RDA Common Descriptive Attributes of Research Data Repositories
|Data Repository Attributes WG
Group co-chairs: Matthew Cannon, Allyson Lister, Washington Luís Ribeiro de Segundo, Kathleen Shearer, Michael Witt, Kazu Yamaji
Recommendation Title: RDA Common Descriptive Attributes of Research Data Repositories
Authors: Michael Witt, Matthew Cannon, Allyson Lister, Washington Segundo, Kathleen Shearer, Kazu Yamaji and the Research Data Alliance Data Repository Attributes Working Group
A complete and current description of a research data repository is important to help a user find the repository; to learn the repository’s purpose, policies, functionality and other characteristics; and to evaluate the fitness for their use of the repository and the data that it stewards. Many repositories do not provide adequate descriptions in their websites, structured metadata and documentation, which can make this challenging. Even fewer make this information available in a machine-readable or actionable manner, which hampers interoperability. Descriptive attributes may be expressed and exposed in different ways, making it difficult to compare repositories and to integrate repositories with other infrastructures such as registries. They can be difficult to navigate and find: they may be locked behind authentication, obscured within workflows, or buried in myriad documentation and web pages.
Well-described data repositories provide value and impact to a broad set of stakeholders such as researchers, repository managers, repository developers, publishers, funders, registries and others to discover and utilize data repositories. Some motivating use cases for the development of these attributes include:
Recommendation package DOI: 10.15497/rda00103
Citation: Witt, M., Cannon, M., Lister, A., Segundo, W., Shearer, K., Yamaji, K., & Research Data Alliance Data Repository Attributes Working Group. (2024). RDA Common Descriptive Attributes of Research Data Repositories (Version 1.0). Research Data Alliance. https://doi.org/10.15497/RDA00103
The RDA Common Descriptive Attributes of Research Data Repositories outlines a list of common, concise, high-level descriptors that represent information that can be useful in describing a research data repository along with examples of how each attribute can be expressed as metadata in different schemata, limitations and potential complications that each might pose in harmonization, a brief rationale for why each attribute is important and a gap analysis of how easy or difficult it may currently be to locate this information from a data repository. The attributes are conceptual with examples provided for illustration purposes without endorsement of any particular approach, standard or implementation.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
While this recommendation does not support one or more of the specific SDGs, well-described, interoperable, well-promoted data repositories support research that can advance any of the goals in a general manner.
|RDA Common Descriptive Attributes of Research Data Repositories.pdf