Data Fabric and PIT updates

03 Mar 2016

Dear DF and PIT,
I understand that there have been some questions during one of the Data
Fabric session at P7 today on the status and future of the PIT
developments. Since PIT is considered to be part of the overall Data
Fabric approach, I would like to take this opportunity to give a few
essential updates here that shed some light on the more recent
activities since the end of the WG lifetime:
- The PIT API and demonstrator are available as an RDA recommendation
and I am quite happy to see that there are a couple of adoption projects
exploring PIT's use (PRAGMA, DCO and the Armenian Academy project being
good examples). These initiatives are essential; we all know that
software development works only marginally well without concrete user
input. The preferred way to do this would be in the form of concrete use
cases that help to sharpen the API's functionality towards more
specialized tasks. So I would definitely like to know: Are there
specific requests, also as part of the Data Fabric discussions?
- The work on concrete PID record types has continued within EUDAT and
we expect to have an agreement on an operational EUDAT type profile
within the next months. Similarly, DKRZ has also made progress on its
own adoption, working on a climate data PIT profile and operational
services which we plan to release later this year.
- The recently established WG on Research Data Collections is picking up
strands that PIT intentionally left open as they were a bit out of scope
back then and it would have been unrealistic to include them in the 18
month timeframe. Among other things, the RDC WG aims to define metadata
elements for collections, and at some point these can be assembled into
yet another PIT profile. Together with the adoption actions, this will
give us a number of very concrete examples and I expect that these will
go significantly beyond what the state of the PIT profiles were when the
WG concluded its working phase.
Let me know if there are other open discussion items; I am happy to
provide feedback.
Best, Tobias
Tobias Weigel
Abteilung Datenmanagement
Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH (DKRZ)
Bundesstraße 45 a • 20146 Hamburg • Germany
Phone: +49 40 460094-104
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Geschäftsführer: Prof. Dr. Thomas Ludwig
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