IG Preservation Tools and Techniques for Researchers - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

Researcher’s Tools for Attaining Knowledge Preservation

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Introduction of the activities and the scope of the group

This IG is intended to fill a gap in the RDA discussion thus far, which is how to make it easy for researchers to preserve their research results in a way that is beneficial to sharing with others and for further research. These issues are encountered immediately in any discussion with researchers about data sharing or open data.  This meeting represents the fourth in a series, with a narrowing of scope of the Preservation Tools Techniques and Policy IG to focus on tools for researchers.

Previous RDA meetings of this IG have examined various efforts in preservation technology aimed at researchers, including infrastructure like the Open Science Framework, efforts around preserving data in publications (Authorea), the development of new preservation tools (PresQT), among others. We have a close working relationship with the other preservation-related IGs, including Active Data Management Plans, Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data, Chemistry Research Data, Domain Repositories, and Reproducibility, among others.

Additional links

Past material, including the agendas from the sessions in Denver, Barcelona, and Montreal, and further detail on the group charge, can be found linked to the IG working group page:

email: pttp@rda-groups.org

Link to 10th Plenary (Montreal) session:

Link to 9th Plenary (Barcelona) session:

Links back to 8th Plenary (Denver) sessions that started this discussion:

This meeting will continue the discussions of the previous three RDA Plenaries about finding a way to bridge the gap between researchers and repositories. One eventual goal of the group is to provide a set of needs in terms of preservation tools and other infrastructure that would facilitate researchers in preparing their results for preservation and re-use.

Meeting objectives:

  • review current catalogues of workflow preservation tools in light of their applicability to medium- and larger-scale science.
  • review existing work on preservation profiles: what information is currently being preserved to enable re-use in various communities?

Meeting agenda (See Remote Access Instructions, below)

  1. Introduction, Discussion of Group Status (See slides linked below)
    1. Name (Switch to ReTAin?), Additional Non-US co-chair
  2. Discussion of existing domain-specific Knowledge Preservation tools

    1. Short presentations by developers and researchers (see links to attachments, below)
      1. Jerad Bales/David Tarboton: Hydroshare & CUASHI
      2. Sunje Dallmeier-Tiessen:  CERN Analysis Preservation Portal
        1. link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13BW0QtSwPG47wmyRBQwqF7AMaY6qcv0MXciBZNgrZ30/edit?usp=sharing
      3. Ramona Walls: CyVerse
      4. Rachel Drysdale: ELIXIR
      5. Ruth Duerr:  Earthcube
  3. Discussion of Workflow tools: relevance for scientific workflows

Target audience:

Domain researchers and those who manage domain-specific archives are the primary targets for this meeting. A specific recruitment effort will be made to bring research scientists to the Plenary who have not previously attended this type of meeting. We are specifically looking for both exemplars of preservation tools/interfaces and case studies of those that don't work so well in order to gain a complete picture of the landscape. Those who study knowledge preservation schema and infrastructure are also welcome to share their expertise.

Links to material for discussion:
COPTR http://coptr.digipres.org/Main_Page
and the POWRR tool grid http://digitalpowrr.niu.edu/tool-grid/

Group chair serving as contact person:  Michael Hildreth

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Group Maturity: more than 18 months


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