Place-based Open Science Joint Session

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06 Aug 2021

Place-based Open Science Joint Session

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes:


1) Welcome and introductions

2) Setting the scene:

a) review of topics identified by VP17 Place-based Data Management Practices BoF:

b) Presentations by 2 newly funded U.S. National Science Foundation projects:

3) Open discussion with the audience (may be done in breakouts if sufficient attendees

4) Circle back, synthesesis and summary

5) Closure and next steps.

Meeting objectives: 

The relationship between people, place, and data underpins some of the greatest challenges, and opportunities, of the 21st century. Relationships between human communities and their natural and built environments are increasingly mediated through digital data. These data feed models and algorithms, including applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, that impact decision-making in a range of contexts and at nested scales of governance from the stewardship of smart cities and Indigenous lands to international agreements over global commons such as the High Seas, Antarctica, or the Earth’s atmosphere. Digital representations of complex systems (digital twins or avatars) are emerging as technology platforms that harness the predictive power of scientific understanding (e.g., the consequences of climate change), while raising vital ethical, legal and social issues, including who should control these capabilities and how.   


Place-based data have a unique quality in that they span the sciences and humanities with time and space (geolocation) acting as foundational metadata used to assign data to “place” (or nested “places”). Furthermore, all place-based data are tightly bound up with personal and social identity, as place is an inherently human construct - even wilderness being designated to some degree by policy-makers. While the issues for Research Data Management are thus as diverse as the diversity of people and places, they share common underlying themes and issues (scientific, ethical, legal, and social) and much can be learned from shared experience informing common standards, useful tools and best practices, which in turn enable comparisons among and between places enabling mutual learning networks to emerge to achieve common goals, such as those laid out in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and associated UN “Decades”. 

Short Group Status: 

This group also includes people involved in the proposed  RDA Place-based Open Science, proposed IG - Erin Robinson and Neil Davies. This Group was initially developed in a BoF at VP 17 (VP17 BoF Materials )

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s): 

This group stared out as a BoF at P17 and is in the process of forming an RDA Place-based Open Science IG.



Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Group chair serving as contact person (responsible for the agreement with the corresponding groups): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (2):