Outputs & Recommendations

15 Jun 2018

A survey of current practices in data search services

Relevancy ranking is an important component of making a data repository's search system responsive to data seekers’ needs. The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Data Discovery Paradigms Interest Group is a collaborative activity within our data community which aims to improve data searchability. This survey is intended to gather information about the current practices and lessons learnt by data repositories in implementing relevancy ranking in search systems.

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01 Mar 2018

Addressing the Gaps: Recommendations for Supporting the Long Tail of Research Data

The “Long Tail of Research Data Interest Group” has been assessing the situation of long tail data over the last three years, and urges the broader community to consider the risks and opportunities related to long-tail data. This document provides seven recommendations for a variety of stakeholders, including governments, funders, research institutions and researchers to help improve the current approach to managing long tail data. We call on the community to work together to create necessary and sufficient conditions to ensure we are able to properly steward these valuable research outputs for future generations of researchers.

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12 Dec 2017

Austin Principles of Data Citation in Linguistics

Data is central to empirical linguistic research. Linguistic data comes in many different forms, and is collected and processed with a wide range of methods. Data citation recognizes the centrality of data to research. Furthermore, it facilitates verification of claims and repurposing of data for other studies.

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23 Nov 2016

CODATA/RDA Summer School in Data Science and Cloud Computing in the Developing World WG Recommendations

The CODATA/RDA Summer School in Data Science and Cloud Computing in the Developing World WG provides a framework to run a series of Summer Schools in Data Science and data sharing in low and middle income countries (LMICs) with the goal of addressing the gap in research data science skills that stops researchers from reaping the benefits of the data revolution.

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02 Nov 2015

Data Citation WG Recommendations

The aim of the Dynamic Data Citation Working Group was to devise a simple, scalable mechanism that allows the precise, machine-actionable identification of arbitrary sub selections of data at a given point in time irrespective of any subsequent addition, deletion or modification. The approach recommended by the Working Group relies on dynamic resolution of a data citation via a time-stamped query also known as dynamic data citation. It is based on time-stamped and versioned source data and time-stamped queries utilized for retrieving the desired dataset at the specific time in the appropriate version.

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09 Feb 2016

Data Description Registry Interoperability WG Recommendations (Endorsed)

Data Description Registry Interoperability WG is working on a series of bi-lateral information exchange projects and an open, extensible, and flexible cross-platform research data discovery software solutions. Research Data Switchboard is a collaborative project by the members of the DDRI WG. This project leverages DataCite DOI, ORCID and other persistent identifiers, and uses simple but effective research graph technology to link datasets.

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04 Nov 2014

Data Type Registries (DTR) Recommendations (Endorsed)

Often researchers receive a file from colleagues, follow a link, or otherwise encounter data created elsewhere that they would like to make use of in their own work. However, they may not know how to work with it, interpret it or visualise its content, being unfamiliar with the specifics of the structure and/or meaning of the data, ranging from individual observations up to complex data sets. Frequently, researchers need to stop here since it requires too much work to look for explanations, tools, and where tools exist, install them.

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28 Nov 2017

Income Streams for Data Repositories

Basic funding of data infrastructure may not keep pace with increasing costs. There is a need, therefore, to consider alternative cost recovery options and a diversification of revenue streams. In short: who will pay for public access to research data? The RDA/WDS Interest Group Publishing Data Cost Recovery for Data Centres aims to contribute to strategic thinking on cost recovery by conducting research to understand current and possible cost recovery strategies for data centres.

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09 Feb 2016

Metadata Standards Directory Working Group Recommendations

The Metadata Standards Directory Working Group set out to develop a directory that would enable researchers, and those who support them, to discover metadata standards that would be appropriate for documenting their research data, regardless of their academic discipline. It happened that a directory with similar aims had recently been developed independently by the UK Digital Curation Centre (DCC), so the group collaborated with the DCC on developing the directory further to achieve additional goals regarding coverage, ease of maintenance, and sustainability.

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19 Jan 2015

PID Information Types (PIT) WG Recommendations (Endorsed)

The working group on Persistent Identifier Information Types of the Research Data Alliance concerned itself with the essential types of information associated with persistent identifiers. The working group developed a conceptual model for structuring typed information, an application programming interface for access to typed information and a demonstrator implementing the interface. The final deliverable consists of a summarizing report, the interface specification and a set of exemplary types.

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26 Mar 2015

Practical Policy Recommendations (Endorsed)

Computer actionable policies are used to enforce management, automate administrative tasks, validate assessment criteria, and automate scientific analyses. The benefits of using policies include minimization of the amount of labor needed to manage a collection, the ability to publish to the users the rules that are being used, and the ability to automate process management.

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24 Jan 2016

RDA/WDS Publishing Data Bibliometrics WG Recommendations

The overall objective of this working group is to conceptualize data metrics and corresponding services that are suitable to overcome existing barriers in data quality. The outcome will likely initiate a cultural change among scientists, thus encouraging more and better data citations, augmenting the overall availability and quality of research data, increasing data discoverability and reuse, and facilitating the reproducibility of research results.

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24 Jan 2016

RDA/WDS Publishing Data Services WG Recommendations

The ICSU-WDS & RDA Publishing Data Services group proposes an approach to sharing information about the links between the literature and research data. A set of hubs will collect literature­data (as well as data­data) links from their natural communities using minor extensions to existing local procedures and, in some cases, inference. The hubs agree on an interoperability framework with a common information model and open exchange methods, optimised for exchanging information among the hubs. The hubs will serve as an enabling global information infrastructure for the development of (third party) services.

The Recommendation is also published at the following DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15497/RDA00002

Relevant to this recommendation is also the release of the Scholix framework by ICSU-WDS and RDA, details can be found here: https://rd-alliance.org/rda-and-icsu-wds-announce-scholix-framework-link...

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13 Dec 2018

Recommendation on PID Kernel Information

Global middleware infrastructure is insufficient for robust data identification, discovery, and use. While infrastructure is emerging within sub-ecosystems such as the DOI ecosystem of services purposed for data and literature objects (i.e., DataCite, CHORUS, CrossRef), in general the layers of abstraction that have made the Internet so easy to build on, is lacking for data especially for computer (machine) automated services.

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02 Nov 2015

Repository Audit and Certification DSA–WDS Partnership WG Recommendations

The Catalogue of Common Procedures was developed by the DSA–WDS Partnership Working Group on Repository Audit and Certification, a Working Group (WG) of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) . The goal of the effort was to create a set of harmonized Common Procedures for certification of repositories at the basic level, drawing from the procedures already put in place by the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) and the ICSU World Data System (ICSU­-WDS). These procedures are intended to support the implementation of the Catalogue of Common Requirements developed by the WG to harmonize the certification criteria previously established by the DSA and ICSU ­WDS.

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30 Apr 2019

WDS/RDA Assessment of Data Fitness for Use WG Outputs and Recommendations

This statement describes the background, efforts and outputs of the WDS/RDA Assessment of Data Fitness for Use Working Group. This group was chartered to develop criteria, procedures for assessment of research data fitness for use, along with a means to communicate this assessment to others. It concluded with development of a) criteria for research dataset fitness for use compared against the CoreTrustSeal requirements and FAIR principles, and b) a checklist for evaluation of dataset for fitness for use meant to supplement the CoreTrustSeal Repository Certification process. The checklist carries with it numerous caveats that exemplify the broad landscape surrounding dataset fitness assessment that this working group has mapped.

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09 Feb 2016

Wheat Data Interoperability Recommendations

These recommendations have been prepared by members of the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group (WG). The group is coordinated by members of the Wheat Initiative, a global initiative that aims to reinforce synergies between bread and durum wheat national and international research programmes to increase food security, nutritional value and safety while taking into account societal demands for sustainable and resilient agricultural production systems.

An earlier version of the endorsed guidelines is also available.

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