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International Benchmarking the Global Open Research Commons (GORC)

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    Karen Payne

    Introduction to meeting and previous work (10 mins) – Mark Leggott

    Take away messages from P17

    Review and update: The process for proposing benchmarks, KPIs and implementations; current status of the deliverable

    Group activity discussion of submitted benchmarks (40 mins) – All

    Next steps (15 mins) – Karen Payne and Mark Leggott

    Additional links to informative material
    The most recent WG session was held at P17 in Edinburgh/Virtual. Slides and notes (main, repeat) are available online.
    The most recent IG session was held at P17 in Edinburgh/Virtual. Slides and notes (main, repeat) are available online.
    An IG session was held at P16 in Costa Rica. Slides and notes are available online.
    A Benchmarking BoF session was held at P16 in Costa Rica. Slides and notes are available online.
    Originally, three BoF sessions for the IG were 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.

    The Data Together leadership (representing RDA, CODATA, GOFAIR and WDS) have convened a series of meetings to discuss how to effectively coordinate their GORC initiatives. 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 follow up introduction event was held in June 2021 . In both cases 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 ’siloing’, refining the initial typology and framework and examining the potential for further coordination and interoperability. In addition, WG chairs are also participating in OSCER, the Open Science Commons Executive Roundtable.

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    Data Infrastructures – Organisational to Environments

    Avoid conflict with the following group (1)
    Global Open Research Commons IG

    Avoid conflict with the following group (3)
    Virtual Research Environment IG (VRE-IG)

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    Group chair serving as contact person
    Karen Payne

    Meeting objectives
    This meeting is a continuation of the regular meetings of the Global Open Research Commons International Benchmarking WG. The GORC Benchmarking WG is conducted under the umbrella, and coordinates with the Global Open Research Commons (GORC) IG as they refine the definition and typology of the Commons and work towards a roadmap for global development. The WG’s goal is to evaluate and recommend a minimal set of international benchmarks for global commons that allow researchers and developers to coordinate services and create roadmaps for international interoperability. 
    The attendees of the Benchmarking WG at P17 agreed to the general purpose and approach to the work proposed by the WG leads. Subsequent to P17, approximately 29 individuals joined the WG. We held our first regular meeting in June of 2021 to respond to Council’s feedback to the WG Case statement. It was informative feedback and helped us better define the meaning of benchmarks. Moreover, it provided the opportunity to clarify our role in the community, not as evaluators or an organization that seeks to certify commons, but rather as supporting commons developers who are creating interoperable services. 
    Between the end of July 2021 and P18 we anticipate making decisions about the form of the deliverable for the WG and will be in the process of testing and utilizing the workflow developed for researching, proposing, discussing and capturing benchmarks. In light of this, we propose the Benchmarking WG meeting at P18 essentially be a standard working meeting where members can meet and discuss potential benchmarks. This would allow anyone who is interested but not yet involved in the WG to see the process in action and provide an opportunity for the WG to be transparent about the state of our deliverables.
    The objective of this meeting will be:

    Recap and discuss any proposed refinements to the benchmark submission and approval process 

    Review the status of deliverables

    Determine next steps

    Please indicate the breakout slot (s) that would suit your meeting
    Breakout 2, Breakout 3, Breakout 5, Breakout 6, Breakout 8, Breakout 9, Breakout 11, Breakout 12, Breakout 14, Breakout 15, Breakout 17, Breakout 18, Breakout 20, Breakout 21, Breakout 23, Breakout 24

    Please select breakout slot (s) for your (optional) second live session.
    Breakout 3, Breakout 6, Breakout 9, Breakout 12, Breakout 15, Breakout 18, Breakout 21, Breakout 24

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