IG Libraries for Research Data - RDA 12th Plenary meeting

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Meeting title: Engaging with Researchers and Understanding FAIR Principles

Meeting room: Okavango 1

Collaborative session notes:


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

Research Data have become a primary research asset that often requires continued access in the dynamic environment of mobile researchers, volatile repositories, transient products and short-lived standards. Libraries have looked after written research assets for centuries and now tackle the challenge of adapting their function to making data reliably accessible and re-usable.

Additional links to informative material related to the group:


Meeting objectives:

The L4RD IG has identified three projects that we will work on for the next year:

1. Researcher engagement case studies project
The goal of this project will be to gather different use cases of institutional approaches to engaging researchers with research data, discuss their pros, cons and suitability for particular institutional settings, with the aim to allow institutions to evaluate these different approach and choose the ones most suitable for their particular situations. If a sufficient number of high quality case studies will be gathered, a publication in a dedicated textbook will be considered.

2. 23 Things to be revised
FAIR principles in the Library context
This initiative will work to collect and generate a version of the popular "23 Things" document focused explicitly on making data FAIR. For the original version of the L4RD 23 Things see

3. FAIR lesson in a carpentry style
Develop a FAIR lesson for librarians in collaboration with the Carpentries (https://carpentries.org/)
This project will provide an opportunity for the RDA L4RD IG to partner with Library Carpentry on developing FAIR data lessons for Librarians.
For the initial content sprint see: https://github.com/LibraryCarpentry/lc-research-data

This meeting will be used to start and/or continue work being done on these projects, and develop strategies and next steps for moving them forward.

Meeting agenda:


1. Introduce three new IG projects
--Research Engagement Case Studies
--23 Things for FAIR Principles in the Library
--Collaboration with The Carpentries to develop a FAIR lesson for librarians
2. Present what has been done so far
3. Break out into groups for each project
4. Report next steps


Our target audience is members of the L4RD IG, and anyone else interested in research data in the context of libraries. They should prepare by having either indicated via our survey (already sent out) which projects they are interested in contributing to, and looking at the working documents and/or links for each project.

Group chair serving as contact person: Juliane Schneider

Type of meeting: Working meeting