IG Marine Data Harmonization - RDA 10th Plenary meeting

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Meeting title:

MDH-IG: identifying current challenges to harmonization

A short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group:

There are numerous efforts underway (within and outside the RDA) in areas which contribute to advancing marine data management and harmonization. The Marine Data Harmonisation IG seeks to promote the development of a common global framework for marine data management that draws on as many of these initiatives as possible.  It aims to both inform the activities of other relevant RDA IG/WGs with input from these activities in the marine domain, and to disseminate the outcomes of the relevant IG/WGs throughout the marine data management community.

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Meeting objectives:

Data managers currently face a diverse range of challenges to harmonising marine data. There are also a growing number of initiatives addressing different aspects of marine data harmonisation and/or interoperability. Some, but not all, of these activities are overlapping and have a duplication of effort to some degree.

This session will aim to recognise and prioritise some of the current common challenges for marine data managers. It will also identify those initiatives currently addressing various aspects of marine data harmonisation and develop a better understanding of the scope of each, including the technical resources (e.g. standards, ontologies, catalogues, vocabularies, best practices etc.) these efforts potentially deliver.

The outcomes of this session will be a prioritised list of the current challenges faced by marine data managers that also identifies those initiatives (including relevant RDA IG/WGs) currently addressing some aspect of these topics.


Meeting agenda:

0 - 10 min       Introduction

10 - 30 min     What are the current challenges for marine data harmonisation?

            3 short presentations (5 mins) by selected marine data managers describing current recognised challenges

30 – 45 min    Discussion

The outcome of this discussion will be a prioritised list of challenges for marine data harmonisation

45 - 60 min     Current initiatives addressing some aspect of marine data management

Short presentations (5 mins) outlining the scope of 3 relevant projects focussing on how they are addressing issues related to marine data harmonisation

60 - 85 min     Discussion

This discussion will focus on how the initiatives presented are addressing the challenges to marine data harmonisation identified earlier in the session. It will also aim to identify other relevant projects/activities that are addressing some aspect of these challenges.

85 – 90 min    Wrap up and next actions



Target audience:

This session is aimed at anyone who is engaged in any form of data stewardship or research in the marine domain. Participation is also encouraged for those people who are involved in any project or initiative (including RDA IG/WGs) that is addressing topics that are relevant to marine data harmonisation.

Group chair serving as contact person: Helen Glaves

Type of meeting: Informative meeting

Session Room: Mansfield 3

Session Time:  Thursday 21 September, Breakout 7, 09:00 - 10:30

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