DMP Common Standards WG - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

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19 December 2017 4214 reads

Meeting title

DMP Common Standards WG – From Requirements to Models (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes:

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group

The current manifestation of a Data Management Plan (DMP)—a static document often created before a project begins—only contributes to the perception that DMPs are an annoying administrative exercise. What they really are—or at least should be—is an integral part of research practice, since today most research across all disciplines involves data, code, and other digital components. We still need a human-readable narrative, but there is now widespread recognition that, underneath, the DMP could have more thematic, machine-actionable richness with added value for all stakeholders: researchers, funders, repository managers, ICT providers, librarians, etc.

The RDA working group on DMP Common Standards works to implement machine-actionable DMPs. The larger goal is to improve the experience for all involved by exchanging information across research tools and systems and embedding DMPs in existing workflows. As a result, parts of the DMPs can be automatically generated and shared with other collaborators or funders. To achieve this goal we need: (1) a greater understanding of the variety of research data management planning processes, (2) research data management infrastructure, (3) a common data model for machine-actionable DMPs.

During the session we will present results of an open consultation in which we collected user stories from various stakeholders involved in the research data management. We will also review existing models from the popular DMP tools. This will facilitate the discussion on the requirements towards the common machine-actionable model for DMPs.

Additional links to informative material related to the group

Case Statement:
Group overview slides:
RDA group’s website:
GitHub Open Consultation:
Vienna Workshop Report:

Meeting objectives

- engage with stakeholders involved in data management
- present results of open consultation for requirements towards machine-actionable DMPs
- review data models of existing DMP tools
- discuss actions complementing developments of this WG
- plan next actions

Meeting agenda

Part 1 – Introduction for newcomers, status update, and meeting objectives

Part 2 – Open consultation on stakeholder requirements towards machine-actionable DMPs
- Presentation of objectives, methodology, and results
- Discussion

Part 3 – Data Models of Existing DMP Tools
- Lightning talks from tool owners describing how they organize DMP information currently (e.g. DMP Online, DMP tool, RDM Organizer, DM Wizard)

Part 4 – Towards Common Data Model
- Moderated discussion

Part 5 – Wrap up and planning

Target audience:

Everyone who is considered a stakeholder within the research data lifecycle is welcomed. For example, you should come, if you are…
- a researcher – to let us know about things that are wrong with DMPs and could be fixed when they are machine-actionable,
- a repository operator – to discuss how to improve ingest and foster automatic sourcing of information from DMPs,
- a service provider – to identify which services must be rolled out to automate DMP specific tasks and support researchers in proper data management,
- a policy makes – to present your view of how machine-actionable DMPs can support better adoption of policies,
- a research facilitator - to indicate which common tasks can be automated and what will always require human interaction and support.

No prior preparation is needed, but a glance over the provided links is definitely helpful. 

Group chair serving as contact person: Tomasz Miksa

Type of meeting: Working meeting

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