status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Jens Klump, Lesley Wyborn, Mingfang Wu, Kirsten Elger

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: Stefanie Kethers


The Data Versioning WG has transitioned to the Data Versioning IG as of July 2021. The email address and group space have remained the same. 


 

The demand for reproducibility of research results and re-using data is growing, therefore it will become increasingly important for a researcher to be able to cite the exact version of the dataset that was used to underpin their research publication. The capacity of computational hardware infrastructures have grown and this has encouraged the development of concatenated seamless data sets where users can use web services to select subsets based on spatial and time queries, or other data attributes. Further, the growth in computer power has meant that higher-level data products can be generated in really short time frames. This means that we need a systematic way to refer to the exact version of a data set or data product that was used to underpin the research findings or was used to generate higher-level data products, including who developed and also funded it.

 

Versioning procedures and best practices are well established for scientific software and can be used to enable reproducibility of scientific results. The codebase of very large software projects does bear some semblance to large dynamic datasets. Are these practices suitable for datasets or do we need different practices for data versioning? The need for unambiguous references to specific datasets was recognised by the RDA Working Group on Data Citation, whose final report recognises the need for systematic data versioning practices.

 

This gap was discussed at a BoF meeting held at the RDA Plenary in September 2016 in Denver, resulting in the formation in 2017 of an RDA Interest Group on Data Versioning. A review of the recommendations by this RDA Data Versioning IG concluded that systematic data versioning practices were not available. In 2018 the Working Group was formed and first met at P12 in Gaborone. Its focus was on assessing current practices and compiled 39 use cases of data versioning across 33 organisations globally. In January 2020, the WG produced a white paper documenting these use cases and recommended practices (Klump, et al, 2020). The WG delineated 6 high-level principles, which provided a high-level framework for guiding the consistent practice of data versioning and can also serve as guidance for data centres or data providers when setting up their own data revision and version
protocols and procedures (Klump, et al, 2021). To further the adoption of the outcomes, the proposed new interest group plans to contribute the use cases and recommended data versioning practices to other groups in RDA, W3C, and other emerging activities in this field.

 

Please read the group's charter for more information.


 

The BoF initially emerged at Plenary 8 in Denver through the discussion available here:  https://www.rd-alliance.org/data-versioning-rda-8th-plenary-bof-meeting

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14
October
2021

Webinar designed for RDA Group participants

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello - My apologies for cross-posting. We wanted to be sure RDA group Chairs and group members received this information about an upcoming webinar specifically designed to provide tips and strategies for promoting project outputs. This webinar is designed for RDA Working and Interest Group Members, but anyone interested in this topic is also invited and welcome to attend. Please register and attend "How To Get Attention for Research Project Outputs " webinar on 21 Oct 2021 - 15:00 UTC presented by Jennifer Gibson. Register here.
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24
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 draft programme now available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Co-chairs, The RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-18th-plenary-meeting-programme. Please note that the Plenary dates have been revised to 3-11 November 2021.
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08
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Data Versioning IG, The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) has completed its review of session applications for the RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) and has accepted your application titled Advancing Data Versioning: From Principles to Actionable Recommendations. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. Congratulations!
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01
September
2021

Sept 16 webinar ‘Navigating Data Sharing in International Research Collaborations (iN2N)'

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello RDA WG and IG members - You are invited to attend the webinar ‘Navigating Data Sharing in International Research Collaborations (iN2N)’ hosted by the RDA-US on 16 September at 14:00. This webinar will address the most challenging issues for data sharing in international research collaborations and will present a framework to address these challenges developed by the attendees of The International Network-of-Networks (iN2N) Global Expert workshop as part of the NSF funded iN2N project. You may read more about the webinar and register here.
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12
August
2021

RDA VP18 Session Proposal Submission

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Data Versioning IG members, Thank you for your session proposal for Virtual Plenary 18 titled “Advancing Data Versioning: From Principles to Actionable Recommendations”. A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance planned to be sent by 10 September. Please feel free to contact the RDA Secretariat at ***@***.***-alliance.org with any questions or concerns you have regarding your submission. Thank you. Regards, RDA Secretariat
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10
August
2021

Data Intelligence Journal CfP: Special Issue on "Metadata as Data Intelligence"

by Mingfang Wu

Greetings All: Please accept our apologies for multiple postings Please forward the CfP to interested colleagues Most of all Please consider submitting a paper Thanks!! ------------------ *Call for papers*: Data Intelligence , an MIT Press Direct open access journal, seeks contributions for a special issue on Metadata as Data Intelligence . *Important dates* - Submission Deadline: Oct. 31 2021 - Notification of acceptance: Dec. 31, 2021 - Revised/final manuscripts due: Feb. 10, 2022
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18
May
2021

Data Versioning WG Webinar Promotion Help

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello Group Members.  Jens is presenting a webinar next week showcasing the Data Versioning Working Group outputs. Please help promote this webinar through your social networking channels. There is detailed information on the webinar listed below and a list of easy ways for you to help.  See the section below titled "RDA Webinar Promotional Resources" where you can click on the links provided and select "like” or “share” or “retweet”. Webinar Information
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07
May
2021

New Data Versioning IG Charter Draft - Open period for comments closes today

by Jens Klump

Dear Members of the RDA Data Versioning WG/IG The period for comments on the new Data Versioning IG Charter is ending today. Thank you to those who sent us comments on the IG charter draft. Your comments have been very helpful. We will now publish the IG charter for review by the RDA community. After the community review, the IG charter will go to the RDA TAB for approval. IG Charter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ylfAmzKJvKICSaR_aL1I2OEEh9Oq-pUv3eox...
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21
April
2021

New Data Versioning IG Charter Draft

by Jens Klump

Dear Members of the Data Versioning WG/IG After the Data Versioning WG has come to a close. At the last meeting at RDA VP16 Costa Rica, we decided to continue as a new Data Versioning IG. The current procedures at RDA require us to submit a new charter for the Data Versioning IG for approval by the TAB.
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23
February
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 17 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Data Versioning WG, Congratulations! Your RDA Virtual Plenary 17 (VP17) session application titled “Advancing Data Versioning: From Principles to Actionable Recommendations” has been approved by the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.
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