IG Domain Repositories RDA 9th Plenary meeting

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09 January 2017 3014 reads

Meeting title

Community-driven Research Data Management: Towards Domain Protocols for Research Data Management

Convenors: Peter Doorn (DANS) and Marie Timmermann (Science Europe)

Meeting Chair: Geraldine Clement-Stoneham (Medical Research Council, UK)

Wednesday April 5, 11:30-13:00, Room MR6

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group: 

Data Management Plans (DMP) are becoming the main tool to enforce policies on research data management directed at researchers. Research Funding Programs increasingly require DMPs, e.g. DMPs also are mandatory under the Open Science policy of Horizon 2020.
The Science Europe (SE) Working Group on Research Data Management Protocols, composed of representatives of both Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations, has worked on a modular framework for disciplinary ‘research data management protocols’ (RDMP). This framework is intended to offer a pragmatic solution to ensure proper implementation of Data Management Plans. The Working Group has compared its framework against other models that do already exist or are currently developed and submitted its proposal to various scientific communities for proof of concept.

The background of this initiative is to make RDM planning and evaluation easier for all parties involved, by proposing research communities to develop what we call “RDM protocols”. Such protocols are intended as generic or “blueprint” domain/community DMPs that can serve as a starting point for individual researchers in a given field. An RDM protocol is to contain the usual elements of a DMP, paying special attention to standards and guidelines for data management that are relevant for a specific field or research community sharing similar data collection and processing methods. You can consider such a protocol to be like a template that is already filled in for the larger part, perhaps offering alternatives from which a researcher can choose. The protocol will not replace the DMP of individual researchers, rather will it be a building block to start from, in between a default DMP and a recommendation based on best practices, offering guidance or prescribed procedures. A researcher will not be required to blindly obey an RDM protocol: she can always deviate, giving an explanation or reason why. But her life will potentially be as easy as stating that her DMP is following the protocol of her field.

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


Meeting objectives

The objectives of the meeting are

  • To present the group’s approach and the resulting framework to the Domain Repositories Interest Group and other RDA P9 participants
  • To compare it to other existing approaches, from communities and institutions and to identify common points, differences and gaps
  • To discuss means of and identify partners for the implementation of a commonly used framework for RDMPs

Meeting agenda

1. Introduction to Domain Protocols for Research Data Management (Peter Doorn (DANS) and Patrick Aerts (DANS/NLeSC), 15 minutes - Slides attached below

2. Applicability of Protocols for DMPs – reactions from perspective of policy makers and funders

  • The H2020 Open Research Data Pilot and FAIR Data Management (Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit "Data, Open Access and foresight"; Chair Open Science Taskforce, European Commission, 10 minutes)
  • The ERC Open Access Working Group – Work on Open Data and DMPs (Martin Stokhof, Vice President ERC, 10 minutes) - Slides attached below

3. Applicability of Protocols for DMPs – Forum discussion with reactions from research communities (45 minutes)

Panel members:

4. Summary of the outcomes (Peter Doorn, 5 minutes)

5. Announcement of new chairs of the Domain Repsoitories Interest Group (DRIG) (5 minutes)


For this open session, we invite representatives of the scientific communities, policy makers and DMP specialists who are familiar with the development of RDMPs or have experience with their implementation or use. 
Other RDA Groups for which this session may be interesting: IG for Active Data Management Plans; proposed IG for Data Policy Standardization and Implementation.

Group chair serving as contact: Peter Doorn; Co-chairs: Ruth Duerr and Bob Hanisch (both standing down in Barcelona)

The document attached below is a draft for consultation. The report is not yet approved by the Science Europe Governing Board. Please send comments to Marie.Timmermann@scienceeurope.org