Data Management Records and Persistent identifiers - RDA 10th Plenary BoF meeting

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Meeting title

Managing Research with DMRs and PIDs

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

Data Management Plans are often mandated by institutions and now funding bodies, but they are static documents that do not reflect the dynamic and distributed nature of current research. 

Digital research particularly requires an agile and light weight method of Data Management so that processes, contributors, tools, accesses and workflows for projects can be recorded and linked accurately while reflecting the shifting nature of research where individuals move between projects, institutions and fields. 

This BoF explores the idea that research and research data management is better served by an the notion of Active and Curated Data Management Records (DMR) and the use of standardised digital identifiers to create a chain of provenance and wider metrics.

Ideally, DMR's are machine actionable and their generation semi-automated so they contain minimal project metadata and relevant Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) such as ORCIDS, GRIDS, DOI's and RAiDs which link individuals, services, data and institutions related to a project, thus producing a rich picture of the research data life cycle. 

The Research Data Management and Persistent Identifiers BoF will examine the development of DMR systems and the role of PID's as standards to link the research processes, tools and contributors. It will also explore the use of metrics from these chains of provenance for researchers, institutions and funding bodies.

This Group is new and has interrelations with the Data Description Registry Interoperability Working Group and the Active Data Management Plans IG.

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

DMP to DMR's:

For further information on the Data Life Cycle Framework:

RDA Data Description Registry Interoperability (DDRI) Working Group

Active Data Management Plans Interest Group:

Meeting objectives

The meeting objectives are:
Presenting the case for DMRs. Further: active DMR (aDMR), curated DMR (cDMR) and the DMP.
Discussion of international standard PID's and those in development. Find agreement on plans for interoperability. 
Identification of areas of cooperation and interested parties for development for PIDs and DMR platforms.

Meeting agenda

Agenda (Facilitated by Chair)

1. Presentation the case for DMRs (Andrew Janke, UQ, AU)(10 minutes)
2. Case study for institutional adoption of DMR (Helen Moran UQ, AU)(15 minutes)
3. Case study for National Data Management strategy using PID (Ian Duncan, RDS, AU)(15 minutes)
4. Discussion of DMR platforms, PID's and those in development (all participants)(30 minutes)
5. Identification of areas of collaboration (all participants) (15 minutes)
6. Summary of the discussion and actions from meeting (Siobhann McCafferty, AAF, AU).


The target audience for this meeting is Data Management Professionals and those interested in research ethics, research data policy and research impact. 
Also developers for Data Management Systems and Persistent identifiers. 
Members of the 
RDA Data Description Registry Interoperability (DDRI) Working Group and the IG Active Data Management Plans may also be interested.

Group chair serving as contact person: Siobhann McCafferty

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Session Room: Mansfield 9

Session Time:  Tuesday 19 September, Breakout 2, 14:00 - 15:30

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