RDA 11th Plenary Joint meeting: IG Data Fabric, WG Research Data Collections

Meeting title

Digital Object Creation and Access (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes: 



  • IG Data Fabric,
  • WG Research Data Collections

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s)

The efficient and effective management of Digital Object requires multiple components of the Data Fabric. Some of these have been established as part of recent RDA work, including PID Information Types and Kernel Information, Type Registries and Research Data Collections. However, we envision a world where the creation, access and day-today management practice of Digital Objects becomes detached from specific concerns of infrastructure at hand. It should not matter, e.g., which repository I am accessing or which one I am using to deposit objects into out of a data analysis service. 

This motivates to talk about a general way to create, access and manage Digital Objects. With the Digital Object Interfacing Protocol (DOIP), a particular approach has been put forward, yet it needs to be discussed whether this satisfies all requirements. Collections should be included and seen as just a specific type of object; for these, however, the RDA Recommendation on Research Data Collections specifies the necessary basic interface that defines the most common Create/Read/Update/Delete/List operations on collections. Can the same be achieved for Digital Objects in general?

The use cases that would benefit from such common operations gathered into an interoperable interface include management of data processing output, specifically also of real-time/stream data, data dissemination via cloud services, managing data replication and long-term archival.

Meeting objectives

- Agree on the first rough scope of a possible interface or protocol, based on initial requirements gathered before and during the session
- Gather and explore additional use case examples
- Define relationship with other RDA (or external) groups beyond Data Fabric and Collections
- Formulate a pathway on how to proceed

Meeting agenda

  1. Introduction to the interfacing challenge and basic requirements (10 min.)
  2. Existing and emerging efforts for a solution
    1. ENES/EOSC efforts for a DO tooling ecosystem (10 min.) (Tobias Weigel / tbd)
    2. DOIP overview and recent developments (10 min.) (Larry Lannom)
    3. Digital Object principles (10 min.) (Peter Wittenburg / George Strawn)
    4. ENVRI Information Viewpoint components (10 min.) (Alex Hardisty)
  3. Open discussion (30 min.)
  4. Next steps - do we want a group for this etc. (10 min.)

Additional links to informative material related to the participating groups

Data Fabric group page: https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/data-fabric-ig.html
Research Data Collections Recommendation: https://github.com/RDACollectionsWG/specification/blob/master/Recommenda...

Target audience:

The session discussions can be of interest to managers and developers of repositories, data services, data infrastructures and the supporting tool ecosystems around them.

Group chair serving as contact person: Tobias Weigel

Type of meeting: Working meeting


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