Research Funders and Stakeholders on Open Research and Data Management Policies and Practices IG - TAB Review

Interest Group Title:  Research Funders and Stakeholders on Open Research and Data Management Policies and Practices IG

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ProposersJoshua Greenberg, Matthew Lucas

Date Received by TAB: 5 January 2019



The proposed IG occupies a unique, and currently not covered, space in the RDA ecosystem. The group introduces to the RDA ecosystem the perspective of the national, regional and international research funders. It supports not only the coordination between funders regarding open access and open science funding policies, but also a potentially very impactful dialogue between funders and the RDA ecosystem. To fully benefit from the fact that the group will operate within RDA, it is essential for the group to develop an open, yet structured, communciation with other relevant RDA groups. To this end, we propose for the charter to be accepted, but further revised with the suggestions made here, identifying other RDA groups that the IG would engage with, as well as describing a basic timeline of upcoming activities. Such a timeline would also allow the rest of the RDA groups to better develop their engagement plan with the Research Funders IG.

Focus and Fit:  

(Are the Interest Group objectives aligned with the RDA mission ?  Is the scope too large for effective progress, too small for an RDA effort, or not appropriate for the RDA?  Overall, is this a worthwhile effort for the RDA to take on?  Is this an effort that adds value over and above what is currently being done within the community?)

Public research and infrastructure funders are essential drivers in the road toward Open Science. As they develop and implement complex funding frameworks, it is essential that they retain a strong connection with the communities that address the fundamental issues concerning data sharing. In this context, this IG could be an important, currently missing, actor in the growing ecosystem of RDA. The group is specifically aiming at acting as a focal point, enabling discussions among research funders and other stakeholders on trends, challenges and opportunities related to developing, implementing and responding to open research and data management policies. The group will specifically address issues in the harmonisation of policies for Data Management Plans, as well as focus on adopting common policies.   


(Does the initial membership list include sufficient expertise, and disciplinary and international representation?  Are the people involved in the Interest Group sufficient to make tangible progress?  What individuals or organizations are missing?) 

The initial group of proposers represent research funders across with a well balanced geographic spread. As such, the group, at this initial stage, brings together a critical mass of funders required for the group to make tangible progress. Other major national and regional funders, currently missing, would enable the group to further improve its influencing role, so an effort to bring them onboard would be useful.     

Impact and Engagement:

(Is it likely that the Interest Group will engage the intended community?  Is there evidence that the research community wants this?  Will the outcome(s) of the Interest Group foster data sharing and/or exchange?)

Considering the focus of the group, it is expected that the outputs would potentially improve the way national and regional funders enable data sharing and improve scientific practices around open science. For the group, however, to fully benefit from the advantages of operating within the context of RDA, it is proposed that they specifically recognise in their Charter the need to reach out to specific RDA groups, which can provide valuable feedback. For instance, closer collaboration with the Active Data Management Plans IG would increase the synergistic value of the operation of the proposed IG in the RDA. The Charter would significantly improve by describing the mode of expected collaboration with the relevant groups in RDA ecosystem. Additionally, more clarity on the expected timeline of activities of the group would enable other RDA groups to engage in a timely and more efficient manner. 

Recommendation:  Charter is Sufficient _X_; Charter Requires Revision __; Charter is Rejected __

Additional Comments: None.