Developing sustainable component registries that support data and information mediation and brokering - Brokering Framework WG inaugural meeting at the 9th Plenary in Barcelona
The Brokering Framework Working Group held its inaugural meeting at the 9th Plenary in Barcelona (5-7 April), after having been endorsed by RDA. In addition to the co-chairs (Jay Pearlman, Michael Diepenbroek, Stefano Nativi, and Wim Hugo), the session was attended by wide range of participants. The meeting addressed the context and proposed work plan for the working group. Regular tele-meetings will commence in the near future.
Research projects and research data infrastructure initiatives often solve interoperability problems associated with their work as a matter of course, but the knowledge gained and components developed during such a process are not visible and useful to others. Furthermore, project life cycle limitations lead to lack of sustainability, loss of expertise, code, and infrastructure.
The outcome of the working group’s activities will lead to a conceptual model for sustainable component registries that can support mediation and brokering, with at least one prototype implementation. Research Infrastructures and VREs will then be able to not only contribute components to such registries, but also use the service to identify and source mediation components for inclusion into their brokering and interoperability tasks. A side benefit should be improved international collaboration on the development and refinement of mediation components that are based on open licenses.
The short-term objectives of the working group include
● definition of a number of use cases,
● initiation of discussion on a conceptual model,
● and canvassing of contributors from existing initiatives that have implemented brokering in running infrastructure, or have studied application of brokering in infrastructures.
The list of proposed contributors includes GEOSS DAB, CLARIN, Pangaea, SAEON, OpenAire, DataOne, Earthcube, EVER-EST, ENVRI-Plus, DISSCo, GBIF, NCI, VRE4EIC, and will hopefully extend its reach to non-earth science disciplines in time.
Interested? Please join our working group: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/brokering-framework-working-group.html