IG Data Foundations and Terminology - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

Meeting title

Proposal activities and the scope of the Data Foundations and Terminology (DFT) IG for P11

Collaborative session notes: 


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

RDA meetings often involve the pursuit of agreement on the meaning of research terms important to discuss and understand the RDA data landscape. A particularly interesting development has been the discussion of RDA progress at recent Plenaries and collaborative meeting on future RDA direction should. There is agreement that RDA's direction and current status should be made more explicit. This is useful for RDA communication and group work as well as outreach & branding success. There is agreement also that this might be accomplished through an annual Road-mapping exercise, developed in coordination between TAB and the Chairs with feedback solicited from OAB and Council. This roadmap vision will be especially important as RDA groups mature, common interests emerge and RDA messaging is accelerated. 
One early aspect of this assessment has been through the soliciting of 6-word self-descriptions from RDA groups. In preparation the January 2018 collaborative meeting a series of word analysis, including attaching DFT definitions to the terms groups used. Analysis of cluster and some insight to the questions of does RDA have a core or many more areas are planned for discussion at the January, 2018. Discussion of the some of the word analysis will be part of this DFT-IG session. A key aspect of DFT-IG sessions is to support broader model and vocabulary agreements within and across RDA groups (and representative communities and stakeholders) on such core ideas as "Useful data", "Reusable data", or "Interoperable data." Another aspect is contact and coordination with groups outside of RDA working on data vocabularies. Plenary 10 included a special BoF on extant data vocabulary efforts with a special focus on the International Research Data Management glossary (IRiDiuM) supported by RDC, CASRAI, and CODATA. An update on IriDiuM and its relations to DFT is expected at P11.
In addition to these P11 will allow the DFT IG to continue the discussion of an understandable data vision initiated by various RDA DFT WGs and to support continuing RDA efforts to elaborate the basic data concepts within a useful framework while documenting data vocabularies. 
To support this, virtual meetings are planned for 2 or 3 months before plenaries along with contact with RDA groups on candidate terms for population in the DFT term tool called TeD-T.

Additional links to informative material related to the group

A page summary of DFT is available at: https://www.rd-alliance.org/system/files/documents/RDA%20DFT%20Overview-...
Some slides available - see the DFT site for P10 overviews and updates by Gary Berg-Cross

Meeting objectives

This session will present a stable version 2.0 of the vocabulary. This will include updates from the P10 and 2 chairs collaborative discussion. The intent is to support continued synchronization of RDA conceptualization and enable better understanding within and between RDA groups. In addition it will provide updates on the term tool operation, functionality and use by groups as well as the use of term definitions to support group cooperations.
The session will also allow newer groups to present their vocabularies and issues to the group and discuss relations to other groups and their definitions. We expect, for example, as in previous years several terms around open data to be completed along with progress on metadata profiles. Some additional ideas for the metadata profiles has been developed as part of DFT-IG discussions.
Improvements in the contextual depth of definitions will be discussed to support synchronized conceptualization as well as to enable better understanding within and between communities. 
One potential area of interest is terminological services, which is once again becoming an active group. DFT remains interested in various vocabulary services including mapping between vocabularies and finding similar terms and will, therefore, interact with the renamed -Vocabulary and Semantic Services Interest Group – VSIG .
Issues under discussion:
The role of knowledge graphs for vocabulary representation.
Update on defining additional relations and useful links between and among terms. 
Status of assigning PIDs to every individual definition so that linking between different vocabularies is possible. 
How to handle data definition mutability as concepts change over time, including marking definitions or terms as deprecated and versioning of stable snapshots of the DFT vocabulary set. We have implemented an initial version approach around Plenaries.
Interest in handling similarity between terms including those as part of other data vocabulary development: 
Whether we need translate terms and their definitions to other languages then English.
How to add more rich, contextual semantics to metadata as discussed at the upcoming Chairs meeting in Gaithersburg.

Meeting agenda

The following is the working agenda for the DFT Breakout session at P11
An Overview of DFT IG history & the Breakout Session Agenda- (2 page handout as background)
Explaining latest additions to the DFT vocabulary for core RDA area. 
Overview of the Ted-T tool to capture vocabularies and progress in sharing vocabularies
Discussion of new vocabularies (e.g. Datapoint,Data producer, and Planning..)

Group discussion of mapping to and leveraging other vocabularies including IriDiuM and a landscape report on discussions of an RDA core or multi-cores.
Solicitation from other RDA IGs and WGs about current/near term candidate vocabulary items. These may include:
MIG and related RDA work
Vocabulary service
Domain vocabularies
The session will conclude with a summary of the results and next steps

Target audience:

Data in Context
Data Description Registry Interoperability (DDRI) WG
Vocabulary and Semantic Services Interest Group – VSIG 
Data Discovery Paradigms IG
Big Data IG
Data Fabric IG
Research Data Repository Interoperability WG
Data policy standardization and implementation IG
Mapping the Landscape IG

Group chair serving as contact person: Gary Berg-Cross

Type of meeting: working meeting

Group maturity: more than 18 months