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Data Review in Data Repositories to Facilitate Open Science

13 FEB 2024

Collaborative session notes

Group leading the application: 

Repository Platforms for Research Data IG

Repository Platforms for Research Data IG

Domain Repositories IG

Meeting agenda: 

Introduction to Joint Session on Data Review in Data Repositories for Open Science – (~3 Minutes)

Discussion (~3 Minutes)

Results of a Data Quality Assurance Study. Maxi Kindling and Dorothea Strecker (~11 Minutes)

Discussion (~3 Minutes)

The Review Process and its Development for Peer-Review of Astromaterials Samples Data. Kerstin A. Lehnert (~9 Minutes)

Discussion (~3 Minutes)

Progress and Challenges for Conducting Data Reviews. Robert R. Downs (~7 Minutes)

Discussion (~3 Minutes)

PROTECT Essentials for Crisis Data Governance. Lili Zhang (~5 Minutes)

Discussion (~3 Minutes)

Reproducibility Checks and Data Reviews on Pre-Publication Manuscripts: A GigaScience Press Perspective. Chris Hunter (~7 Minutes)

Discussion (~3 Minutes)

General Discussion (~ 30 minutes)

Meeting objectives: 

Open science is improving research practices as it begins to proliferate across a variety of research disciplines. Research sponsors that adopt open science are now requiring studies they fund to share the collected data with the public at the time when the article describing the use of the data is published. Researchers are submitting various data sets to repositories, seeking dissemination as open data before their manuscripts are published. Many data repositories and curation professionals facilitate reviews of data submissions to assist potential users in choosing which data to reuse for their research goals. Data repositories that review data submissions as part of the data curation process will be expected to perform data archiving, curation, reviews, and dissemination in a timely manner to help data producers comply with sponsor requirements for open science. Data curation professionals will need to be prepared to guide the research community in conducting data reviews.

The joint session will describe various approaches that data repositories are adopting to review data submissions along with the challenges and opportunities for conducting data reviews. Session participants and presenters will discuss various approaches to data review and explore how repositories, especially those with limited resources, can conduct reviews effectively in a timely manner. Outcomes of the session will include knowledge about data review practices, perspectives on developing and improving timely data review processes and capabilities at data repositories, and improved understanding about needs for educational and training programs to prepare the next generation of data curation professionals and researchers in conducting data reviews as we move into the era of open science.

Short Group Status: 

The Repository Platforms for Research Data (RPRD) Interest Group (IG) and the Domain Repositories IG have both been quite active and have found that the RDA community is very interested in improving capabilities of research data repository platforms. In addition to activities completed by each IG independently, the RPRD IG and the Domain Repositories IG convened joint sessions for RDA P17 and RDA P18 on collaboration and cooperation among repositories and during RDA P19 on Sharing Knowledge across Disciplines that were very well attended by the RDA community. More recently, these IGs convened a joint session during P21 in Salzburg on discovering unpublished and diverse data usage and impact that also was very well attended due to community interest.

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

The RDA Repository Platforms for Research Data (RPRD) IG and the RDA Domain Repositories IG are collaborating to improve the capabilities of data repositories to serve their user communities. The RPRD IG focuses on improving the usability and technical capabilities of research data repository platforms. The RDA Domain Repositories IG focuses on enhancing communication with other RDA groups and on representing the interests of domain repositories in those groups. Together, the RPRD IG and the Domain Repositories IG share interests in identifying opportunities for data repositories to improve capabilities for using data and conducting research. The planned joint session will explore ways for data repositories to improve data review practices for enabling open science.

Type of Meeting: 

Working meeting

Group chair serving as contact person (responsible for the agreement with the corresponding groups): 

Robert Downs

Additional links to informative material: 


RPRD IG Output:

RPRD IG Charter:

Domain Repositories IG Page:

Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 

ESIP/RDA Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences IG

Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 

RDA/WDS TRUST Principles Outreach and Adoption Working Group

Meeting presenters: 

Maxi Kindling, Dorothea Strecker, Kerstin A. Lehnert, Robert R. Downs, Lili Zhang, and Chris Hunter