IG Open Questionnaire for Research Data Sharing Survey - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

Meeting title

Kick-Off of the Interest Group on an Open Questionnaire for Research Data Sharing Survey (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes: 


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

While policy has high expectations about open data, the motive force comes not from the policy aims, but in changing practice at the grass roots level. As open data policies are implemented and data sharing practices are changing, comprehensive benchmarking and tracking of open data practices can serve to illuminate advances in data sharing (where and by whom) and help to understand the reasons for different data sharing practices. Various reports examine through surveys how the gap between policy and daily research practices are bridged but the granularity of the existing studies is often not fine enough because open data practices vary widely between scientific disciplines and regions. The community would benefit from a coordinated approach using a common open survey that could be adopted and implemented to track changes in practice and policy overtime.
Following a successful BoF session at the RDA 10th Plenary Meeting, we are initiating an Interest Group to 1. develop a community-designed modular and interoperable open survey(s); 2. determine how such open survey(s) can be implemented; and 3. Explore how the open survey(s) results could be analysed globally.

Interest Group Co-Chairs:
- Stephane Berghmans, Elsevier, Belgium 
- Ingeborg Meijer, CWTS, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands
- David O’Brien, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
- Kazuhiro Hayashi, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), Japan

Additional links to informative material related to the group

Relevant existing surveys can be found at
- Researcher data sharing insights (2014) –Wiley
- e-infrastrcuturesAustria: Forschendeund ihreDaten. ErgebnisseeinerösterreichweitenBefragung (2015)
- UK survey of academics (2015) –IthakaS+R/Jisc/RLUK
- Figshare/Digital Science Report (2016) The State of Open Data: A Selection of Analyses and Articles About Open Data, curated by Figshare www.dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.4036398
- Open Data Research –a researcher perspective (2017) www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/281920/Open-data-report.pdf
- A Survey on Open Research Data and Open Access (2017); Science and Technology Foresight Center, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), MEXT http://doi.org/10.15108/rm268 
- Monitoring the Evolution and Benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation (MoRRI) -Report on the Researchers’ Survey(2017) –MoRRI Consortium (Technopolis) 
- Open Data in Global Environmental Research: The Belmont Forum’s Open Data Survey – PlosOne, 15 January 2016; DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0146695
- National Science Foundation Final Report: Workshops to Gauge the Impact of requirement for public access to data produced by NSF funded research in Mathematics and the Physical sciences (2017)
- I dati aperti cemento della scienzia(to be published)
- American Physical Society report (to be published)
We note that these pioneering surveys report on practices in high income countries. We seek to build on these surveys and promote the utility implementing standardized over time in a wider range of jurisdictions. We are aware that Open Data practices and policies differ from country to country and we anticipate that a more accessible and comparable survey instrument will build the evidence base that would enable broader comparative analysis and understanding.

Meeting objectives

1. Introduction of the Interest Group scope and proposed activities 
2. Discussion on proposed IG goals and milestones
3. Stakeholder engagement and supportd

Meeting agenda

- Introduction of the IG scope and objectives
- Review current landscape (needs, ongoing initiatives and stakeholders)
- Review IG goals and milestones: 1. Questionnaire development; 2. Survey implementation; 3. Results analysis; 4. Pilot phase
- Next steps

Target audience:

We anticipate this IG will attract a broad-based audience. During the BoF session at the 10th RDA Plenary Meeting, we engaged scholars, research administrators, research funders, government representatives, publishers and research data service providers. Given the interest in the topic and the potential benefits flowing from comparable and harmonized survey data, we are confident this IG will be able to engage representatives from these sectors on an ongoing basis.

Group chair serving as contact person: Stephane Berghmans

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Group maturity: 0-6 months

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