Develop actionable guidelines from the data versioning principles

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30 Oct 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. Feedbacks from presentations and communications of the data versioning principles indicate that the research data community desires to have actional guidelines on implementing the principles. 

The objectives of the session include:

  • To develop data versioning guidelines.

  • To discuss use cases where the data versioning would help data citation and attribution

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative session notes:

  • Breakouts (40mins)

    • Explore use cases in the FRBR framework

    • Explore use cases where the data versioning would help data citation and attribution

    • Gather requirements for actionable guidelines

  • Report back and Way forward (15 minutes)

Target Audience: 

Data curators, Data facility managers, data policy managers, data users, data developers, data publishers 

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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. Forum for group members to discuss issues related to data versioning

  2. Collecting new use cases and applying the principles to a selection of use cases

  3. Developing a set of actionable recommendations by applying the published data versioning principles;

  4. Promoting the adoption of data versioning principles; and 

  5. 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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Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Co-chairs + invited speakers introducing their use cases