status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Kheeran Dharmawardena, Kristal Spreadborough

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: Stefanie Kethers


Extensive work has been, and continues to be done on data interoperability at the technical and information domains. However, a large portion of the challenges in building interoperable information infrastructures are the result of the interplay between organisations, institutions, economics, and individuals. In other words, the human element of the systems - the people who collect and curate data, develop information on data sharing, and design systems and the institutional constructs around them that reward (or otherwise) the sharing of data.  Collectively, these form what we call the “social dynamics” that foster or hinder the progress towards achieving technical and information Interoperability.

 

Social Dynamics are some of the most difficult challenges to address. Currently there is a limited body of work on how to address these challenges in a systematic way. In keeping with the mission of the RDA, the focus of this group is to focus on what is required to build the social bridges that enable open sharing and re-use of data.  The focus of this interest group is to identify opportunities for the development of systematic approaches to address the key social challenges and to build a corpus of knowledge on building and operating interoperable information infrastructures.

 

The main objective of this IG is to:

  • Identify the key challenges relating to organisational and social dynamics that are encountered when establishing or operating data infrastructures.

  • Identify a key set of organisational, institutional, economic, and individual challenges that increase the friction to achieving information interoperability.

  • Gather case studies that help define the set of problems, and compile a collection of existing solutions that have addressed these problems.  It is acknowledged that often the details of specific case studies could be sensitive and documented case studies may need to be synthesised drawing upon actual cases.

  • Develop guidelines, principles as recommendations for practitioners to apply when attempting to address similar problems in the future.

  • Develop a corpus of knowledge, including models, frameworks and patterns that can be applied by practitioners to develop the desired social dynamics that reduce friction and foster information interoperability. This could potentially be published as a supporting output once validated.

 

The purpose of this IG is to create a set of outputs which identify common problems and provide illustrative case studies for practitioners to be able to understand the social dynamics that exist in their specific context and to be able to apply this knowledge in their context to influence positive change.  

 

Group Resources

The groups work is maintained in two main locations:

  • Artifects from the group are maintained on its Zenodo site
  • Reference material is maintained on its Zotero group
    • If you would like to contirbute resources to the Zotero Library you will need to join the group. To do this, follow these steps:
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      • A group admin will approve your request, then you will be able to enter items into the library.

For a history of the IG and its activities, visit the wiki page.

 

Current and past group leadership

Present Co-Chairs:

Kheeran Dharmawardena - IG inception to current

Kristal Spreadborough -  12/11/2020 to current

 

Past Co-Chairs:

 

Posts

13
December
2021

RDA Plenary 18 session report

by Kheeran Dharmawardena

Hi all, Seasons greetings all. Following on from our session at RDA18, the SDDI-IG co-chairs have produced a report summarising the session and linking to key documents and the recording on YouTube. Please find the report here: https://zenodo.org/record/5775154 Thank you to those who contributed to the discussion at RDA18. Please feel free to get in touch with any comments and questions in response to the report. Next meeting is scheduled for the 1st of February 2022 at 12:00 UTC. Focus
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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

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

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello RDA WG and IG members - We invite you to attend the upcoming 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 developed by the attendees of The International Network-of-Networks (iN2N) Global Expert workshop to address these challenges. Read more about the webinar and register here.
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08
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Social Dynamics of Data Interoperability 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 10 Key Social Challenges for Sharing Data. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. Congratulations! TAB has asked the Secretariat to communicate some suggestions to you for improving your session:
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30
August
2021

Re: [rda-social-dynamics-data-interoperability] Revised Charter for Social Dynamics of Data Interoperability...

by Kheeran Dharmawardena

Hi Lesley, Good point. The TAB comments can be found here: https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/rda-technical-advisory-board-tab/wiki/... Kind regards Kheeran On Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 10:59 AM Lesley Wyborn via Social Dynamics of Data Interoperability IG < ***@***.***-groups.org> wrote:
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30
August
2021

SDDI-IG meeting on the 15th September 13:00 UTC

by Kheeran Dharmawardena

Dear members, During the P17 session, it was discussed that it would be useful to have at least one session in-between plenaries to progress the work of the IG. In keeping with this we would like to hold a session on the 15th September. Please see below the details of the meeting and the proposed agenda. If you are able to attend, please indicate your interest in attending here:
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30
August
2021

Revised Charter for Social Dynamics of Data Interoperability Interest Group (SDDI-IG)

by Kheeran Dharmawardena

Hi all, Kristal & I have worked on a revised Charter for the group based on TAB feedback. We would like to seek feedback and comments from the group on the updated charter before it is resubmitted to the TAB. Could you please provide any feedback by *Sunday 5th September*. We will incorporate any feedback and submit it to RDA for consideration. Kind regards Kheeran & Kristal (co-chairs)
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12
August
2021

RDA VP18 Session Proposal Submission

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Social Dynamics of Data Interoperability IG members, Thank you for your session proposal for Virtual Plenary 18 titled “10 Key social challenges for sharing data”. 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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27
April
2021

Thank you for attending the Social Dynamics of Open Data IG session at RDA P17

by Kheeran Dharmawardena

Dear members and attendees, We would like to thank you for joining us at the Social Dynamics of Opening Data for Global Challenges session
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