status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Ron Dekker, Jonathan Crabtree, Steven McEachern

Group Email: [group_email]

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


Social Sciences & Humanities Research Data Interest Group Proposal 

 

Introduction 

 

We are proposing a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Data (SSHRD) Interest Group under the auspices of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), to foster diverse professional exchange on issues particular to data originating from the social sciences and humanities.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Data cover many disciplines, appear in many data types, deal with multiple objects and levels, and are very distributed – coming from various sources. It could be described as a patchwork quilt, lacking a grand design or focus. On the other hand, it is a way to cover the whole spectrum, to be flexible in collecting data.

There is a huge potential reuse of SSHRD – for researchers, but also for professionals outside universities, for companies, governments, and for citizens.

 

As a research data community, we are entering the implementation phase of the FAIR principles: we can see first results on Findability – with various catalogues coming available. But for Accessibility, it already complicates as many social data are too sensitive to share directly: access to social sciences research data is not dichotomous: open or closed but requires fine-tuning on making data accessible. For better Interoperability, we need alignment on controlled vocabularies and ontologies, as well as semantic techniques to relate data. 

A barrier for Reuse is lack of clarity in data policies– and their implications for researchers: what are conditions and requirements for providing access, and for using the data. For Reuse, new users want information about the quality and provenance of the data: where do they come from, how were they collected and curated, etc.

 

Social Science & Humanities Research Data Interest Group Focused Initiatives

 

This new SSH interest group will begin by helping to coordinate communications across the various current RDA groups of interest to our disciplines and to provide a place for our members to share solutions and concerns with others in our fields. These groups include the FAIRSharing and others noted by Braukmann in the “RDA Overview for the Social Sciences”[1]. We will also seek input and coordinate with the external SSH community leaders and organizations such as CESSDA, DDI Alliance, IASSIST, ICPSR, IFDO and WDS. We will be open and inclusive seeking to use this group to connect the various organizations working to promote SSH data sharing. While this new interest group will certainly be a coordinating group, we also aim to produce new RDA Working Groups to help provide solutions to challenges in our SSH domains. Given the complexity of SSHRD, we feel that the initial focus of our interest group should be very focused on defining working groups of immediate need to our communities. We foresee that to implement FAIR in our disciplines we need to engage all stakeholders: funders, producers, service providers, users; and as a new interest group we want to prioritise on three specific areas focused on the Social Science and Humanities research data communities.

 

  • quality of data

find automated ways to investigate and provide information on quality

  • data policy

align – and wherever simplify – data policies and their implications for making data available and for using data. 

  • sensitive data

estimates are that over 40% of the data in our community is too sensitive to make them openly available without any restrictions or measures. 

 

This approach – to engage all relevant parties, and to focus on a limited number of topics – meets the Minimum Viable Ecosystem approach that is used for the EOSC, and has been used in building and expanding platforms, like Apple did (see frame)


In Apple’s case, the MP3 player represented a limited feature set (music only) but established the necessary minimum ecosystem (MVE). Next there was iTunes to add new music. But the big leap happened when they added partners who increased the feature set, moving towards the full rollout: Adding AT&T as a partner expanded the iPod into the iPhone, a more complete feature set. The rest is history. Source: https://smartorg.com/innovating-to-create-an-ecosystem/

Posts

19
June
2020

RDA for Social Sciences & Humanities - RDA EU Ambassadors webinar 25 June at 15:30 CEST

by Timea Biro

Dear all, We would like to invite you to join us for an RDA Europe Ambassadors for Social Sciences & Humanities webinar on the 25 June 2020 at 15:30 CEST. Ricarda Braukmann and Rene van Horik, RDA Europe Ambassadors for the Social Sciences and Humanities, will discuss the value of the Research Data Alliance for the SSH and how to best navigate the opportunities offered by this global data community.
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07
January
2020

RDA Plenary 15 session acceptance: "Towards Metadata Requirements for Data Quality Assessment Joint Meeting"

by Stefanie Kethers

Dear Social Science Research Data Interest Group, WDS/RDA Assessment of Data Fitness for Use Working Group, and FAIR Data Maturity Model Working Group,     Thank you for responding to the TAB comments on your session proposal "Towards Metadata Requirements for Data Quality Assessment Joint Meeting" for RDA Plenary 15 in March 2020. Your revised session proposal has been accepted. Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne.   Best wishes,   Stefanie Kethers (RDA Secretariat)
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23
December
2019

Re: [data-fitness][fair_maturity][sshrd][gofair] RDA P15 Melbourne - Session Acceptance (Improve before Accept)

by Steven McEachern

Dear Isabelle, We have now made changes to our session proposal to address the comments provided. Addressing each of the TAB's comments in turn: - Too many presentations AND - Recommend shortening the presentations (5 minutes each would provide 15 minutes each and an additional 15 minutes for discussion)
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23
December
2019

RDA P15 Melbourne - Session Acceptance (Improve before Accept)

by Isabelle PERSEIL

  Dear Social Science Research Data Interest Group, GO FAIR Interest Group, WDS/RDA Assessment of Data Fitness for Use Working group and FAIR Data Maturity Model Working group,   At its meeting on December 19, the RDA Technical Advisory Board considered your proposal for a session at Plenary 15 in 2020.   Unfortunately, TAB IS NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT YOUR SESSION PROPOSAL UNLESS YOU MAKE THE CHANGES THAT ARE LISTED BELOW. IF YOU STILL WISH TO PROCEED YOU WILL NEED TO:  
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21
December
2019

RDA P15 Melbourne - Session Acceptance

by Isabelle PERSEIL

  Dear Social Science Research Data Interest Group,   At its meeting on December 19, the RDA Technical Advisory Board considered your proposal for a session at Plenary 15 in 2020.   We are happy to advise you that your session proposal "Social Science Research Data Interest Group Meeting" has been accepted. Congratulations!   TAB has some suggestions below for how you could improve your session. Please update the session description accordingly to provide the best information for potential attendees.  
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09
December
2019

P15 Session Proposal Received

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

Dear RDA Chair, Thank you for your session proposal for Plenary 15 titled “Data Quality Assessment Joint Meeting”. 
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06
December
2019

P15 Session Proposal Received

by Alexandra Delipalta

Dear RDA Chair,   Thank you for your session proposal for Plenary 15 titled “Social Science Research Data Interest Group Meeting”.  A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance and scheduling details planned to be sent out the first week in January.     Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you have regarding your submission.     Thank you.   Regards,   Alex Delipalta, on behalf of the RDA Secretariat
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28
November
2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

by Alexandra Delipalta

Dear RDA members,    RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020    The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC. Group session application form Joint meeting application form
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12
November
2019

Deadline for P15 Group Session Submission Fast Approaching

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

Dear Group Members,   The deadline for group session submissions for Plenary 15 is 28 November 2019, midnight UTC – just two weeks away.  
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