Building enhanced FAIR Workflows through use of PIDs within and between interoperable research tools

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25 Feb 2022

Building enhanced FAIR Workflows through use of PIDs within and between interoperable research tools

Submitted by Rory Macneil

Meeting objectives: 

The lack of interoperability between tools presents a significant barrier to streamlining workflows throughout the research lifecycle. These gaps prevent the comprehensive collection and incorporation of research data and metadata into the research record captured during the active research phase. Furthermore, it limits the scope for passing this data and metadata on to data repositories, thus undermining FAIR data principles and reproducibility.

This session will explore several use cases of how tools are utilizing the passage of PIDs between systems as a means to build streamlined, FAIR workflows. Moving from theory to implementation involves many moving parts. The panel session explores issues, highlights existing integrations, and points to possible ways forward.

Goal of the session:

Explore evolving best practices for sharing and linking outputs to related scholarly works

Discuss challenges and benefits of tool interoperability

Explore what a PID - centered research workflow might look like and how this supports the creation and dissemination of FAIR data


Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes:

  1. Introduction and overview, Chris Erdmann, AGU, 5 minutes

  2. Workflows and Interoperability between tools (40 minutes)

    1. FAIR Workflows Project, Xiaoli Chen

    2. DMPTool, Maria Praetzellis

    3. RSpace, Rory Macneil

    4. Curvenote, Rowan Cockett

  3. Domain perspectives relating to geoscience and life sciences (20 min)

    1. Jens Klump, IGSNs/DataCite

    2. Anita Bandrowski, RRIDs/life sciences PIDs

  4. Discussion (25 min)

Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
Short introduction describing any previous activities: 

The presenters have all been involved in multiple relevant previous activities, in their main professional roles, through participation in many RDA IGs and WGs relating to PIDs, repositories, research workflows, FAIR data and research infrastructures, and in other forums and organizations, such as IDCC, FORCE 11, and FAIR organizations. 

All panelists have been involved, at various stages, with building infrastructure utilizing PIDs and their associated metadata. For example, the DMPTool recently integrated with the ELN, RSpace to add value to DMPs by linking them to datasets thus allowing DMPs to become “living documents.” This integration, as with all of the other integrations that will be discussed in this session, seeks to reduce the burden on researchers in moving descriptive information about their work with their outputs as they move throughout the research life cycle. 

We are suggesting this session as a separate BOF, rather than associating it with an existing IG or WG, to highlight a missing element in the conversation about PIDs and workflows, namely the opportunities to enhance data FAIRification through incorporation of PIDs in research tools, and integration between research tools enabling the PIDs to pass between them at different stages of the research lifecycle.

BoF chair serving as contact person: 
Meeting presenters: 
Christopher Erdmann, American Geophysical Union; Rory Macneil, Research Space; Xiaoli Chen, DataCite; Maria Praetzellis, California Digital Library; Rowan Cockett, Curvenote; Anita Bandrowski, UCSD; Jens Klump, CSIRO
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Applicable Pathways: 
Data Infrastructures and Environments - Institutional
Data Lifecycles - Versioning, Provenance, Citation, and Reward
Discipline Focused Data Issues