• Output Type: Working Group Recommendation
  • Output Status: Endorsed
  • Review Period End: 2018-07-26
  • Abstract

    RDA Research Data Repository Interoperability WG
    Recommendation Title: Research Data Repository Interoperability WG Final Recommendations

    This output provides recommendations with respect to an interoperable packaging and exchange format for digital content.

    Once implemented, compliant packages can be used to migrate or replicate digital content between research data repository platforms or for preservation purposes

    Authors: RDA Research Data Repository Interoperability Working Group
    Group Chairs: Thomas Jejkal (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)), David Wilcox (Duraspace)
    Recommendation package DOI: 10.15497/RDA00025


    Huge amounts of research data stored in a multitude of research data repository platforms can often only be used by a comparably small audience. On the one hand, this is caused by differences in semantics, underlying data models and metadata schemas, whose complexity and number prevents scientists from taking advantage of them. On the other hand, a lack of interoperability between research data repository platforms causes research data not to be used to their full potential. The goal of the RDA Research Data Repository Interoperability WG (RDRIWG) was to achieve consensus on an adoptable approach to facilitating research data repository interoperability for a defined set of initial use cases. The following document presents final recommendations the members of the RDRIWG have agreed on. It describes a general exchange format based on the well-known BagIt specification complemented with BagIt Profiles, another specification defining how to describe the internal structure of BagIt-based packages. In order to achieve a basic level of interoperability with regard to the content of such exchange packages, the WG members have agreed on recommending to include DataCite metadata in each package. The presented recommendations document describes the exchange format itself together with adoption guidelines and information about related efforts. In addition, early adoptions are publicly available at GitHub and referenced within the document.

    Please note that the current version of the Recommendation has been revised after the Community Review period.


    The previous version is still accessible here: https://www.rd-alliance.org/system/files/Research%20Data%20Repository%20…



  • Group Technology focus: Data (Output) Management Planning
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