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Defining and classifying Global Open Research Commons to promote alignment and collaboration

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    Sarah Jones

    Collaborative Notes Link:
    Introduction to a definition of an Open Research Commons and the typology (10 mins)

    A short overview of our proposals with background context on how they were reached. A longer pre-recorded explanation will also be available online in advance.

    Facilitated discussion on the definition (20 mins)

    A mentimeter session with guided questions to validate the core elements of the definition proposed

    Facilitated discussion on the typology (40 mins)

    A mentimeter session with guided questions to validate the core elements of the typology proposed

    Where next with Working Groups (20 mins)

    A guided discussion to identify concrete use cases for implementation and who will work on these

    Introduction to BoF on Benchmarking

    Additional links to informative material
    Three BoF sessions have been run at previous events:

    At the 11th RDA plenary in Berlin in March 2018 there was a BoF entitled Towards a Global Open Science Commons. This included presentations on the African Open Science Platform, the Australian Research Data Commons, the European Open Science Cloud, the NIH data commons and Canadian activities. 

    At International Data Week in Gaborone in November 2018, a SciDataCon session was held on Delivering a Global Open Science Commons. Again a number of presentations were given to profile existing work, after which the group discussion pointed to a number of next steps. 

    At the 13th Plenary in Philadelphia in April 2019 there was a BoF entitled Coordinating Global Open Science Commons initiatives. This session focused on group work to advance a typology and identification of areas in which it makes sense to collaborate and coordinate work.

    In addition, at the CODATA 2019 ‘Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms’ conference in Beijing in September 2019, a session was held on Coordinating Global Open Science Commons Initiatives. A number of presentations were given and further discussion was focused on understanding possible areas for consensus building and collaboration, surveying initiatives that aim to coordinate Open Science activities and reduce ’silo-isation’, refining the initial typology and framework and examining the potential for further coordination and interoperability. 
    Suggested literature for the Groups also includes:

    Principles for Open Scholarly infrastructures

    Elinor Ostrom’s Principles for Managing A Commons

    The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) 

    Are you willing to hold your session at multiple times to accommodate various time zones?

    Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group
    The Global Open Research Commons IG and associated WGs will coordinate global activity on the development of Open Science platforms such as the EOSC and ARDC. The Interest Group will hold the overall mission and define key activities for development through working groups. It will also socialise the community to the concept and value of such work. The first working group will define a typology for data commons and identify a few areas where we can productively work together in short projects.


    Group chair serving as contact person
    Sarah Jones

    Meeting objectives
    The main objective of this session is to solicit feedback on work to date and identify possible Working Group activities. The first two planned activities of the Interest Group are to: 

    Build consensus and alignment around the description/vision of a Commons.

    Define and validate a typology of Open Science Commons to provide a framework to make infrastructures more interoperable thereby resolving societal challenges at a global scale

    We are currently proposing a generic description of Open Research Commons based on the definitions and values on which each of our organisations is constituted. In addition, we are analysing the service component diagrams from each of our initiatives to identify common elements that can be used to propose a typology. The outputs from this work will be shared in advance of the plenary and short presentations will be recorded so the session can focus on community feedback.
    In addition to this, the meeting will also cover brainstorming on potential topics for Working Groups and a roadmap for activities for the Interest Group as a whole. One proposal for a benchmarking Working Group is already being formulated. The typology will present the core components of a Commons so may offer other ideas of potential Working Groups e.g. service catalogues. We will also proactively seek alignements with existing IG/WGs.
    A BoF session on benchmarking Global Open Research Commons will be submitted so we would appreciate our sessions running concurrently and not clashing.

    Please indicate the breakout slot (s) that would suit your meeting
    Breakout 1, Breakout 3, Breakout 6, Breakout 8

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