Data Granularity - collect, connect, affect

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06 Aug 2021
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 
  • To inform the RDA community about the newly-formed group

  • Find new members to strengthen the group

  • To solicit and discuss use cases for data granularity

  • Get input on constraints and standards

  • Test a draft of the data granularity survey on the audience and get feedback

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes:


  1. Introduction of the group (10 minutes) 

  2. Present the survey and ask people to fill it (5 minutes) 

  3. Use cases  

    1. Introduction (10 minutes)

    2. Breakout-group to add more use cases and identify categories previously overlooked (20 minutes) - 

    3. Discussion of the results from the groups (10 minutes)

  4. Present progress from the constraints sub-group (10 minutes) 

  5. Ask for feedback on the survey, maybe show some results (10 minutes)

  6. Wrap-up (5 minutes) 

Target Audience: 

Anyone interested in data granularity issues as they relate to: discovery, access, interoperability, analysis, citability, and/or curation.

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

The newly endorsed and launched RDA Data Granularity Working Group (WG) will address 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 will explore key questions and collect and share 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 will 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, including terminology, methods to evaluate approaches, and a summary of community feedback.

Short Group Status: 

BoF meetings were conducted at P15 (see session notes), P16 (notes) and P17 (notes and video). Since then, the provisional Data Granularity WG has been meeting regularly on a monthly basis to refine the directions for a case statement, and to better understand the existing needs and landscape for data granularity practices. We expect to be endorsed by the beginning of August and have taken steps to get working immediately by instituting sub-groups to work on the tasks outlined in the case statement.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Katherine McNeill, Reyna Jenkyns, Brigitte Mathiak