IG Repository Platforms for Research Data - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

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02 January 2018 2026 reads

Meeting title

Repository Platforms for Research Data: Leveraging the Past to Create the Future (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative sesion notes:


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

Research data repositories are at the heart of data sharing as they provide platforms to acquire, store, archive, publish, curate, preserve, and access data. Thus, the major goal of the Repository Platforms for Research Data (RPRD) Interest Group (IG) is to improve the usability and technical capabilities of repository platforms. To achieve this, the RPRD IG invites members of the research data community to collect usage experiences, define requirements, evaluate implementations, and identify limitations of current solutions in a cooperation of repository users, managers, providers, and developers. Possible outputs of our efforts might be recommendations, knowledge collections, or new working groups to investigate identified issues.

Additional links to informative material related to the group

Group Page: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/repository-platforms-research-data.html

Group Output: https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/repository-platforms-research-data-ig/...

Group Charter: https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/repository-platforms-research-data/cas...

Repository Interoperability WG Group Page: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/research-data-repository-interoperabi...



Meeting objectives

The Repository Platforms for Research Data (RPRD) IG session will identify, explore, and plan for future contributions and directions of the RPRD IG. The session will begin by reviewing past efforts and then focus on ideas for new WGs and new activities .

Initially, the approach and accomplishments of the Research Data Repository Interoperability WG will be reported. Next, recent IG activities will be described and ideas for new WGs will be presented and discussed, followed by contributions and discussions of ideas for new activities that could be conducted between meetings, during future meetings, or lead to new WGs. We invite those interested in repository platforms to join the session and contribute to the activity roadmap of these WGs.

Examples of possible ideas for new WGs are listed, below, to stimulate discussion of possible enhancements or derivations of the ideas and of additional ideas for new WGs or activities of the RPRD IG:

Assess existing capabilities to meet a specific requirement from the matrix, in close collaboration with the platform developers;
Generate new use cases to identify new requirements for the matrix, e.g. by organizing live sessions with actual research groups that everyone can join;
Identifying requirements not currently addressed by developers, contributing to the existing and future development roadmaps of repository platforms;
Explore capabilities to meet specific requirements that arise from any new use cases, together with platform developers, in open forum.


Meeting agenda

  • RPRD IG overview and report on activities conducted – Robert R. Downs
  • Report of the Research Data Repository Interoperability WG – David Wilcox
  • Presentation and discussion of ideas for new WGs focusing on selected requirements from the matrix – Moderator: Ralph Müller-Pfefferkorn
    • Policy support/enforcement within repositories – Natalie Meyers, Amy Nurnberger, et al.
    • Repository interfaces for data analytics – Amy Nurnberger
    • Annotation of data in repositories – Natalie Meyers, et al.
    • Common interoperable protocols and interface specifications for repositories – J. Steven Hughes
    • Additional ideas for new WGs (provenance in repositories, etc.)
  • Summary

Target audience:

Data archivists, managers, distributors, producers and users;
Repository managers and depositors of research data;
Institutional hosts, sponsors, and users of research data repositories;
Data archivists and managers planning to establish a research data repository
Developers of repository platforms for research data.

Group chair serving as contact person:  Robert Downs

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Group maturity: more than 18 months

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