Coordinating the Global Open Science Commons IG Charter
This Charter describes the proposed activity of the Coordinating the Global Open Science Commons Interest Group.
Name of Proposed Interest Group:
Coordinating the Global Open Science Commons IG (GOSC IG)
Introduction (A brief articulation of what issues the IG will address, how this IG is aligned with the RDA mission, and how this IG would be a value-added contribution to the RDA community):
The coordination of data infrastructure on various levels (country, continent, discipline, sector) is on the increase. So called “Open Science Commons” or “Data commons” provide a shared virtual space or platform that provides a marketplace for data and services. Examples include the European Open Science Cloud, the Australian Research Data Commons, the African Open Science Platform, open government portals and initiatives outside traditional research contexts. Coordinating across these initiatives to enable a network of interoperable data commons is the goal, as well as providing greater clarity about what is meant by a Commons in the context of science or research.
The Interest Group will provide a neutral place where people have conversations about Open Science Commons. It will function in a similar vein to the funders forum – space will be given to raise topics of mutual interest, track trends and reach consensus on priorities. The Group will work to reach a shared understanding of what a “Commons” is in the research data space; what functionality, coverage and characteristics does such an initiative require and how can this be coordinated at a global level? The IG Chairs will also proactively look outside the RDA community to connect with parallel initiatives in other spaces, whether in national / regional contexts or in other fora such as the OECD, G7 Open Science Working Group, UN’s Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, CODATA, GO-FAIR and others. Recognising the broad scope, we will focus initially on Data Commons and extend to Open Science Commons as work progresses.
This Interest Group is closely aligned to the core mission of RDA as it is inherently engaged in building the social and technical bridges that enable data sharing. It will own the overall remit of coordinating the delivery of a Global Open Science Commons and monitor progress made within related RDA Working Groups and other initiatives to achieve this goal. Indeed, the scope is so large that the Interest Group is expected to run for several years and coordinate across many Working Groups, primarily those that are convened within this RDA IG forum but also aligning with existing WG/IG of relevance.
The Interest Group will help to coordinate and steer initiatives, assisting implementers to maintain focus while also providing wider context and meaning. It will encourage and facilitate global collaboration, helping to minimise data silos and adoption of standards and protocols to facilitate a cross-country and cross-discipline global open science commons. The Group will necessarily be large and diverse, representing many different stakeholder groups, sectors and countries. Chairs come from 5 different continents given the breadth of remit and need for genuine global engagement.
NOTE: We now have chairs from every RDA region
Andrew Treloar, ARDC, Australia
Sarah Jones, DCC, Scotland
Corina Pascu, European Commission, Belgium
Vivien Bonazzi, Deloittes, USA
Kazutsuna Yamaji, NII, Japan
Omo Oaiya, WACREN, Ghana
Devika Madalli, Indian Statistics Institute, India
Simon Hodson, CODATA, France
Juan Bicarregui, STFC, UK
Guido Aben, AARNET, Australia
Kheeran Dharmawardena, CSIRO, Australia
Laura Palumbo, Rutgers University, USA
Keith Russell, ARDC, Australia
Minglu Wang, York University, Canada
Mark Leggott, Research Data Canada
Paul Uhlir, consultant, USA
Author: Sophie Aubin
Date: 11 Sep, 2019
I would have expected semantics to be mentioned in the charter, at least in the typology of commons. Actually, it may be a major layer at the crossroads between technical and human dimensions, deeply rooted in each scientific community. Some RDA groups are already working on this, including Agrisemantics (read the recommendations), Vocabulary Services IG, Metadata IG and related WGs). Elements can also be found in the eROSA “e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture” from which I took the joint picture to illustrate my point.
Author: Andrew Treloar
Date: 19 Sep, 2019
Dear Sophie, that is an excellent point, and we will certainly address this before the charter is finalised. Thank you for the pointer to the eROSA diagram - I had not seen that before.