Data Infrastructure Assessment RDA 9th Plenary BoF meeting

Meeting title

BoF on KPIs to evaluate Data Infrastructures

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group: 

Storage, preservation and curation, computing and transport of data are of utmost importance for today’s scientific undertakings. This is the case for big data and also for the long tail of science and thus to get the most appropriate data infrastructure needed an evaluation of the existing components is necessary for the benefit of the data producers, owners and users. The assessment should be conducted under the assumption that user satisfaction is one of the key aspects for the operational and innovative aspects of data infrastructures. This aspect follows the concept of the e-Infrastructure Commons, where the user community is an integral part that is strongly engaged in the governance of the resources.

Existing and new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can provide the means to evaluate and assess qualitatively and quantitatively the data infrastructure, which is composed of various components and services from the underlying e-Infrastructures for research. The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has proposed a framework document that is foreseen to be used by EU-funded projects to develop an interface to provide indicator values for the evaluation and assessment of e-Infrastructures. 

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc

e-IRG KPI framework document

Meeting objectives

1) Presentation, discussion of e-IRG KPI framework document
2) Identification of different approaches for data management process from producers, owners and users point of view
    - What KPI are relevant from data infrastructure point of view?
3) Identification of potential partners for discussion in the future

Meeting agenda

1. Presentation of the e-IRG KPI framework document (20 minutes)
2. Specification of the objectives of the WG (20 minutes)
3. Identification of policy aspects in KPI collection (responsibility, frequency, automatisation) (20 minutes)
4. Discussion (15 minutes)
5. Summary of the outcome of the session and plans for next steps. (15 minutes)


The targeted audience are data practitioners and also data policy experienced RDA members. As a declared goal of this session is to discuss various aspects of KPI aggregation and assessment as well as preparing comments and suggestions for improvement would be helpful for the session organizers.

Group chair serving as contact person: Jan Wiebelitz

Type of meeting: Working meeting