WG Storage Service Definitions - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

Meeting title

WG Storage Service Definitions (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes: 


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

The service used to store scientific data is important for data scientists: it must satisfies the demands of the scientists, both in terms of performance and reliability. Research communities often operate on a fixed budget; therefore there is a natural desire to provide the necessary storage without unnecessary expense. To achieve this, the scientists and storage providers must have a common understanding of what is required and what the different storage services can offer.

Storage providers, such as research institutes and universities acquire storage through some procurement process. This procurement process may involve buying physical hardware, but increasingly this involves some company provisioning cloud resources tailored to the specific needs. In either case, the success of this process depends on the storage provider and the company having a common understanding of what is required.

In both these scenarios, a common understanding is needed. While this can be achieved through direct meetings and discussions, the process is greatly simplified if there is a shared, common vocabulary that allows a description of what a storage service should provide.

This group is developing a common vocabulary that allows storage services to be described. This language will be machine readable and will be sufficient to describe both in-house storage services in addition to various cloud storage offerings.

Additional links to informative material related to the group

Group page: https://rd-alliance.org/groups/storage-service-definitions-wg
Case statement: https://rd-alliance.org/case-statement-0
Straw-man SKOS vocabulary: https://editor.vocabs.ands.org.au/rda_qos/0.html

Meeting objectives

  • To meet up in person with both existing and new group members.
  • To advance our knowledge in available technologies.
  • To plan our future work together.
  • Improving links with related activities: both within RDA and with other activities.

Meeting agenda

  • Introduction round: who's who.
  • Update on our current status [slides].
  • Plan for entering real-world data [slides] [slides].
  • SKOS vs Ontologies: where we are and where we're going [slides].
  • Plan for adoption as EC ICT specification [slides].
  • Links with related activities -- the broader picture.
  • Our next steps.

Target audience:

The meeting is targeted for people who are, in some way, involved with storing data. This includes:

  • people representing research groups that may have particular demands on how their data is stored,
  • people representing institutes that buy storage resources,
  • people representing organisations that provide storage resources,
  • people representing are involved with storage brokering,
  • anyone else interested in having clear mechanism to describe what they want from storage, or what they have to offer.

Group chair serving as contact person:  Paul Millar

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Group maturity: 6-12 months

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