Collaborating internationally across disciplines, organizations, and agencies can improve resource sharing among data repositories and contribute to the opportunities available to various stakeholders across the research data ecosystem. Developing, reviewing and successfully adopting data repository platforms, features, standards, and capabilities enables data producers to disseminate data to broad communities of users. These systems can foster the use of open data by researchers, practitioners, and learners who can conduct new investigations and answer new questions. Collaborating on the development, adoption, implementation, and enhancement of services and software and on the criteria for selection and improvement of repository platforms also provides opportunities to reduce the costs of data stewardship, improve governance, and enhance the effectiveness of data repositories and those who strive to facilitate the use of open data.
Assessing the Requirements Matrix previously developed by the RPRD provides suggestions and examples of criteria that can be considered for selecting a repository platform and for collaborating and sharing resources among data repositories. These and other options for collaboration and resource sharing among data repositories are described, explored, and discussed among session participants to identify opportunities for improving the development, selection, and advancement of data repository platforms and services. Presentations and discussion among session participants will inform the following objectives.
- Identification of opportunities for sharing resources among data repositories.
- Identification of improvements for individuals and organizations to co-develop resources to further the development and enhancement of data repository capabilities.
- Identification of opportunities to improve the management, governance, and selection of data repositories for data producers and users.
The presentations and discussion will contribute to the missions of both groups by identifying opportunities to improve research data repository platforms and domain repositories in an efficient and effective manner. Taking a collaborative approach offers more opportunities to enable data reuse by sharing resources among members of the data repository community. Furthermore, by engaging in collaborative development, repositories will be contributing to their sustainability through the attainment of efficiencies in their efforts to continually improve their services.
Proposed outcomes of the joint session include the identification of issues of common interest among stakeholders for sharing resources among data repositories to improve the selection and adoption of platforms, services, standards, and software that can improve capabilities for managing and using research data. We also hope to identify issues for further discussion that can inspire the launch of a new WG.