Global Open Research Commons IG
From the current Charter:
The coordination of data infrastructure on various levels (country, continent, discipline, sector) is on the increase. So called “Open Science Commons” or “Data commons” provide a shared virtual space or platform that provides a marketplace for data and services. Examples include the European Open Science Cloud, the Australian Research Data Commons, the African Open Science Platform, open government portals and initiatives outside traditional research contexts. Coordinating across these initiatives to enable a network of interoperable data commons is the goal.
The Interest Group will provide a neutral place where people have conversations about Open Science Commons. It will function in a similar vein to the funders forum – space will be given to raise topics of mutual interest, track trends and reach consensus on priorities. The Group will work to reach a shared understanding of what a “Commons” is in the research data space; what functionality, coverage and characteristics does such an initiative require and how can this be coordinated at a global level? The IG Chairs will also proactively look outside the RDA community to connect with parallel initiatives in other spaces, whether in national / regional contexts or in other fora such as the OECD, G7 Open Science Working Group, UN’s Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development and other UN initiatives under development e.g. UN’s ‘’global open science’’ policy forum, CODATA, GO-FAIR and others. Recognising the broad scope, we will focus initially on Data Commons and extend to Open Research Commons as work progresses.
This group arose from a series of BoF sessions at previous Plenaries which presented some Commons initiatives and progressed discussion to a stage where we have begun identifying key characteristics of the commons to advance a typology and define initial pilot cases for WG activities.
● Towards a Global Open Science Commons 11th RDA plenary in Berlin in March 2018
● Delivering a Global Open Science Commons at International Data Week in Gaborone in November 2018
● Coordinating Global Open Science Commons initiatives 13th RDA plenary in Philadelphia in April 2019
A meeting of the IG (in formation) took place at the 14th RDA Plenary in Helsinki in October 2019.
National Data Services IG
From the group page:
Given the increased value of research data as a national research asset, many countries are establishing national services to provide services, coordination and support for research data storage, processing, management, analysis, publication, reuse, sharing etc. The peers for such national data services are other national data services, and this interest group is intended as a peer support forum to exchange ideas and share experiences.
By allowing national data services to learn from the experience of each other, the desired outcome is to increase efficiency for the individual operators of national data services and to promote a more coherent and joined-up community of practitioners.
The interest group aims to identify shared concerns and jointly address them through a variety of independent projects, collaborations, or working groups.