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Hi all,
Adding my voice and thoughts to the mix here.
I agree with the overall sentiment here that this should not be about
setting up a repository. I’m also not convinced that the role of RDA and
this WG is to establish a metadata repository… though I think this would
be hugely valuable, I’m not sure RDA is set up in a way that can create,
and maintain such a capability. I think it maybe better to look for
existing metadata repository providers and looking to them to
expand/re-purpose their capability to provide such a service.
In regards to the purpose of this group and how we can add value here, I’d
like to draw attention to what is different in the current situation to
what RDA does normally. (and forgive me if I’m stating something that is
obvious or have already been recoginsed).
– Normal work we do in RDA is around trying to codify the
complicate data landscape so that we have convergence of thoughts, ideas,
and practices leading to best-practices etc.
– Right now, we are in chaos! The world has been thrown into chaos and
what this group is doing is to help everyone make sense of what is going
on, and provide some framework for this to occur in, at the fastest
possible pace.
I think the Cynefin framework
provides some good
guidance on how to approach the current situation, and our task at hand.
Normally RDA work is primarily around taking what is in the Complicated
domain, and making it Simple. Currently we are very much squarely in the
Chaotic state when it comes to how to respond to COVID-19. Right now, our
role here is to help the world move from the Chaotic domain to the Complex
domain as quickly as possible.
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Why I think this is important here is because it can change HOW we go about
doing the work here. While we typically deliberate long and hard at RDA on
picking the Best practice/framework from all that is available, what is
required now is to pick/develop some framework quickly, and put it out
there for guidance and use. We should then look at how that has helped, and
continually iterate over this looking at emergent uses.
Also, as RDA members, we have an extensive network for
disseminating information. Looking at the discussions and comments that
are flowing through in the group mail, there are many valuable ideas,
initiatives going on. One thing we could do is find a ways of looking at
is going on across the world that are worthy of adoption/adaption by
others, and disseminating that through our networks for others to build
Another area that I would like to draw attention to is the work by Dave
Jones at ESIP on Operational Readiness Levels
for data(Slide deck
recording ). This provides a
framework for rapidly evaluating the ‘usable’ value of data in a fast
changing environment. Establishing something akin to this would allow
classification of the growing volume of data, into there fitness for
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Kind regards
On Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 10:03 AM kristan.kang via RDA-COVID19 <
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