status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Mingfang Wu, Fotis Psomopoulos, Kathleen Gregory

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org


RDA Interest Group Charter

Name of Interest Group:  Data Discovery Paradigms IG


Introduction:

The F.A.I.R. Principles, i.e. that data should be “Findable, Accessible, Interpretable and Reusable”, have become a key theme of Open Science. To comply with the first of these criteria, being Findable, we need a data infrastructure that supports users in discovering research data regardless of its location or the manner in which it is stored, described and exposed. This is a significant and growing challenge, as the number of research data repositories, and the need for cross-disciplinary data discovery, increases. This interest group aims to explore common elements and shared issues that those who search for data, and who build systems that enable data search, share.

Objectives:

The objectives for this interest group are to provide a forum where representatives from across the spectrum of stakeholders and roles pertaining to data search can discuss issues related to improving data discovery. The goal is to deliver guidelines and recommendations that can be adopted by data repositories, infrastructure developers, data producers and data users to improve the discovery and use of research data.

Key questions the IG wishes to address:

At RDAP8, we identified a long list of topics pertaining to data discovery, which were then voted by the group members to a shortlist of 10 topics. The top 5 of these have been selected as the key Task Forces which the group is focusing on (linked to the wiki page for each Task Force). Three of the Task Forces were officially closed at the RDA P11 after producing the corresponding outputs; these were:

The Interest Group currently has two active Task Forces: 

 

For more details on the full list of potential task forces and the process followed in selecting them, please see the page on Task Forces.

 

Timeline:

Related Activities:

  • NASA’s WG on Search Relevancy – focus is on improving search result relevance for EOSDIS data
  • ESIP’s Information Quality Cluster and NASA’s WG on Data Quality are both addressing ways of capturing and conveying quality information
  • ESIP's Semantic Technologies Cluster which is working on guidelines for using schema.org
  • W3C’s Best Practices for Spatial Data on the Web aims to improve discoverability and accessibility of geodata

Other RDA IGs whose activities are of interest and who we will interact with:

  • Metadata
  • Registries
  • Brokering
  • PIDs
  • Research data collections

Participation:

The Data Discovery Paradigms Interest Group is open to all members and encourages active participation through the Task Force mechanism. Task Forces have phone conferences on a regular basis. To become active in either the Task Forces or propose other activities for the IG, please contact the Chairs. 

 

 

Posts

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November
2021
08
October
2021

Next meeting and upcoming dates

by Kathleen Gregory

Dear all,  I am writing with an update and reminder of upcoming dates for the interest group.  As the 18th plenary will be taking place during the first 2 weeks of November, we have decided to cancel the group meeting on 21 October. Our session at the plenary (draft program) is scheduled for 04 November, at 7:00-8:30 UTC., and our next group meeting will then take place after the plenary, on 18 November.  To summarize:
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24
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 draft programme now available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Co-Chairs, The RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-18th-plenary-meeting-programme. Please note that the Plenary dates have been revised to 3-11 November 2021.
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14
September
2021

Next Data Discovery Paradigms IG call

by Kathleen Gregory

Dear all, This is a kind reminder that our regular DDPIG call will be this Thursday, September 16th at 12:00 UTC (see here for your local time). The connection details are at the end of this email. The agenda will be to review the discussion topics for the upcoming 18th plenary. We will discuss the current plenary agenda draft for the session, and you may see our past meeting notes here. Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday. Warm regards, Mingfang, Fotis and Kathleen -- Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
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09
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Data Discovery Paradigms IG, The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) has completed its review of session applications for the RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) and has accepted your application titled Mapping the road ahead for the Data Discovery Paradigms IG. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. Congratulations!
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17
August
2021

[data discovery] August Data Discovery Paradigms IG call cancelled

by Kathleen Gregory

Dear all, I hope that you are doing well. The DDPIG call scheduled for Thursday, August 19 will be cancelled, as many of our interest group members will be on holiday. Our next group call will be on Thursday, September 16 at 12:00 UTC (see here for your local time). Our main item of business will be to further develop our discussion topics for our session at the 18th RDA Plenary. Best wishes, Mingfang, Fotis and Kathleen -- Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
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12
August
2021

RDA VP18 Session Proposal Submission

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Data Discovery Paradigms IG members, Thank you for your session proposal for Virtual Plenary 18 titled “Mapping the road ahead for the Data Discovery Paradigms IG”. A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance planned to be sent by 10 September. Please feel free to contact the RDA Secretariat at ***@***.***-alliance.org with any questions or concerns you have regarding your submission. Thank you. Regards, RDA Secretariat
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10
August
2021

Data Intelligence Journal CfP: Special Issue on "Metadata as Data Intelligence"

by Mingfang Wu

Greetings All: Please accept our apologies for multiple postings Please forward the CfP to interested colleagues Most of all Please consider submitting a paper Thanks!! ------------------ *Call for papers*: Data Intelligence , an MIT Press Direct open access journal, seeks contributions for a special issue on Metadata as Data Intelligence . *Important dates* - Submission Deadline: Oct. 31 2021 - Notification of acceptance: Dec. 31, 2021 - Revised/final manuscripts due: Feb. 10, 2022
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14
July
2021

Our next Data Discovery Paradigms IG call

by Fotis Psomopoulos

Dear all, I hope you are all doing well! This is a quick reminder of our regular DDPIG call tomorrow Thursday, July 15th at 12:00 UTC (see here for your local time 210715T1200> ). The connection details are at the end of this email. The agenda will be on finalizing the DDPIG proposal for the new RDA Plenary, and continuing the discussion from our last call, about defining the next activities based on the most highly voted survey topics (agenda and notes are here
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