Roadmap to develop actionable guidelines from the data versioning principles

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25 Feb 2022
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Meeting objectives: 

The former RDA Data Versioning Working Group has delivered the RDA supporting output: Versioning data is about more than revisions: A Conceptual framework and proposed principles in 2021, a concise version of the output has been published to the Data Science Journal consequently. Presentations and communications of the data versioning principles showed that the research data community desires to have actional guidelines on implementing the principles.
The objectives of the session include:

  • To update on the latest group’s activities.
  • To develop a roadmap for the group to advance the development of data versioning guidelines.


Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes:

  • Introduce the group (10 minutes)
  • Review of the data versioning use cases (10 minutes)
  • 3 - 4 Lightning talks from members: new use cases or has anything changed? (20mins)
    • new use cases and any changes with previous use cases,

    • feedback about the data versioning principles (either the principles themselves or any requirement for actionable guidelines),

    • describe a use case with the FRBR model.

  • Breakouts (40mins)
    • Explore use cases in the FRBR framework

    • Gather requirements for actionable guidelines

  • Way forward (10 minutes)

    • Collect additional data versioning cases

    • Establish task force to work on actionable guidelines



Target Audience: 

Data curators, Data facility managers / data policy managers / data users, data developers, data publishers/ researchers.

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

The former RDA Data Versioning Working Group (2018-2021) worked on collating and identifying methods that had already been adopted or became ad hoc practices for data versioning. Based on this analysis, the group formulated a set of principles to describe data versioning use cases and practices. At a related BoF at the RDA VP15 in 2020, a community review and discussions showed that the application of the data versioning principles reach further than data management and had implications for attribution, authority, and ethics of data publication and sharing.
The new Data Versioning IG was approved in July 2021 and is a combination of taking the principles developed by the former Versioning WG, combined with the issues raised by the VP15  BoF. The proposed activities of the newly formed IG are:

  1. Developing a set of actionable recommendations from the published data versioning principles;
  2. Promoting their adoption; and
  3. Determining how they can be applied to address the increasing number of questions of attribution, authority, and ethics arising from data publication and sharing.


Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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