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Data Granularity Guidance: Final Outputs & Their Relevance Across the RDA

10 FEB 2024

Collaborative session notes

Group(s) submitting the application: 

Data Granularity WG

Meeting objectives: 

Meeting agenda: 

  1. Welcome [5 min.]
  2. Background on WG [5 min.]
  3. Present final outputs [25 min.]
    1. Guidance paper and its recommendations
    2. Use cases
  4. Relationships to other RDA Working Groups and Interest Groups [15 min.]Lightning talks by representatives from other groups
  5. Facilitated Discussion and Q&A [35 min.]
  6. Conclusion [5 min.]

Target Audience: 

Group chair serving as contact person: 

Katherine McNeill

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The RDA Data Granularity Working Group (WG) has addressed issues of data granularity in data discovery, access, interoperability, analysis, citation, and more. More efficient and effective reuse of data requires that users can find and access data at various levels of granularity. The WG explores key questions and collects and shares valuable information for how to best support data granularity, providing guidance to help data professionals to determine the best level of granularity for user discovery, access, interoperability and citability. The activities and final recommendations of the Data Granularity WG build upon and complement existing and ongoing work of several RDA Working and Interest Groups that touch upon the subject of data granularity. The final deliverable for the WG is a set of collected use cases and a guidance document of data granularity approaches for prioritized use cases.

Short Group Status: 

The Data Granularity WG will have completed its work by P22, where it will share its final outputs: a guidance document and use cases regarding data granularity. Having grown out of the Data Discovery Interest group, the WG has been working since its launch in 2020, building an understanding of the existing needs and landscape for data granularity practices. History of activities can be found in notes from the recent plenaries (P17P20) and prior BoF meeting (P15).

Type of Meeting: 

Informative meeting

Additional links to informative material: 

Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 

Data Discovery Paradigms IG

Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 

Data Versioning IG

Meeting presenters: 

Reyna Jenkyns, Brigitte Mathiak, Katherine McNeill, Uwe Schindler, Lesley Wyborn, Allyson Lister, Shelley Stall

Are you willing to host a second, repeat, session at a different time zone?: