@ and esip-semanticweb@ mailing lists,
Over on the ESIP side a number of community members have been making progress on the development of a geosci.schema.org extension to schema.org which is intended to adequately describe both science Data Repositories and Datasets. This grew out of the P418 NSF EarthCube project [0] and is now being developed at [1].

24 Jan 2019

Data Discovery Paradigms IG: Reports from Task Forces and Way Ahead - P13 Session accepted

Dear Working/Interest Group members,

Congratulations! Your session application - Data Discovery Paradigms IG: Reports from Task Forces and Way Ahead - has been approved and will appear in the RDA Plenary 13 Programme. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.