BoF Introducing Research Data Management in Engineering - RDA 12th Plenary Meeting

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02 July 2018 1857 reads

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BoF Introducing Research Data Management in Engineering (Remote Access Instructions)

Meeting room: Serondela 1 & 2 

Collaborative session notes:

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

Research in Engineering comprises a vast span of sub-disciplines including for example chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Traditionally, engineering disciplines belong to applied sciences. They cooperate closely with industry and aim at competitive advantages. Thus, open data and data sharing are seldomly considered even if the research has been finalized and the economic interests are preserved. The BoF on the proposed “IG Research Data Management in Engineering” (IG RDM4Eng) presents an opportunity to highlight emerging FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) data approaches from scientific and industrial engineering disciplines and set a basis to provide data tools ‘as a service’ for breaking up existing community specific 'data silos'.

The proposal’s background is based on projects and initiatives in the area of engineering sciences, and relates especially to the challenges coming from contract or mission oriented research performed together with industrial stakeholders. This includes, in particular, contract research and its associated privacy and security concerns (such as the conditions included in non-disclosure agreements), and the important role of software and source code as ‘research data types’ within the engineering sector. The following two use cases briefly illustrate the focus of these two aspects.

1) Use case privacy and security in engineering data management: Given the lack of legal national and international harmonisation of scientific and industrial data protection and access, different approaches, contracts (e.g. non-disclosure agreements) and protocols will have to be accessed and compared in order to improve the FAIRness of engineering research data. For mission oriented research, scientists may have to be pointed to possibilities to get access to legal advice as well as appropriate contract templates for the planning and executing of FAIR best practices in research data management in the case of mission oriented research.

2) Use case coding base & project data: Analyze the use of software source code repositories such as GitHub and GitLab by the engineering sector and identify common needs and best practices, such as a centralized GitLab/GitHub framework with comparable best practices and shared standards for computational engineering and software management. In addition to software management, this use case identifies workflows and services to facilitate, standardize and harmonize the transfer of engineering project results (e.g., an architectural engineering example) into a broader FAIR knowledge base. Currently, outcomes of such projects, data results and accompanying repositories, are usually listed on discovery platforms such as However, as a rule, these should be also distributed in the emerging FAIR assessment platforms and tools such as

Additional links to informative material related to the group

Working document: IG Charter proposal (under community review):

Meeting objectives

  • To introduce the prospective IG to the RDA community
  • To assess the relevance and interest for the proposed IG within the RDA community
  • To obtain feedback and input on the next steps from the RDA community
  • To network among the researchers, industrial members and related RDA groups interested in discussing and advancing this topic

Meeting agenda

Preliminary agenda:

  • Introduction to the idea, challenges and aims of the prospective IG
  • Activities and status so far
  • Presentation of the Charter
  • Guest speakers from other RDA groups
  • Speakers from the RDA community will present their past work and how they might contribute to this topic
  • Discussion
  • Next steps


This BoF is open to all participants and encourages in particular practitioners, researchers and other experts as well as community representatives in engineering disciplines.. Particularly, but not exclusively, the the BoF welcomes members from the following backgrounds:
* Scientists involved engineering science, doing contract research, to share their experience in dealing with RDM questions and non-disclosure agreements
* Industrial representatives from major and minor companies representing engineering science and the industry sector
* Practitioners of software engineering for the industry sector
* Policy-makers for non-disclosure agreements & legal experts
* HPC and distributed computing experts

Group chair serving as contact person: Markus Stocker (co-chairs Daniela Hausen, others TBD)

Type of meeting: working meeting

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