Disciplinary Collaboration Framework IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
TAB Liaison: 
Paul Uhlir
IG Established

The group held a BoF session at Plenary 9, Barcelona, April 2017.


From the session description:


Over the couple of years we witnessed an increase in the number of Interest and Working Groups operating within RDA. The enlargement of the RDA ecosystem creates new opportunities for interaction between practitioners from across scientific and technological domains. Examples of this interplay were previously seen at RDA plenaries, through joint sessions between discipline-specific and technologically-oriented groups.


The primary foci of these interactions were (i) to investigate the applicability and identify routes to implementation of RDA outputs and (ii) to discuss disciplinary specificities and use them as use cases for development or refinement of RDA outputs.


Issues relating to accessibility of data, data annotation, collaboration or even publishing norms are often perceived in completely different ways within different disciplines. This has led to a challenging landscape, that lacks a consistent requirements framework that can drive development of technological solutions as well as their implementation. Although, respecting the disciplinary specificities and modi operandi is crucial, it is also important to identify and describe commonalities and address them in a consistent and robust manner.
We propose the formulation of an RDA Interest Group that will aim at bringing together representatives across disciplinary communities in an effort to better organise and drive the discussion for prioritising, harmonising and efficiently articulating communities’ needs. The group will gradually support the development of a common disciplinary interoperability framework. 


The high-level objectives of the group would be to:

  • Contribute to the development of information material for communities of practice;
  • Assess and prioritise disciplinary needs for research data curation and sharing; 
  • Introduce RDA technical outputs to discipline representatives and collate feedback;
  • Liaise between disciplinary groups, improving collaboration and experience exchange;
  • Perform a disciplinary RDA landscape and gap analyses;
  • Organise the collation of material and interact with RDA disciplinary ambassadors

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12 Jul 2017

RE: [disciplinary-interoperability-framework-ig] DCF (was DIF) charter ready for internal review

Dear Claire,

Thanks for the comments.

I would see the work towards an disciplinary interoperability framework as task that is heavily predicated upon the work of the disciplinary collaboration group. It is also, however, a task that spans across many groups in RDA, but mainly outside RDA.

DCF can be driving force for this, working methodically and in a step-wise manner. I agree it should appear in the charter, so I will add this as part of the mission of DCF.

Kind regards,

11 Jul 2017

Re: [disciplinary-interoperability-framework-ig] DCF (was DIF) charter ready for internal review

Hello Dimitris, and all

Good job on the Charter.

"Collaboration Framework (DCF)" is a much broader than what would be
implied by "Disciplinary Interoperability Framework (DIF)," and I agree
that it is necessary to lay down a DCF before diving into a DIF.

I notice that the term "interoperability" does not appear anywhere in the
Charter. Is the current thinking that interoperability will eventually
become one focus of the the DCF, or that there will be a recommendation
further down the road for the creation of a separate DIF IG?

04 Jul 2017

DCF (was DIF) charter ready for internal review

Dear all,

I have now drafted a first version of the charter for the new group. You will notice that the name of the group has changed from Disciplinary Interoperability Framework (DIF) to Disciplinary Collaboration Framework (DCF) (following comments received).

Please do go through the (short) charter. We still need to identify co-chairs, though I shall say we need to put this as an item at the P10 breakout session of the group.
So, I would also appreciate if you could volunteer yourselves to act an initial co-chair for the group.