"Gentle Reminder: Help us review and approve the new charter for the RPRD IG"

30 Apr 2018

Dear members of the IG RPRD,
We would like to remind everyone that the RPRD IG charter will undergo some changes to reflect our broadening scope and commitment to bring together repository platform administrators, users and developers. As such, we ask for your input in improving the current proposal for the new charter, which you can see below. Any contributions should be sent before the 11th May, time at which we will publish the new charter at IG’s RDA website.
— New Charter:
Research data repositories are at the heart of data sharing as they provide platforms to acquire, store, archive, publish, curate, preserve, and access data. Thus, the major goal of the Repository Platforms for Research Data (RPRD) Interest Group (IG) is to improve the usability and technical capabilities of repository platforms. To achieve this, the RPRD IG invites members of the research data community to collect usage experiences, define requirements, evaluate implementations, and identify limitations of current solutions in a cooperation of repository users, managers, providers, and developers. Possible outputs of our efforts might be recommendations, knowledge collections, or new working groups to address identified issues.
— Old Charter:
Institutions, scientists, IT personnel, developers, data archivists and other members of the research data community often have to identify, choose, use, deploy, adapt, enhance, or develop the best possible repository platform to meet particular research data needs. To support that, the original charter of the Repository Platforms for Research Data Interest Group (RPRD IG), formed at RDA Plenary 5 in March 2015, was to "gather and analyze research data use cases in the context of repository platform requirements. The primary deliverable will be a matrix relating use cases with functional requirements for repository platforms."
This matrix, along with an accompanying document on how it was created, was finalized and published in Nov. 2016, and can also be found under RDA Supporting Outputs.
As of RDA Plenary 9, the RPRD IG's focus is the collection of experiences with selecting, implementing, and using specific research data repository platforms/products across institutions and domains, with reference to the aforementioned functional requirements. From this, the IG may identify potential gaps between needs and solutions in the current research data repository environment, and will seek opportunities to propose the formation of new RDA working groups to address them.
Thanks in advance for your input.
Best,
Bob, João and Ralph