RDA 9th Plenary Joint meeting: WG BioSharing Registry, IG Data policy standardisation and implementation

Meeting title

Data policy standardisation and implementation - using the life and biomedical sciences as a domain-specific example

Groups: WG BioSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases in life sciences, IG Data policy standardisation and implementation

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the groups: 

Increasing the availability of research data for reuse is pivotal in today’s data-rich society, to limit data loss through obscurity, lack of access or interoperability. Ensuring data producers and consumers understand the landscape of data standards, repositories and portals is essential to safeguard long term data usability. Education, to inform consumers and producers of data to perform best practice, is in part being driven by research data policies, detailing which standards and databases one should use across and within domains. The number of funders and journals and institutions with some form of research data policy is growing.

The BioSharing WG, which is coming to an end at RDA P9, has worked on principles to link information on databases, content standards and journal and funder policies in the life sciences, leveraging the existing BioSharing portal (https://www.biosharing.org). This use cases-driven WG is a joint effort with Force11 and is led and constituted by prospective adopters as well as technical implementers, many of whom are also leading and/or actively involved in other relevant RDA IGs and WGs.

The new Data policy standardisation and implementation IG aims to define a common framework for journal and publisher research data policies and to produce and provide guidance for researchers, editors, publishers and institutions on implementing and complying with these policies across disciplines, institutions and learned societies. The IG will highlight examples of good/best practice in publisher and journal research data policy and connect stakeholders to broaden a collective understanding of their roles and relationships in data policy implementation.

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc

BioSharing WG: https://rd-alliance.org/group/biosharing-registry-connecting-data-polici...
BioSharing case statement: https://rd-alliance.org/group/biosharing-registry-connecting-data-polici...
BioSharing 2016 plenary output presentation: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/idw/161117/default.cfm?id=16703&type=f...

Data policy standardisation draft IG description: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B-IB68B3eDitGbgXO0Oo4KKOJOffByZCTIli...
Naughton and Kernohan’s (2015) Jisc research on data policies: http://insights.uksg.org/articles/10.1629/uksg.284/
Springer Nature research data policies:

Meeting objectives

To inform and educate RDA members on this topic, to introduce the Data policy standardisation and implementation IG and to show progress and the state-of-play in the life, biomedical and environmental sciences domains, through highlighting the BioSharing project, which is now coming to the end of it’s working group.

Meeting agenda

Introduction to the session, outline and aims (10 mins)

What can we learn from reviewing journal data policies - David Kernohan (Jisc) (20 mins)

Work to standardise policies for publishing research data - Iain Hrynaszkiewicz (Springer Nature) (20mins)

BioSharing as a domain specific example, linking data policies to the databases and standards they recommend - Peter McQuilton (20 mins)

Open, structured discussion as to how to engage the RDA to improve journal policies (20 mins)


All members of the RDA. Particularly those with an interest in data standards and data policy, such as publishers, data managers, funders, researchers, producers and consumers of data, with a domain focus on the life, biomedical and environmental sciences.

Group chairs serving as contacts: Peter McQuilton

Type of meeting: Informative meeting