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13 FEB 2024

Collaborative session notes

Group(s) submitting the application: 

Data policy standardisation and implementation IG

Meeting objectives: 

Meeting agenda: 

Target Audience: 

Publishers, funders, institutional librarians and support staff, researchers, and any other stakeholders interested in publisher data sharing policies.

Group chair serving as contact person: 

Rebecca Taylor-Grant

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

Increasing the availability of research data for reuse is in part being driven by research data policies, and the number of funders and journals and institutions with some form of research data policy is growing. The research data policy landscape of funders, institutions and publishers is however too complex (Ref: and the implementation and implications of policies for researchers can be unclear.  While around half of researchers share data, their primary objectives are often to carry out and publish good research, and to receive renewed funding, rather than making data available. Data policies that support publication of research need to be practical and seen in this context to be effective beyond specialist data communities and publications. 

Short Group Status: 

The group was initially established at the 8th RDA plenary in 2016 (Denver). Since then, it has produced an RDA Supporting Output, “Developing a Research Data Policy Framework for All Journals and Publishers.” The group is continuing to explore the impacts of data policies and how the effectiveness of policies can be increased over time. At Plenary 19, the group’s session began to analyse the quality of journal data availability statements and whether they serve the needs of stakeholders including funding agencies and other researchers. This activity led to a decision to reflect on, and revise, the group’s charter, which in its revised form reaffirms its role as a collaborative space for discussion and exchange of information, with the potential to spin out into new Working Groups to focus on project work when needed.

Type of Meeting: 

Informative meeting

Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 

Libraries for Research Data IG

Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 

FAIRsharing Registry: Connecting data policies, standards and databases RDA WG

Meeting presenters: 

Group co-chairs; Invited speaker Catriona MacCallum (Wiley)

Are you willing to host a second, repeat, session at a different time zone?: