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Open Science Graphs for FAIR Data IG – TAB Review

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    Lynn Yarmey
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    Interest Group Title: Open Science Graphs for FAIR Data IG

    Group Page:  https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/open-science-graphs-fair-data-ig

    Case Stament: https://www.rd-alliance.org/sites/default/files/case_statement/RDA_IG_Op

    Revised Case Statement: https://www.rd-alliance.org/sites/default/files/case_statement/Open%20Sc

    Proposers: Wouter Haak, Martin Fenner, Amir Aryani, Paolo Manghi

    Date Received by TAB: 17 June 2019

     

     

    Comments on the revised case statement

    The co-chairs have fully addressed the issue raised during the previous review regarding  engagement with other RDA groups. There is now a clearly defined objective to engage and collaborate with other FAIR related groups with the RDA community e.g. Metadata, GO-FAIR, PID etc. 

    One outstanding issue is the lack of diversity of the co-chairs, and it is not clear if this has been resolved. The revised case statement does not include a list of the group co-chairs but there is a supporting comment indicating that they are activley seeking additional co-chairs in an effort to address these issues. I recommend this group is now approved with a caveat that they must resolve the co-chair diversity issue before P16. 

    Additional Comments of Co-chairs on revised case statement: 

    • Comment on Capacity: we are considering the inclusion of an extra co-chair matching gender and geographical requirements. We have some names in mind, we will let you know.
    • Additional comment: “The co-chairs of this group are running a workshop at the forthcoming 2nd Open Science Fair conference that will take place in Porto, Lisbon on 16 – 18 September 2019. The session description is similar to the case statement for this group but makes no mention of RDA https://www.opensciencefair.eu/workshops-2019/open-science-graphs-interoperability-workshop It would be helpful to understand how the outcomes of this workshop will be used in the context of the RDA IG, especially as there has been no session proposal for P14 in Helsinki”. The reason of the workshop was to target a different audience, that of Open Science stakeholders, which goes beyond data practitioners and researchers. The idea was to broaden participation and catalyse the attention to Open Science Graphs beyond RDA. We have of course invited participants to join and continue the discussion in Helsinki. The workshop went well, full room, people standing. 

    Summary:The Open Science Graphs for FAIR Data IG brings togther a number of relevant initiatives tackling the the topic of interoperability and aspects of FAIR not currently being addressed elsewhere in RDA. It builds on previous groups now in maintenance mode, has clear ideas about how WGs may spin off to create outputs. This group already has quite an extensive list of members, which demonstrates the level of interest  in the topic within RDA. The OSG IG is also part of joint session with the Scholix and DDRI WGs at P15, which demonstrates real engagement with other relevant RDA groups.

    Focus and Fit: Interlinking of research assets such as data, software, publications etc. are topics that are currently being addressed in various contexts and the proposed IG would bring these discussions togther within an RDA group. This is the best place for this type of topic, and the interested parties are already invested and involved in RDA.

    This group already has quite an extensive list of members, which demonstrates the level of interest  in the topic within RDA. The OSG IG is also part of joint session with the Scholix and DDRI WGs at P15, which demonstrates real engagement with other relevant RDA groups.

    Capacity:

    This group has an excellent range of expertise ranging from academia to publishers/industry that represent most if not all of the key initiatives in this topic area. Leadership and membership includes chairs of previous RDA groups

    However, the diversity of the co-chairs for this proposed IG is an outstanding issue that will need to be addressed..  

    Impact and Engagement:

    The IG will help the FAIR data ecosystem be more understandable and usable by helping to show relationships and improve discoverability.  The premise of the group is one that will resonate with the membership but it is not for those totally new to research data who may not even know what a graph is or other assumptions the charter makes about the sophistication of the reader.  The co-chairs should consider adding a line or two that helps those new to this topic, such as early career researchers and students.

    The proposed group builds on and supports the outputs of selected previous RDA WGs, which is also important for the long-term impact of RDA outputs.This group already has quite an extensive list of members, which demonstrates the level of interest  in the topic within RDA. The OSG IG is also part of joint session with the Scholix and DDRI WGs at P15, which demonstrates real engagement with other relevant RDA groups.

    Recommendation: Charter is Sufficient X; Charter Requires Revision __; Charter is Rejected __

     


    NOTE: The text below relates to the review of the original case statement and are included as a historical record of interaction only

    Summary

    The Open Science Graphs for FAIR Data IG brings togther a number of relevant initiatives tackling the the topic of interoperability and aspects of FAIR not currently being addressed elsewhere in RDA. It builds off previous groups now in maintenance mode, has clear ideas about how WGs may spin off to create outputs, and builds off a successful BOF at P13. This IG will be an interesting and welcome addition to the RDA family of groups. 

     

    Focus and Fit:  

    (Are the Interest Group objectives aligned with the RDA mission ?  Is the scope too large for effective progress, too small for an RDA effort, or not appropriate for the RDA?  Overall, is this a worthwhile effort for the RDA to take on?  Is this an effort that adds value over and above what is currently being done within the community?)

    Interlinking of research assets such as data, software, publications etc. are topics that are currently being addressed in various contexts and the proposed IG would bring these discussions togther within an RDA group. This is the best place for this type of topic, and the interested parties are already invested and involved in RDA.

    However, the case statement includes no reference to potential interactions with other relevant interest and working groups, especially those addressing aspects of FAIR, persistent identifiers and metadata such as the PID, Metadata, and Go-FAIR IGs, and FAIR Data Maturity Model WG . The co-chairs are requested to add some more information regarding potential and planned interactions with other RDA groups.

     

    Capacity:

    (Does the initial membership list include sufficient expertise, and disciplinary and international representation?  Are the people involved in the Interest Group sufficient to make tangible progress?  What individuals or organizations are missing?) 

    This group has an excellent range of expertise ranging from academia to publishers/industry that represent most if not all of the key initiatives in this topic area. Leadership and membership includes chairs of previous RDA groups

    However, the diversity of the co-chairs for this proposed IG needs to be addressed in terms of both gender and geographical distribution with representation that currently only appears to be only from Europe and Australia.  

     

    Impact and Engagement:

    (Is it likely that the Interest Group will engage the intended community?  Is there evidence that the research community wants this?  Will the outcome(s) of the Interest Group foster data sharing and/or exchange?)

    The IG will help the FAIR data ecosystem be more understandable and usable by helping to show relationships and improve discoverability.  The premise of the group is one that will resonate with the membership but it is not for those totally new to research data who may not even know what a graph is or other assumptions the charter makes about the sophistication of the reader.  The co-chairs should consider adding a line or two that helps those new to this topic, such as early career researchers and students.

    The proposed group builds on and supports the outputs of selected previous RDA WGs, which is also important for the long-term impact of RDA outputs.

     

    Recommendation:  Charter is Sufficient _; Charter Requires Revision _X_; Charter is Rejected __

     

    Additional Comments: A few typos in the charter, definitely should fix this one, policymakers toefine and adopt” should be “policymakers *to define* and adopt.”

    The co-chairs of this group are running a workshop at the forthcoming 2nd Open Science Fair conference that will take place in Porto, Lisbon on 16 – 18 September 2019. The session description is similar to the case statement for this group but makes no mention of RDA https://www.opensciencefair.eu/workshops-2019/open-science-graphs-interoperability-workshop It would be helpful to understand how the outcomes of this workshop will be used in the context of the RDA IG, especially as there has been no session proposal for P14 in Helsinki

     

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