Use case gathering for research data repositories by Research Data Alliance IG

20 Aug 2015

[Apologies if you receive this email through multiple channels] 
Dear members of the Research Data Alliance's "Repository Platforms for Research  Data" Interest Group, I would like to invite you to submit use cases for research data repositories. This invitation has also been sent to various other groups, as you can see at
As you'll recall, the charter of our group is 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." ( 
At you will find: 
1.) A Microsoft Word template for describing a use case: Template_UseCase_RepoPlat.docx 
2.) Another Word file (Dissertation_UseCase_RepoPlat.docx) with an example of a completed use case, namely about a doctoral dissertation and its associated research data, which addresses concerns of the dissertation creator, their university, and potentially a funding agency. 
3.) Already submitted use cases - as of this writing, there's one, on "Institutional Life-cycle Research Data Management" from the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 
If you'd like to participate in this information gathering, please download the template mentioned in 1.), complete it with your use case and its associated requirements for a research data repository, and then upload it to the collection at (which requires logging in to the RDA site). The initial "deadline" for that is Sep. 15. 
On Sep. 25, our IG will have a working meeting ( at the 6th Plenary of the Research Data Alliance (, which will include review of the use cases submitted by then. On Sep. 24, there will also be a joint meeting of the RDA interest groups "Libraries for Research Data," "Long tail of research data" and "Repository Platforms for Research Data" ( 
Please don't hesitate to contact me and my fellow co-chairs with questions or comments. 
David Wilcox 
Co-chairs of the RDA Repository Platforms for Research Data IG: 
David Wilcox <***@***.***> 
Stefan Kramer <***@***.***> 
Ralph Müller-Pfefferkorn <***@***.***> 
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