Disciplinary Interoperability Framework (DIF) RDA 9th Plenary BoF meeting

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10 January 2017 2381 reads

Meeting title

Towards RDA disciplinary interoperability framework Interest Group

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

Over the couple of years we witnessed an increase in the number of Interest and Working Groups operating within RDA. The enlargement of the RDA ecosystem creates new opportunities for interaction between practitioners from across scientific and technological domains. Examples of this interplay were previously seen at RDA plenaries, through joint sessions between discipline-specific and technologically-oriented groups.

The primary foci of these interactions were (i) to investigate the applicability and identify routes to implementation of RDA outputs and (ii) to discuss disciplinary specificities and use them as use cases for development or refinement of RDA outputs.

Issues relating to accessibility of data, data annotation, collaboration or even publishing norms are often perceived in completely different ways within different disciplines. This has led to a challenging landscape, that lacks a consistent requirements framework that can drive development of technological solutions as well as their implementation. Although, respecting the disciplinary specificities and modi operandi is crucial, it is also important to identify and describe commonalities and address them in a consistent and robust manner.
We propose the formulation of an RDA Interest Group that will aim at bringing together representatives across disciplinary communities in an effort to better organise and drive the discussion for prioritising, harmonising and efficiently articulating communities’ needs. The group will gradually support the development of a common disciplinary interoperability framework. 

The high-level objectives of the group would be to:
Contribute to the development of information material for communities of practice;
Assess and prioritise disciplinary needs for research data curation and sharing; 
Introduce RDA technical outputs to discipline representatives and collate feedback;
Liaise between disciplinary groups, improving collaboration and experience exchange;
Perform a disciplinary RDA landscape and gap analyses;
Organise the collation of material and interact with RDA disciplinary ambassadors

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


Meeting objectives

Assess and describe the value proposition of the group;
Refine mission and key objectives;
Define the participation mode and mode of operation;
Identify initial membership and co-chairs.

Meeting agenda

1.Introduction and scoping of session;
2.Assess and describe the value proposition of the group;
3.Refine mission and key objectives;
4.Define the participation mode and mode of operation;
5.Identify initial membership and co-chairs.


Representatives (co-chairs) from all RDA disciplinary groups, as well as representatives of disciplines not represented as a separate group in the RDA ecosystem;
Representatives from the Data Fabric and other RDA key technical groups;
The RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and RDA Secretariat members.

Group chair serving as contact person: Dimitrios Koureas

Type of meeting: Informative meeting