IG Data Policy Standardisation and Implementation - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

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IG Data Policy Standardisation and Implementation (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TJWfTaYiC6gCIxslMwiRek7RE2X0I8DfAU8n...

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 the data policy landscape of funders, institutions and publishers is too complex and lacking standards, which can actually impede data sharing. Journal editors and publishers are paying more attention to data sharing policies, for example, 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. However 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

IG homepage: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/data-policy-standardisation-and-imple...

IG Case Statement: https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/data-policy-standardisation-and-implem...

Report from the second IG meeting, at RDA P10: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UaSscj5jKhosa_VpOb3oVGk-KdfPaAfz3O5M...

Meeting objectives

1. Update group members and session participants on general group activities, including reviewing the path to achieving our IG objectives, and seek feedback.
2. Present a draft journal data policy framework, informed by requirements gathered from the community and previous discussion IG meeting, as a potential outcome of group work and provide an opportunity for review and discussion.
3. Continue engagement with funders on data policy standardisation with a presentation by representatives of the Belmont Forum focused on data availability statements.
4. Attract further members to the group.
5. Identify next steps for the IG.

Meeting agenda

1. Brief overview of the group: objectives and progress to date (10 mins)
2. Draft journal data policy framework – presentation of group work followed by discussion (45 mins)
3. Funder policies: Data Accessibility (Availability) Statements – presentation by representatives of the Belmont Forum followed by discussion (30 mins)
4. Next steps and wrap up (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 familiarise themselves with the additional links provided, in particular the report from our previous IG meeting at RDA P10, and be willing to give their perspective to contribute to the open discussion.

Group chair serving as contact person: Natasha Simons

Type of meeting: Working meeting

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