BoF Initial Breakout for the (Proposed) Data Typing WG

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02 January 2016 875 reads
Date & time: Tuesday 1st March - 14:30 - 16:00 - Working Meeting Session 2
Group name : Data Typing Working Group (proposed)
Meeting title: Initial Breakout for the (Proposed) Data Typing WG

(Note to reviewers - We (Tobias Weigel, Simon Cox, Larry Lannom) will be submitting a Case Statement shortly after the holidays.)

Interpretation and use of scientific datasets by those that are not engaged in the creation or production of those datasets is pivotal for enabling science that is driven by data. RDA has made significant progress in addressing this issue through the Data Type Registries (DTR) WG, which has now finished, but much remains to be done, hence this proposal for a follow-on working group. The fundamental effort here is to describe scientific datasets in a human-and-machine-readable fashion, enabling humans and software to parse and understand the semantics, context, and assumptions behind the data. We reference all such descriptions as “data type records”, regardless of the standard or best practices standing behind those descriptions. The DTR WG focused on developing infrastructural component that would manage such data type records. The new WG will focus on aiding data producers come up with useful data type records.

o Proposed or Accepted Group Charter
o All of the previous material associated with the DTR WG, including the final output

o Get buy-in on proposed or accepted Charter
o Collect new use cases
o Develop enthusiasm for and ideally commitments to work on both technical and policy issues raised in the Charter
o Organize the group for further actions, e.g., telcon schedule

o Review the results of the DTR WG and adoption up to now
o Review the approved or pending DT Charter
o Discussed proposed work plan
o Gather volunteer use cases
o Discuss future meeting schedule, telcon approaches, etc.

Our target audience includes those members of the DTR WG who remain interested in the topic, the current and future likely adopters as specified in the Charter, and members of related groups, e.g., vocabulary services, metadata, etc.
Group chair serving as contact person
Larry Lannom