breakout session summary from plenary 5

31 Mar 2015
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this is a somewhat late update on the EIG breakout session at P5 in San
Diego. A special thank you to Laura Molloy for taking notes during the
session and sharing them with me.
During the session I gave an update on the activities that the EIG is
involved with, including the RDA group clustering
and the RDA Data Share program
Most of the time was spent on discussing RDA/DCC data stories blog, a collaborative between our group and Monica
Duke and Sarah Jones from the Digital Curation Centre. The main points of
the discussion are summarized below:
- Types and sources of stories: Where do we go to get more stories? The RDA
adopters group is a good candidate. Failures are more interesting to the
audiences, but more challenging to collect. Anonymity is important, we need
to allow people to decide whether to put their name or not. To address
trustworthiness, the stories can be classified as "verified" vs
Also, how can we make our stories comparable (e.g., structurally,
thematically, etc.)?
- Submission: Free-text submission form is good to make community
submissions easier, but it undermines consistency and quality of stories
(e.g., one submitted post was a collection of several stories with not too
many details). Interviewing at plenaries is another good way to collect
stories, maybe short videos cross-posted on the RDA blog. Ways to
contribute need to vary (e.g., the webform, email, interviews, group
sessions or workshops). Stories require a lot of editorial work, how can we
solicit help from the community?
- Motivation and facilitation: If we demonstrate the ways in which these
blog entries might be used, this will incentivize contributors. The blog
can also offer some directed questions to help people create stories (e.g.,
what do you with data? what type of data story you most relate to? or
conversational prompts: "tell us your most embarrassing data story".)
- Stories from the blog could be published into a small brochure to give
away at plenaries and use in education and training initiatives.
This was a great session and now we're following up on these suggestions
and a couple of pilot interviews I did during P5.
If you'd like to submit a story or send a pointer, you can do it via our
blog or send it directly to me.
If you're interested in contributing in some other ways (e.g., interviewing
people), let us know too.