IG Research Data Management in Engineering

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27 Jun 2019
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 

The revised IG charter has been submitted to RDA on 31st May 2019. Depending on the result of the next round of TAB and community reviews the IG members planned in different telephone conferences the following working meeting objectives: 

    • Introductions from professional societies (e.g. IEEE, UK EPSRC) which are not yet represented within RDA (see also the Google Sheet for identifying and asking profession society contacts)

    • Forming task forces, for some of the following possible topics (or others):

      • Aim at the development of best data management practice guides depending on the engineering (sub-)disciplines

      • Identify ways to exchange information & RDM knowledge bases

      • Translating FAIR for engineers

      • Ways for raising awareness on RDM, RDA and this IG in engineering

      • Identify relevant engineering organizations/ conferences/ meetings

      • Use cases on large-scale datasets and metadata

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GbQ4yxNinqmANMdm2N6b-jUhVLYvia4DXW1jmBh5OlM/edit?usp=sharing

Short introduction of the IG (10 minutes)

  • Election of co-chairs

    • Introduction of the candidates

    • Election

    • Introducing Engineering professional societies and how they can contribute to the IG (30 min.)

    • Identification of the most important task forces  
      (40 minutes)

      • Brief presentation of possible task forces and example use cases

      • Discussion

      • Setting priorities

      • Launching of task forces & identification of contact persons

      • First teamwork of the task forces

    • Summary and next steps 

Target Audience: 

This IG is open to all participants and encourages in particular practitioners, researchers and other experts as well as community representatives in engineering disciplines. Particularly, but not exclusively, the IG welcomes members from the following backgrounds:

  • Scientists involved engineering science, doing contract research, to share their experience in dealing with RDM questions and non-disclosure agreements

  • Industrial representatives from major and minor companies representing engineering science and the industry sector

  • Practitioners of software engineering for the industry sector

  • Policy-makers for non-disclosure agreements & legal experts

  • HPC and distributed computing experts

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

At P12 in Gaborone, Botswana, a first session has been organized to foster the discussion about data sharing and research data management challenges in engineering. With more than 40 persons the meeting room was crowded demonstrating a huge interest in this topic (see additional links below). 


Another meeting took place at P13 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with representatives from the different sections: 5 researchers, 3 from industry, 10 from library, 7 research data providers and 2 funder representatives. The focus of this session was the discussion about  the aims of the IG and getting feedback about the charter and the TAB comments from the community. For this purpose, ideas on involving engineers to RDA, approach on getting and creating best practices and engineering metadata are compiled in teamwork.

After P13 a small group worked on a new version of the charter statement.

The first focus, the group were working on, is awareness. Starting with a presentation and information material about RDA at Wind Energy Science Conference 2019 in Cork by Nikola Vasiljevic. The group is also working on a list of engineering societies and associations, in order to bring engineers and RDA together and create a starting point. Therefore it will also be part of the meeting agenda.

Short Group Status: 

The revised IG charter has been submitted to RDA on 31st May 2019. The IG is not endorsed yet, but several activities like the creation of a list of engineering societies and associations are started.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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