WG Research Data Collections - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

Meeting title

Research Data Collections: Adoptions and future plans (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lp4jlEMsr7rqOqtGxSuDcnQKiA_msi6j535O...

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

There is an interest from several research communities to leverage aggregations of objects, with particular focus on building such aggregations through PIDs and possibly providing identifiers for aggregation objects. However, there is a lack of unified cross-community approach to building and managing such collections, and also no common model for understanding them. The Research Data Collections WG has worked in close collaboration with scientific communities to come to a pragmatic and usable solution for these issues.

In September 2017 (in connection with P10 in Montreal, Canada), the group released its Recommendations which provides a comprehensive model for actionable collections, as well as a technical interface specification to enable client-server interaction for research data collections.The aim has been to provide a framework on which both PID service providers and end users can develop new tools and additional services on collections, thereby benefiting both inter- and cross-community data sharing through increased unification between collection models and implementations.

There are already a number of first adoption and implementation efforts taking place across a broad range of communities and institutions, including earth science and the humanities. These activities not only test the overall applicability of the recommendations, but also provide perspectives on the use of data types in connection with collection structures, highlighting pathways for possible future work.

Other initiatives with the aim to develop tools and services that build on the WG’s recommendations are now starting. One of these is the development of a “Digital Object Browser” tool, which aims to help users to both build hierarchies (create collections) on globally referenced digital objects in a local environment and then to browse through local as well as global collections.

Additional links to informative material related to the group

Group home page: https://rd-alliance.org/groups/research-data-collections-wg.html
RDA Research Data Collections WG Recommendations: https://rd-alliance.org/group/research-data-collections-wg/outcomes/rda-... (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15497/RDA00022)
The RDA Collections API Recommendation: http://rdacollectionswg.github.io/apidocs/#/

Meeting objectives

  • Follow-up on the Recommendations endorsement process
  • Summarizing on-going use cases and adoption plans, and identifying new ones
  • Presenting and discussing current efforts to develop associated services

Meeting agenda

 1. Welcome & summary of the group's work & recommendations  - Tobias Weigel & Thomas Zastrow (10 mins)
 2. Use case and implementation presentations 
     - GEOFON use case - Javier Quinteros (10 mins)
     - RDA Data Collections in RPID Testbed - Beth Plale (10 mins)
     - DFT reorganization via collections API - Thomas Zastrow (10 mins)
3. New initiatives, including tool development 
     - Collection service developments at DWGD - Ulrich Schwardmann (15 mins)
4. Future plans and outlook 
     - ENVRI perspective & plans for collections - Maggie Hellström (5 mins)
     - General discussion (30 mins)

Target audience:

The topic at hand is of interest to a variety of stakeholders in the areas of research data curation and usage. The group’s outputs can be of use to scientific infrastructure providers, client tool builders and scientific users. We particularly encourage feedback from practitioners on the contents of our recommendations.

Group chair serving as contact person:  Maggie Hellström

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Group maturity: more than 18 months


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