Data Networks BoF

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26 Jan 2021

Data Networks BoF

Submitted by Cynthia Hudson Vitale

Meeting objectives: 

The objective of this BoF is to solicit feedback from the broader RDA community about the Data Networks IG, brainstorm Data Network administration topics, brainstorm shared practices for managing and curating research data within a Network, identify topics of broad interest, and discuss the scope of the RDA Data Networks IG.  

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative meeting notes (main session):

Collaborative meeting notes (repeat session):

90 minutes total


10 minutes - Welcome and Introductions

10 minutes - Review Fall 2020 BoF and outcomes 

20 minutes - Brainstorm of Network administration topics to discuss

20 minutes - Brainstorm of shared practices for managing and curating research data 

30 minutes - Review Data Networks IG proposal

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Short introduction describing any previous activities: 

This Birds of a Feather will build upon the Fall 2020 RDA Plenary BoF that focused on bringing individuals engaged in building formal data networks together to surface interests and common needs. The first BoF brought together representatives from the Portage Network, the Data Curation Network, Data Archiving and Networked Services, the Data Discovery Collaboration, and the National Institute of Informatics and Japan Consortium for Open Access Repository to facilitate a discussion around building community and the barriers and opportunities of working together to support research data needs. 

BoF participants identified two core requirements:

  • the shared need for and utility of exchanging experiences for the administration of a data network and how to make it inclusive and sustainable

  • the sharing of best practices for managing and curating research data within repositories of a network.  

Since the P16 session, attendees of the BoF have continued to meet to discuss next steps within the Research Data Alliance. Interested individuals have coalesced around developing an interest group within RDA focused on the administration of data networks and the sharing of best practices for managing and curating research data. 

These complementary concerns on how to share skills across organisations to effectively curate content in a network, and how to administer and sustain that network of collaborators will be addressed in the proposed Interest Group.

BoF chair serving as contact person: 
Meeting presenters: 
Lee Wilson, Marjan Grootveld, Nicole Contaxis, Hannah Hadley, Cynthia Hudson Vitale
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