Mapping the Landscape mini Summit: consolidated knowledge of all data organizations
A 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 groups that are Mapping the Landscape of activities or assets related to Research Data Infrastructures that enable the sharing of data, tools and computational infrastructures. The Map of the Landscape IG hopes to create an inventory of these mapping activities to provide users with an index of “maps” that provide information on groups, agencies, or tools that will help users navigate the data landscape to find optimal tools and data for their individual activities and projects.
At Plenary 8 in Denver, a BoF on was held on ‘Mapping the Landscape of Global Collaborations in Building Data Infrastructures’ to discuss a proposal for simply Mapping Of the Landscape (MoL) of organisations and activities that are focussed on developing data infrastructures, both within and beyond RDA (https://www.rd-alliance.org/mapping-landscape-global-collaborations-buil... ). However, once the BoF was advertised, eight groups doing ‘MoL’ activities across a variety of data infrastructures and organisations offered to make presentations on their activities, effectively turning the BoF into a ‘MoL of MoL activities’. Plenary 8 resoundingly showed that firstly it was logical to attempt to coordinate all of these MoL activities, but secondly it also highlighted that there was no agreed process on how to undertake a MoL activity so that outputs from each effort could be synthesised and leveraged.
At Plenary 9 in Barcelona a breakout session on ‘Formalising the Mapping of the Landscape Interest Group and Scoping Activities’ was held. (https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-mapping-landscape-rda-9th-plenary-meeting ) and there was agreement to form an RDA Interest Group. Eight additional MoL groups were identified and a Map of the Landscape Index table was created to try to capture the key points for each MoL activity. Several effective methodologies for displaying and visualising MoL activities were demonstrated and could be used for a variety of MoLs. It was also felt that a really useful attribute to capture would be the the strategy and reason behind why the MoL was being undertaken. It was also agreed to cut the scope back to just preparing a “map” of the MoL activities being undertaken.
However, there was consent that like any geographical map, a ‘Map’ of the MoLs needed a legend of some sort. What was noted was:
1) There was no agreed vocabulary or ontology to describe what each MoL is doing in a consistent way; and
2) That there was a diversity of infrastructures that each was trying to map (technology, data/information, computational systems, etc).
Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc:
Interest Group Page: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/mapping-landscape-ig
Case Statement: https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/mapping-landscape-ig/case-statement/ma...
Mapping of the Landscape Index Table: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MIpGocUf4AnJTGk06uVH0ZNKbf9OHmys...
The meeting objectives are to progress the MoL Interest Group further, in particular to review potential products that could be used as a ‘legend’ for the Map of the MoLs with a view to finalising the methodology that would underpin the case statement.
1. Introduction, review of history of group, and tour de la table (10 minutes);
2. Presentation on Activities to date including Index Table (15 Minutes - 5 minutes each):
a. EarthCube (Rowena Davis, Lynn Schreiber)
b. Atlas of Knowledge (Raphael Ritz)
c. Atlas of Organisaitons (Steve Diggs)
3. Presentations on new MoL activities (5 minutes each, 15 minutes max) not covered so far;
a. Biosharing MoL (Peter McQuilton)
4. Presentation on ‘map legends’ (Lesley Wyborn and Markus Stocker) (20 minutes):
a) The Open Information Linking for Environmental Research Infrastructures (OIL-E) (https://confluence.egi.eu/display/EC/OIL-E ) with discussion as to whether it does describe a high level, the types of activities being undertaken in the MoLs and whether it provides the semantic linking requirements of research data infrastructures;
b) The Reference Model for Open Distributed Processing (http://www.rm-odp.net/ ) which is based ISO/IEC 10746 (https://www.iso.org/standard/20696.html )) with discussion on whether it provides a high level subdivision of MoL activities (10 minutes);
c) Research Classifications (http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/4AE1B46AE2048A28CA25741800044242?opendocument).
6. Discussion on ‘best practices to follow if you are engaged in a MoL effort and Review of Charter (20 minutes)
7. Next steps, including online meetings, goals and milestones (10 minutes)
The target audience is both people who are participating in Mapping of the Landscape activities, those that are thinking of undertaking a MoL and those that what to learn of the diversity of data infrastructures that are out there.
Group chair serving as contact person: Lesley Wyborn
Type of meeting: Working meeting
Session Room: International 2
Session Time: Tuesday 19 September, Breakout 2, 14:00 - 15:30
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