IG Research Funders and Stakeholders on Open Research and Data Management Policies and Practices

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05 Dec 2019
Meeting objectives: 

This session will build on the IG’s session at RDA 14 (Helsinki), as well as IG meetings and engagement with other RDA IGs and WGs since then, to update participants on IG activities and seek input on IG deliverables.  Specifically, the IG co-chairs aim to:

  • Present findings and analysis of the IG’s survey of research funders on their open science policies and practices;
  • Seek input from participants on a possible case study of funder adoption RDA outputs;
  • Update participants on collaborations with other IGs and WGs, and seek input on their direction;

Seek input from participants on a deliverable that would investigate incentives that funders could implement to advance open science.

Meeting agenda: 

5 Minutes:                   Welcome and introduction

 15 Minutes:                 Summary of Interest Group survey and analysis: research data management policies and practices

 15 Minutes                  Funder Presentation:  policy development, implementation, and future directions

 15 Minutes:                 Case Study: funder adoption of RDA Output(s)

 15 Minutes:                 Collaborations: activities with other RDA Groups

 25 Minutes:                 Discussion of deliverable (incentives for open science), additional topics of interest, and next steps

Target Audience: 

The session will be of interest to funders, tool developers, and anyone with an interest in open science policy development and implementation – e.g., researchers, research administrators, librarians, etc.  The session will be of interest to members of various RDA groups, including:

  • The IG on Policy Standardization
  • CODATA IG on institutional strategies
  • Machine-readable DMPs
  • National Data Services
  • Exposing DMPs WG
  • Active DMP IG
  • DMP Common Standards WG
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

Co-chaired by representatives from the Wellcome Trust, National Institutes of Health, the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, with strong links to the RDA Funders Forum, the IG for Research Funders and Stakeholders on Open Research and Data Management Policies and Practices aims to:  

  1. Provide a venue for funders to bring forward issues for discussion with the broader RDA community; 
  2. Develop deliverables useful to funders and, ideally, other members of the RDA community and research data ecosystem.
Short Group Status: 

Building on BoFs at RDA Plenaries 10 (Montreal), 11 (Berlin) and 12 (Gaborone), the IG for Research Funders and Stakeholders on Open Research and Data Management Policies and Practices held its inaugural meeting at RDA 13 (Philadelphia) and its second meeting at RDA 14 (Helsinki). 

In advance of RDA 14, the IG developed and circulated a survey to research funders about open science policy, with the aim that the survey would inform the session discussions at RDA 14 and provide input into possible deliverables.  It asked funders to describe their open science policies; identify open science “tools” (e.g. data management plans) that they require or recommend researchers to use, and comment on their usefulness; identify policy impacts and challenges, and comment on their significance; and identify topics of interest that they would like to see the IG work on.

At RDA 14, the IG presented preliminary survey findings and sought input on possible future deliverables (e.g., case studies of topics of interest, etc.).  Session participants provided suggestions on tools that funders could study or pilot (activities that could be summarized in case studies) and, building on findings from the survey, ideas for other deliverables (e.g., studies of national infrastructures, funding schemes for open science, incentives). Since RDA Helsinki, the IG has held meetings and engaged with other groups to determine next steps for deliverables and explore collaborations.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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