Criteria for repository selection, qualification and certification

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27 Jun 2019

Criteria for repository selection, qualification and certification

Meeting agenda: 
  1. Introduction, scope of the meeting (5 mins; Peter McQuilton)

  2. RDA Data Policy Standardisation and Implementation IG: summary of first output from the group, a data policy framework for all journals and publishers (10 mins + 5 mins Qs; IG chairs)

  3. RDA ELIXIR IG: Core Data Resources and Deposition Databases in the life science repositories, the selection process (10 mins + 5 mins Qs; Rachel Drysdale)

  4. RDA Certification of Digital Repositories IG: The Core Trust Seal and the TRUST Principles (10 mins + 5 mins Qs; Rorie Edmunds & Dawei Lin)

  5. RDA FAIRsharing WG: Criteria for Data Repository Selection - a joint initiative between FAIRsharing, DataCite and publishers (10 mins + 5 mins Qs; Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Helena Cousijn & Peter McQuilton)

  6. Open discussion on similarities and differences (25 minutes; All)

Online collaborative minutes can be taken here:

Meeting objectives: 

In this session we detail, with examples, three initiatives that improve repository selection, qualification and certification. The aims of this session include:

  • Work towards greater standardisation of data policies across and between journal publishers

  • The Journal repository selection criteria (a joint journal publisher, FAIRsharing and DataCite initiative)

  • The ELIXIR Core Data Resource Criteria

  • The Core Trust Seal Certificate

  • Comparison of these and other certification schemes  

Short Group Status: 

FAIRsharing WG: Maintenance mode, after completing outputs earlier this year.

Data policy standardisation and implementation IG: Active (just produced first output)

RDA/WDS Certification of Digital Repostories IG: Active

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s): 

More journals and publishers - and funding agencies and institutions - are introducing research data policies. But as the prevalence of these policies increases, there is potential to confuse researchers and support staff with numerous or conflicting policy requirements. The Data policy standardisation and implementation IG has defined 14 features of journal research data policies and arranged these into a set of six standard policy types or tiers, which can be adopted by journals and publishers to promote data sharing in a way that encourages good practice and is appropriate for their audience’s perceived needs. This policy framework has been finalised and published as a preprint, and is beginning to be implemented and adopted by journals and publishers.

The FAIRsharing WG has produced one of the 12 outputs recommended by RDA, and continues to work with our growing community to improve guidance to users and producers of standards and databases to select and describe these resources, or to recommend them in data policies. Working with a number of journal publishers and Datacite, the FAIRsharing WG has defined a common set of criteria for selecting (and recommending) data repositories, with the aim of harmonizing guidance to authors on data deposition.

Convened in 2014, the Certification of Digital Repositories IG aims to deliver a comprehensive and inclusive overview, as well as the necessary recommendations and requirements that enable the effective implementation of certification of digital repositories on national, European, and even global levels. It continues to provide a forum for discussion of repository certification principles and, partially through the creation of Working Groups, to facilitate the development of principles and practices in the area of repository certification.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Group chair serving as contact person (responsible for the agreement with the corresponding groups):