IG From Observational Data to Information-IG VRE Joint Meeting - RDA 12th Plenary Meeting

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Meeting title
Transforming Data into Information, and Knowledge: The Role of Virtual Research Environments

Collaborative session notes
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Group chair serving as contact person (responsible for the agreement with the corresponding groups)
Markus Stocker

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s)

From Observational Data to Information (OD2I) IG explores data, information, and knowledge in research infrastructures. Key issues are the distinction between data and information, in particular observations and derivative information; the processes that evolve observational data into information, i.e. how data evolve to (are “cooked” to become) information along value chains involving data interpretation processes; as well as processes for acquiring and curating the derivative information back into research infrastructures as new assets that can be further exploited (published, processed, used, etc.).

VREs are synonymous with Science Gateways (SGs) in the USA and Virtual Laboratories (VLs) in Australia, and are increasingly being used to support a more dynamic approach to collaborative working across the internet. The goal of the IG is to create "building blocks" of common data infrastructures and building specific "data bridges" to enable online sharing and in situ processing of data. The VRE IG seeks to engage with those seeking to make use of these online technologies in an effort to identify the necessary technical aspects, social and community building practices, required skills, as well as governance issues and best practice required to support a more coordinated approach to the development of the collaborative environments that enable data sharing and in situ online processing.

Please list the meeting objectives

* Explore the relationship between VRE IG and OD2I IG
* Make the case that the process of evolving data to information increasingly occurs in VREs
* Identify use cases and communities that perform this process in VREs
* Spur adoption of OD2I outputs in concrete VREs and projects

Meeting agenda

The draft agenda consists of the following parts and may be subject to change (an update will be provided ahead of the plenary):

* Brief introductions to OD2I IG and VRE IG
* How research data evolve to scientific information: Use Cases
* How this process can occur in VREs: Use Case with D4Science
* Activity: Identify use cases and research communities known to VRE IG
* Next steps and conclusions

Additional links

* OD2I IG Charter: https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/observational-data-information/case-st...
* VRE IG Charter: https://www.rd-alliance.org/sites/default/files/case_statement/Revised%2...
* Floridi (2011): The Philosophy of Information. Oxford University Press.
* Floridi (2010): Information—A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
* Zins (2007): Conceptual Approaches for Defining Data, Information, and Knowledge. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.20508
* Aamodt and Nygård (1995): Different roles and mutual dependencies of data, information, and knowledge—An AI perspective on their integration. https://doi.org/10.1016/0169-023X(95)00017-M
* Candela, Castelli, and Pagano (2013): Virtual Research Environments: An Overview and a Research Agenda. http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.GRDI-013

Please specify who is your target audience and how they should prepare for the meeting

The Communities of Practice working on/with observational data in Virtual Research Environments.

All mentioned groups in this form have agreed to this joint meeting. Acknowledged

Type of meeting
Working meeting