RDA 11th Plenary Joint meeting: IG Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data, WG Research Data Collections, IG From Observational Data to Information

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27 December 2017 992 reads

Meeting title

Mutual challenges, opportunities, & technologies in making high resolution insitu and spectral geotagged research data FAIR (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes:



  • IG Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data,
  • WG Research Data Collections,
  • IG From Observational Data to Information

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

The sUAS data IG is working towards community best practices for managing sUAS collected data.
The Research Data Collections WG has published a conceptual model for the management of research data that promotes the use of digital objects, transcending the traditional notion of files and decoupling questions of access and use from location and storage. 
The IG proposed as “From Observational Data to Information challenges” (pending endorsement) wishes to advance shared understanding of the relationship between data and information.

Meeting objectives

1. Present summaries from pre-meeting sharing telecons
2. Use face-to-face space to bring together the efforts of these different groups for mutual learning and gain. 
3. Discuss / Envision what collaboration could look like going forward. 

Meeting agenda

Presentations from:
1. OceanIDs: Working to fully automate the data archival, processing and dissemination process for scientific underwater gliders.
2. Insights from Research Data Collections WG 
3. Insights from From Observational Data to Information challenges
4. sUAS Data IG: Goals, progress and demo in building an ontology for minimal metadata for sUAS data.
5. Discussion time

The OceanIds Command and Control (C2) project aims to solve data management issues experienced by underwater glider operators that are very similar to those experienced by sUAS users. 
Observational data to information (OD2I) goals: Understanding sUAS observational data and how they serve to obtain information about elements relevant to eg agriculture such as weather parameters or crop conditions, or environmental monitoring such as greenhouse gas emissions or erosion rates.
Research Data Collections goals: Show exemplary benefits of what the Collections group could contribute with their Recommendation.
The sUAS data IG is grappling with issues that many other scientific domains are also struggling with around the potential and challenges for making their data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Challenges range from; changing the domain culture, through not having easy, practical end user tools and infrastructure for enabling F, A, I or R, to not even having the underlying basics need for good data curation locally/internally first (e.g. vocabularies and ontologies, community accepted formats and metadata requirements, etc).

Additional links to informative material related to the participating groups

If you are interested in this session please join the sUAS IG mailing list (or review the list’s public archive) as we will be hosting a number of preparatory and exploratory pre-telecons in the lead up to P11 so as to make the most of the face to face time in Berlin. 

The Research Data Collections WG published reccommendations 

Target audience:

Target audience is anyone attending RDA interested in contributing expertise or discussion around sUAS data challenges. Specifically, we are looking to catalyze collaboration between the above listed RDA groups.Audience would prepare for meeting by attending the pre-meeting telecon if possible, though we will synthesize current work at beginning of the session.

Group chair serving as contact person: Jane Wyngaard

Type of meeting: Working meeting

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