The Global Open Research Commons Interest Group (GORC IG) is working on a set of deliverables to support coordination amongst national, pan-national and domain specific organizations as they work to build the interoperable resources necessary to enable researchers to address societal grand challenges. The realized vision of GORC will provide frictionless access to all research artifacts including, but not limited to: data, publications, software and compute resources; and will rely on metadata, vocabulary, and identification services being available to everyone everywhere, at all times. The GORC IG is working to develop a roadmap for global alignment to help set priorities for Commons development and integration. In support of this, the GORC IG has developed the GORC IG typology of commons essential elements supporting output.
The GORC International Model WG works under the umbrella of the GORC IG. The WG’s goal is to evaluate and recommend a model for attributes for global research commons that allows researchers and developers to coordinate services and create roadmaps for international interoperability. In pursuit of this goal the WG has instituted a speaker series where representatives of Commons from around the world share the current state and vision of their initiatives with the WG.
The WG has been developing a narrative document containing descriptions of functions and attributes of different commons in parallel with the speaker series and releasing draft versions of commons attribute models. Task Groups were formed to focus on specific areas of the model, which is framed and structured according to the GORC IG typology of commons essential elements.
By September 2023, the WG speaker series will conclude. In total, the WG will have been addressed by representatives from 13 different commons, covering a range of domains and nationalities: IVOA, NII RDC in Japan, EOSC, ARDC in Australia, KISTI KRDC in Korea, CCADI in Canada, MOSP in Malaysia, the Digital Research Alliance of Canada, IBICT in Brazil, NeiC in Norway, CST in China, AOSP, and NFDI in Germany. Each speaker was provided with the same instructions and questionnaire inquiring about their roles and missions, the scope and services they provide, how they measure success, cybersecurity, social and organizational constructs, and the current state and future vision of their commons. Extensive summaries of each research commons’ presentation can be found in our narrative document.
The form of the deliverable from the WG will be a commons attribute model and multiple narrative documents that will be derived from our current narrative document. Each research commons represented in the speaker series is analyzed in regards to how the GORC IG Essential elements typology applies to their structure and services. A draft version 0.5 of our commons attribute model was released to the community on April 27, 2023 and draws on descriptions provided by the GORC IG Essential elements, RDA WG and IG outputs, articles and reports published by the digital research infrastructure community, and from observations of the commons themselves. Attributes are grouped under the umbrellas of the GORC IG Essential Elements, and may be considered sub-elements in this typology. KPIs that were reported by commons participating in the speaker series and from the community have been summarized and compared. A version 0.6 of the model is expected to be released to the community in July 2023, and a final version released in a request for comment on September 14, 2023. Task groups will evaluate and refine the commons attribute model from version 0.5 through the final deliverable in addition to contributing to the narrative outputs and other secondary outputs.
The objective of this meeting will be:
Present and discuss the supporting outputs of the GORC-IG
Present and discuss the final outputs of the GORC-WG
Discuss the next steps for the GORC-IG