IG Data policy standardisation and implementation - RDA 10th Plenary meeting

Meeting title:

IG Data policy standardisation and implementation

A short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group:

Research data policies of journals and funding agencies are growing in number and these policies can increase the prevalence and practice of data sharing. However research by Jisc found that the data policy landscape of funders, institutions and publishers is too complex (Ref: http://insights.uksg.org/articles/10.1629/uksg.284/) and lacking standards, which can actually impede data sharing. Journal editors (such as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) and publishers are paying more attention to data sharing policies. Springer Nature developed a standardised research data policy framework for its journals with four standard policy types, each with a defined set of requirements, which have been adopted by approximately 1000 journals. We anticipate there being common elements of research data policy shared between all stakeholders (funders, institutions, repositories, publishers, scholarly societies), such as support for data repositories and data citation.

The Data policy standardisation and implementation IG held its first official meeting at RDA P9 in Barcelona where the proposed scope of the group was discussed and has been subsequently determined. The primary goal of the IG is to define a common framework for research data policy allowing for different levels of commitment and requirements, and disciplinary differences, that could be agreed by multiple stakeholders. Journal/publisher policy and funder policy were deemed the highest priorities and the initial focus of the IG will be on journal and publisher policy given work already undertaken on this. The IG also seeks members to contribute to or lead a funder policy work-stream.

As well as the text of data policy documents, the group also aims to produce practical implementation guidance for editors, publishers researchers and institutions; to increase adoption of standardised data policies; and to facilitate greater understanding of the landscape of research data policies across disciplines, institutions and learned societies.

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc:

IG homepage on RDA
Report from the first IG meeting, at RDA P9 (includes links to slides presented): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GiJI7kJA3MgDvJyC9zw-zHIbg3n2azhN16W_...
Naughton and Kernohan’s (2016) Jisc research on data policies: http://insights.uksg.org/articles/10.1629/uksg.284/
Springer Nature research data policies:

Meeting objectives:

1. Present the findings of the community calls that gathered requirements for journal/publisher policies
2. Establish a path to achieving our primary IG objective, at least for journal and publisher policy: a common framework for research data policy allowing for different levels of commitment and requirements and disciplinary differences that could be agreed by multiple stakeholders
3. Update the group and seek comments and feedback on our activities so far
4. Attract further group members particularly those interested in leading or participating in a funder policy work-stream
5. Establish a timeline for evolving the journal and publisher policy work-stream into a WG

Meeting agenda:

1. Brief (re)introduction to the group and our activities so far (Iain Hrynaszkiewicz; 10 mins)
2. Data policy issues for editors and publishers (Ross Wilkinson, ANDS; 10 mins)
3. Discussion (5 mins)
4. Outcomes of our community calls on journal and publisher policy (Iain Hrynaszkiewicz; 15 mins)
5. Discussion of requirements gathered - towards a framework for journal/publisher policy (15 mins)
- What is missing?
6. Funder policy developments (Sarah Jones, DCC 15 mins)
7. Discussion of potential for funder policy work-stream (15 mins)
8. Wrap up and close (5 mins)

Target audience:

This is an open session for many stakeholders. Policy makers and representatives of funding agencies, institutions, societies, repositories, publishers and standards organisations are welcome as, equally, are primary researchers who are interested in compliance with the research data policies of journals/publishers and their institutions and funding bodies.
Participants should aim to familiarize themselves with the additional links provided, in particular the report from our previous IG meeting at RDA P9, and be willing to give their perspective to contribute to the open discussion.

Group chair serving as contact person: Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Session Room: Cartier 1

Session Time:  Tuesday 19 September, Breakout 1, 11:30 - 13:00

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