Data Policy Standardisation at RDA 16th Plenary Meeting - Costa Rica (Virtual)

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04 Aug 2020
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 


Our meeting objectives are two-fold:

  1. Journal data policies - we aim to continue engaging with publishers and journals, in particular with industry associations such as STM, to promote implementation and adoption of standard research data policies - and planning these initiatives in ways that enables measurement and analysis of the impact of policies. 

  2. Funder data policies - we aim to discuss a potential project to examine funder-publisher policy alignment in collaboration with the Research Funders and Stakeholders Open Research and Data Management Policies IG. Research funders and research publishers are key actors in driving the transition towards a research culture where data and other research outputs are FAIR. However comparatively little work has been done to examine funder-publisher policy alignment. This presents a significant knowledge gap that hinders progress towards more consistent good practice in research data management and, ultimately, the shift towards a FAIR research system.

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative Notes Link:


  1. Short introduction to the IG and its activities to date 

  2. Progress on implementation of the IG’s research data policy framework including early adopters and collaboration with STM

  3. Discussion 

  4. Funder-publisher policy alignment: a project in collaboration with Research Funders and Stakeholders Open Research and Data Management Policies IG

  5. Discussion

  6. Summary and next steps

Target Audience: 

All stakeholders including funding agencies are welcome although journal publishers, research support staff, researchers and representatives of research data repositories and other scholarly infrastructure providers are particularly encouraged to attend this meeting. Implementation and adoption of journal data policies will be discussed.

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

Our IG is concerned with data policy standardisation in particular journal data policies and funder data policies, which are known to promote and incentivise data sharing by researchers. We call for collaboration across the scholarly publishing and wider research community to drive further implementation and adoption of consistent research data policies. 

Through meetings of our IG and a period of community consultation, we created a research data policy framework that has defined 14 features of journal research data policies and arranged these into a set of six standard policy types or tiers, which can be adopted by journals and publishers to promote data sharing in a way that encourages good practice and is appropriate for their audience’s perceived needs. This framework has been published in a peer-reviewed journal and adopted as a supported output of the RDA in 2020. Our focus is now the implementation, adoption and socialisation of this framework as a supporting output of RDA -

Our IG has also been engaging on the topic of research funder data policies with the Research Funders and Stakeholders Open Research and Data Management Policies IG. We are collaborating on a potential project to examine funder-publisher policy alignment starting with high priority policy features.

Short Group Status: 

Our IG was established in 2017 and has produced a master framework for journal data policies that can be adopted by industry to improve standardisation. The aim of this is to encourage good practice and reduce the confusion caused by variations in data policies required by scholarly publishers. We are currently focussed on adoption of the framework and on alignment of funder-publisher data policies.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Meeting presenters: 
Data Policy Standardisation IG co-chairs;Research Funders and Stakeholders Open Research and Data Management Policies IG representatives; STM Association representatives