An Open Research Data Survey - RDA 10th Plenary BoF meeting

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Meeting title

Preparation of a WG Case Statement on an Open Research Data Survey

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group: 

Open data practices facilitate collaboration, drive data analysis, and promote transparency and reproducibility, with the potential to speed up the scientific discovery process. The research community has initiated a culture change but has not yet uniformly embraced open data or data sharing practices. Stakeholders including but not limited to governments, funding bodies, research institutions or publishers have started formulating open data as a formal policies. However, how are policy initiatives for open data related to the day-to-day practices of researchers and scholars? While policy has high expectations about open data, the motive force comes not from the policy aims, but in changing practice at the grass roots level. As culture is changing and policies are implemented, we need to comprehensively benchmark and track open data practices at the workbench in research.

The benchmarking has started with recently published reports on researchers’ attitudes, perspectives and practices for example . While these reports investigate through surveys how the gap between policy and daily research practices are bridged, the community would benefit from a coordinated approach using a common open survey. Because open data practices vary widely between scientific disciplines and regions (due to national or institutional open data policies), the granularity of those studies is often not fine enough. A co-developed and community-designed open survey would provide several advantages such as:
- To make use of community sourcing to design a comprehensive and broadly accepted survey;
- To rationalize the use of resources by avoiding duplication;
- To design a flexible survey adapted to all stakeholders, regions, environments, etc.;
- To offer all stakeholders a tool to track the response to open data policies and measure their potential effect within scientific communities;
- To standardize a survey whose multi-source results could be combined and/or aggregated to perform meta-analysis at various levels (institutional, disciplinary, regional, etc.);
- To create the opportunity to systematically track open data developments over time;
- etc.

This proposal is supported by the following individuals and/or organisations:
• Stephane Berghmans, Elsevier
• Jean-Claude Burgelman, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
• Gabi Lombardo, European Alliance for Social Sciences & Humanities
• Ingeborg Meier, CWTS, University Leiden
• Martin Müller, SwissCore

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc

e-infrastrcutures Austria: Forschende und ihre Daten. Ergebnisse einer österreichweiten Befragung (2015)
Figshare/Digital Science Report (2016) The State of Open Data: A Selection of Analyses and Articles About Open Data, curated by Figshare igshare.4036398
Open Data Research – a researcher perspective (2017)

Meeting objectives

- To present the concept of an open research data survey on open data and its potential benefits;
- To discuss this concept and supportive arguments; to finalize the arguments and objectives for a case statement;
- To identify interested stakeholders and specific partners.

Meeting agenda

Agenda (moderation: Stephane Berghmans) 

1. Presentation of the concept behind this BoF and the Case Statement (Stephane Berghmans & Ingeborg Meier) - 15 minutes
2. Specification of the objectives of the WG (discussion with all participants) - 45 minutes 
3. Identification of other potential group members (all participants) - 10 minutes
4. Summary of the results, actions, and identification of contributions of the group members 


Targeted audience and how to prepare for the meeting: 
The target audience of this meeting may include all interested stakeholders from actual researchers to research institutions where they are hosted, from research funders to governments, and from publishers to research data service providers. As a declared goal of this session is to finalize the case statement so a draft of the case statement will be prepared by the BoF partners (see below) and will be made available prior to the 10th RDA Conference via the RDA group page. A process to collect comments and suggestions from those interested in the community will be used with the aim to improve the draft and help the session organizers.
The minutes of the meeting will be published latest one week after the session as an attachment to the session’s web page and in the RDA file repository associated with the RDA group page.

Group chair serving as contact person: Stephane Berghmans

Type of meeting: Working meeting


Session Room: Mansfield 3

Session Time:  Tuesday 19 September, Breakout 2, 14:00 - 15:30

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