WG Data Type Registries 1 & 2 - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

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02 January 2018 2644 reads

Meeting title

DTR2 - Conclusions and Future Steps (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes:


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

The DTR2 group has followed up on the work of the initial DTR group. The published output of that group, released at the end of 2016, is available as


The executive summary of that report states:

"The basic goal of this group was to aid data sharing efforts through improved data typing, specifically to make clear the details and assumptions buried in other peoples’ data. This was seen primarily as a problem in defining a data model appropriate to a wide potential collection of data types, prototyping that model in a registry, and developing a federation strategy across multiple registry instances, all following an analysis of use cases and related efforts."

Over the last 18 months or so the DTR2 WG has looked at various adoption efforts and the standardization of the concepts agreed to at the end of the initial WG, not yet coming to any conclusions. While this has gone on an ISO working group, one associated with the well-known ISO11179 metadata standard, began discussing the standardization of type records and has concluded that a new ISO Group will be started in 2018 to pursue this topic.

Additional links to informative material related to the group

In addition to the output of the first DTR WG referenced above, the following may be of interest:

Case Statement for WG2: https://rd-alliance.org/sites/default/files/case_statement/DTR2%20Case%2...
Supporting output of the Data Fabric Group entitled Recommendations for Implementing a Virtual Layer for Management of the Complete Life Cycle of Scientific Data: https://www.rd-alliance.org/sites/default/files/recommendation-jan-2017-...

which, among other things, addresses the importance of types in managing scientific data.

Meeting objectives

We are now coming to the natural end of the DTR2 WG and the P11 Breakout session will 1) summarize what we have learned over the past 18 months, 2) catch up on a few of the more prominent adoption projects, 3) get an update on the ISO activies referenced above, and finally 4) discuss how to carry the work forward.

Meeting agenda

  • 0-15 Introductions, Agenda Bashing
  • 15-45 Updates on the most active adoption projects, including lessons learned and future needs
  • 45-60 Update on ISO Types standardization activies and discussion of synergistic RDA/ISO activities
  • 60-75 Discussion on relevance of ISO efforts to existing and future adoption efforts
  • 75-90 Next steps, especially addressing future RDA activities, if any, in this area

Target audience:

The target audience is any and all concerned with the use of types in data management. All are welcome but we will assume knowledge of what has been done to date. Those who are new to the topic are advised to consult the references give above.

Group chair serving as contact person:  Larry Lannom

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Group maturity: more than 18 months


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