Towards a Global Open Science Commons - RDA 11th Plenary BoF meeting

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01 January 2018 3139 reads

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Towards a Global Open Science Commons (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes:

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

The RDA has the aim of building the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data. To this end, it provides a global, cross-disciplinary forum to share, codify and propagate best practice. At the same time, a number of significant initiatives are underway to develop the data and computing infrastructure to support open science. These initiatives are often national or regional. Some are discipline specific.

One example of such an initiative is the European Open Science Cloud. It is working towards the coordination of the research communities in Europe, together with distributed data and compute infrastructure, to provide a cross-disciplinary open data science environment at European scale. It will propose an architectural framework for data and service interoperability in order to federate data infrastructures, within a common governance structure. Other examples are the African Open Science Platform and African Data Intensive Research Cloud which will promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure and enable African researchers across many disciplines to access large datasets and tools for data analytics. There are commonalities in approach (both necessary and incipient) which are being explored through an SA-EU Open Science dialogue activity. Fleshing out the FAIR data principles into an actionable guide for Open Science initiatives is an important dimension of these initiatives. In the US, the NIH Data Commons is a platform that fosters the development of a digital ecosystem that allows transactions to occur on FAIR data at scale. It treats products of research (data, software, methods papers etc.) as digital assets that exist in a shared virtual space. Similar initiatives are being discussed in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and elsewhere.

However, research is a global endeavor so these Open Science Clouds will need to work together at both social and technical levels. 

In this session, we shall compare the approaches that some of these open science clouds are taking, discuss how they operate and how they might cooperate, and consider what role the RDA should play in defining standards and coordinating development in order for these infrastructures to work together harmoniously.

Additional links to informative material related to the group

European Open Science Cloud pilot project: 
African Open Science Platform:
NIH Data Commons:

Meeting objectives

- Present and compare aims and approaches of Open Science Cloud initiatives
- Discuss researchers’ needs for their interoperation
- Discuss the role of the RDA in their coordination
- Discuss potential future activities of the RDA in this domain

Meeting agenda

Presentations (60 mins)

The following initiatives will be presented. The people named below have agreed to either speak themselves or find appropriate speakers. 

· African Open Science Platform (Simon Hodson)
· Australian Research Data Cloud (Ross Wilkinson)
· European Open Science Cloud (Brian Matthews)
· NIH Data Commons (Nick Weber)
· Canada (Mark Leggott)

Discussion (~30 mins)
· Structured open discussion focused on meeting objectives above
· Actions on future activities

Target audience:

· Research data infrastructure policy makers and service providers
· Technologists developing underlying technology for interoperability

Group chair serving as contact person: Juan Bicarregui 

Type of meeting: Working meeting

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