The overarching objectives of this Working Group (WG) are:
to clearly define detailed guidelines on data sharing under the present COVID-19 circumstances to help stakeholders follow best practices to maximize the efficiency of their work,
to develop guidelines for policymakers to maximise timely data sharing and appropriate responses in such health emergencies, and
- to address the interests of researchers, policy makers, funders, publishers, and providers of data sharing infrastructures.
The group will address the development of such detailed guidelines on the deposit of different data sources in any common data hub or platform. The guidelines aim at developing a system for data sharing in public health emergencies that supports scientific research and policy making, including an overarching framework, common tools and processes, and principles that can be embedded in research practice. The guidelines to be developed will address general aspects related to the principles the data should adhere to (FAIR and other principles), as well as specificities related to five thematic and two overarching areas (below).
The COVID-19 WG, since April 1st, has created five releases of the recommendations and guidelines, with ongoing efforts to continue to add and review material:
A set of Guideline documents, highlighting the primary data sharing resources in five areas each with different data types and two cross-cutting themes (legal and ethics, software). Other areas will be added, if required, as the effort proceeds.
A set of Resource lists in each of these areas.
A Decision Tree tool to facilitate navigation to specific Resources.
This Working Group operates according to the RDA guiding principles of Openness, Consensus, Balance, Harmonization, Community-driven, Non-profit and technology-neutral and is OPEN TO ALL. This group is part of the joint activities carried out by CODATA, GO FAIR, RDA and WDS under their Data Together statement.
If you would like to review and contribute to content pertaining to the RDA COVID-19 WG initiative, please do the following:
- Become a member of the RDA.
- Join the main COVID-19 WG by clicking the "Join Group" link. This will enroll you in the email list for overall updates on the initiative, including announcements regarding the update webinars.
- Join the COVID-19 sub-group according to your expertise and interest; follow the links below to find your sub-group(s) and then click the "Join Group" link:
Helpful information can be found on the main COVID-19 WG wiki, including Q&As from the ongoing webinar sessions and how to submit resources for the catalogue being compiled. Updates and discussions on the overarching COVID-19 group can be found within the Posts section of the wiki, including all emails sent via the main WG's mailing list. Update webinars and related meetings for the overall group can be found at Events.
Sub-groups will organize their specific wiki pages and processes according to their group preferences, but in general, the structure is the same as for the main WG's webpages. Please reach out to the sub-group moderators or use the applicable email list for more information; see the Working & Sub-Group Organization wiki page for contact information.
To provide feedback on the "RDA COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations":
The current draft of the "RDA COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations" can be found in the Outputs section of this webpage; be sure to select the most current version that is attached for review, and provide comments using the "Add new comment" link below the attachments.
The weekly "RDA COVID-19 Update Webinar" occurs almost every Tuesday at 11:00 am Universal Time (UTC), and provides updates on the overarching COVID-19, Legal and Ethical, Research Software, Community Participation Working Groups, Indigenous Data contribution, and the four research themes (clinical, omics, peidemiology, social sciences), along with an opportunity for members to ask questions. Please register for these webinars at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6250412848820262157,.
Recordings and presentations are posted on the Events meeting links for those who cannot attend the live sessions.