Social aspects of making data FAIR: update on progress of the social aspects of FAIR survey, and discussion of future work.

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26 Feb 2022
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 

This will be the first meeting of the Social Dynamics of Data Interoperability Interest Group since we were endorsed at the end of 2021. Previous work in plenaries and community meetings has focused on identifying and naming the specific challenges related to the social aspects of sharing data. In recent community meetings, the IG has focused on developing a survey to better understand these challenges. Specifically, this is a key focus of the March Community Meeting ( This survey is focused on identifying the social aspects that impact making data FAIR. At the time of submission, the survey is in development. It is anticipated that by the P19 Meeting the survey will be launched and that there will be preliminary data ready for initial review. 


 At this meeting, attendees will:

  1. Hear from an invited presenter about their experience of the human factors that impact engagement with the FAIR framework.  

  2. Engage in open discussion about the group's experiences of making data FAIR, both their own experiences and the experiences of facilitating others to do so. 

  3. Review the current survey, and discuss preliminary results. 

  4. Co-design the next steps for this piece of work and discuss direction of future work

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes:

  1. 5 Minutes: Introduction and house keeping
  2. 15 Minutes: Introduction to SDDI-IG and its past work
  3. 15 Minutes: Invited presentation from Joanne Yeomans - Digital Scholarship Librarian, Data Management Team, Centre for Digital Scholarship, Leiden University Libraries
  4. 10 Minute: Discussion with presenter and community.
  5. 40 Minute: Working meeting with the group
    1. 5 min background and goals of the survey
    2. 30 min group activity - co-designing questions for the survey
    3. 5 min future work
  6. 5 minute wrap up.
Target Audience: 

The Social Dynamics of Data Interoperability Interest Group has drawn new interest each Plenary (i.e. we regularly have new community members attend the sessions). We have begun consolidating this community through regular community meetings including in September, 2021, March 2022, and at least one more community meeting planned before P19. At P19, we aim to continue to consolidate this community interest to develop a consistent following of active community members from across the globe. To this end, we will target members who have signed up to the IG page ( and our community meeting attendees. We will also focus on attracting new members from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Global South. We will cultivate relationships within RDA IGs by leveraging existing connections with the following groups to diversify our membership:

  • Sensitive Data Interest Group

  • Ethics and Social Aspects of Data Interest Group

  • Social Science Data Interest Group

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

Extensive work has been, and continues to be done on data interoperability at the technical and information domains. However, a large portion of the challenges in building interoperable information infrastructures are the result of the interplay between organisations, institutions, economics, and individuals. In other words, the human element of the systems - the people who collect and curate data, develop information on data sharing, and design systems and the institutional constructs around them that reward (or otherwise) the sharing of data.  Collectively, these form what we call the “social dynamics” that foster or hinder the progress towards achieving technical and information Interoperability.


Social Dynamics are some of the most difficult challenges to address. Currently there is a limited body of work on how to address these challenges in a systematic way. In keeping with the mission of the RDA, the aim of this group is to focus on what is required to build the social bridges that enable open sharing and re-use of data.  The goal of this interest group is to identify opportunities for the development of systematic approaches to address the key social challenges and to build a corpus of knowledge on building and operating interoperable information infrastructures.

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Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
To be confirmed - we aim to draw our presenters from the membership that regularly attends our community meetings/plenary sessions. Facilitators: Kheeran Dharmawardena, Kristal Sreadborough