IG Mapping the Landscape

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Meeting title
Connecting Landscapes: Alignment processes Among Data Products, Services, Ontologies, and Tools

Collaborative session notes
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Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group

The scope of the Mapping of the Landscape (MoL) Interest Group is to ‘map’ the landscape of projects that are mapping the landscape of activities or assets related to building Research Data Infrastructures that enable the sharing of data, tools and computational infrastructures. The MoL IG has created a working catalogue of MoL projects to help the members RDA community navigate the landscape of research data infrastructures that may be relevant to their research.
The group aims to expand the value and function of this catalogue by:
1) Continuing to develop an inventory of types of activities (data capture, portrayal tools, etc.), methodologies (e.g., survey descriptions, data/information gathering techniques), and map ‘legends’ (i.e., ontologies and vocabularies) used to provide information to groups or agencies wanting to undertake a MoL project (i.e., MoLers) to help find the optimal/most effective way to plan and undertake their own MoL projects and component activities.
2) Exploring mechanisms that enable cross-referencing of data embedded in MoL infrastructures or depicting relational information, including
a) A proposal for organizations to self-publish their basic high-level and subgroup information in a machine readable format to aid in automated data collection.
b) Dynamic visualization tools
c) Common filters, keywords, and other automated processes that aggregate data from a range of sources

Additional links

Mapping the Landscape Interest Group Page: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/mapping-landscape-ig
IG Charter Statement (Endorsed 6 February, 2018) : https://docs.google.com/document/d/10G9tbe4gqauVrCDdsN8-wbtJjqJj4_w1lvZ3... https://rd-alliance.org/group/mapping-landscape-ig/case-statement/mappin...
Mapping of the Landscape Catalogue: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MIpGocUf4AnJTGk06uVH0ZNKbf9OHmys...
Past Plenaries:
11th Plenary IG Berlin:
https://rd-alliance.org/ig-mapping-landscape-rda-11th-plenary-meeting
10th Plenary IG Montreal: https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-mapping-landscape-rda-10th-plenary-meeting
9th Plenary IG Barcelona: https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-mapping-landscape-rda-9th-plenary-meeting
8th Plenary BoF Denver: https://rd-alliance.org/global-collaborations-building-research-data-inf...

Meeting objectives

The scope of the Mapping of the Landscape (MoL) Interest Group is to ‘map’ the landscape of projects that are mapping the landscape of activities or assets related to building Research Data Infrastructures that enable the sharing of data, tools and computational infrastructures. The MoL IG has created a working catalogue of MoL projects to help the members RDA community navigate the landscape of research data infrastructures that may be relevant to their research.

The group aims to expand the value and function of this catalogue by:

Examination and feature of current mapping activities for the purpose of expanding and maintaining the catalog, and continuing to refine the inventory of types of activities (data capture, portrayal tools, etc.), methodologies (e.g., survey descriptions, data/information gathering techniques), and map ‘legends’ (i.e., ontologies and vocabularies) used to provide information to groups or agencies wanting to undertake a MoL project (i.e., MoLers) to help find the optimal/most effective way to plan and undertake their own MoL projects and component activities.

Exploring mechanisms that enable greater access to and visibility of data embedded in MoL infrastructures or depicting relational information, including:
1)A feature on RDA processes and infrastructures
2) A presentation on current RDA mapping activities
3) An invitation to present on, or explore
a)Dynamic visualization tools
b) Common filters, keywords, and other automated processes that aggregate data from a range of sources

Meeting agenda

Introduction: Group history, purpose and use of project datalog 10 minutes

Suggested activity presenters (5 minutes each):
Rebecca Koskela: Mapping RDA groups and activities
Lesley Wyborn: Earth Space and Environmental Sciences Interest Group mapping activities
Nancy Hoebelheinrich: Mapping Curricula to the FAIR principles

Floating period for up to two more activity presenters (10 minutes)

Featured topic: Alignment and visibility within the RDA framework. Stephanie Kethers is invited to present on alternatives to the google doc currently used as the project catalog in order to better integrate into RDA framework and raise visibility of this tool, and if suitable will give a general presentation on tools and processes mappers can use to make their projects more visible within RDA. (20 minutes)

Round Robin: methodologies and processes to ensure continuity and usability. Members are invited to share their mapping experience, particularly on the processes they use to keep their maps current after the project active phase is over. (15 minutes)

Conclusion: final questions, directions for the future, and the leadership of the IG. (5-10 minutes)

Audience: Please specify who is your target audience and how they should prepare for the meeting

People who are participating in (or have completed) MoL projects of Research Data infrastructures;

Those that are thinking of undertaking a MoL project;

Those that want to learn of the diversity of research data infrastructures that are out there; and how they can make their projects more relevant and visible within RDA using RDA frameworks

Those interested in exploring use of existing MoL projects as tools to connect their stakeholders with relevant information in the research landscape.

Group chair serving as contact person
Rowena Davis

Type of meeting
Working meeting