• Primary Domain: Social Sciences
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  • Group Description

    Version 8, 4 October 2023



    The vision of the DSTS_CS-WG is to contribute to a mapping and understanding of the scientific and (Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) characteristics of data systems, innovative tools, and comprehensive services that contribute to reliable and resilient preparation, response, and recovery to crisis situations.



    The mission of the DSTS_CS-WG is to elucidate scientific and ELSI features of data systems, tools, and services in relationship to the needs of scientists, policy/decision-makers, emergency responders, media, and affected communities by providing an overview of those characteristics and how they are expressed in the architecture, design, interoperability standards, and application of digital infrastructures to crisis situations worldwide.



    The principal objective of DSTS_CS-WG is to create a listing of the specific data-related needs and challenges arising during crisis situations mapped to data systems, tools, and services (DSTSs) indicating their applicability, interoperability, and utility, with reference to the data value chain.

    The following specific objectives will be pursued by the DSTS_CS-WG:


    1. identifying the digital tool needs and challenges by first responders, field workers, scientists, lab personnel, policymakers, national authorities, and communities during crises;
    2. identifying the DSTSs requirements to achieve interoperable, high-quality data, and easy to communicate information for crisis management;
    3. identifying DSTSs characteristics and attributes needed in their design, development, and deployment in crisis situations for the reliable and effective collection, analysis, and dissemination of information with reference to the data value chain;
    4. mapping these to the more general characteristics for Research Commons as provided by e.g. the RDA GORC IG and FAIRSharing; and
    5. developing a recommendation specifying the characteristics of DSTSs required to meet the needs and address the challenges in crisis situations.


    The full and updated case statement V 8.0 4 Oct 2023 (post community review) can be found attached to this page.

    The initial full case statement (V 6.0, 28 June 2023) can also be found attached to this page.





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  • Group Type: Working Group
  • Group Status: recognised-and-endorsed
  • Co-Chair(s): Perihan Elif Ekmekci, Burcak Basbug Erkan, Stefanie Kethers, Gnana Bharathy, Virginia Murray

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