RDA GEDE Webworkshop on Adaptation of Repositories to the Digital Object Interface Protocol

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22 May 2019

RDA GEDE Webworkshop on Adaptation of Repositories to the Digital Object Interface Protocol

22 May 2019 - 14:00 to 16:00



22 May 2019, 16:00 - 18:00 CET / 14:00 - 16:00 UTC


Giridhar Manepalli (Director of Info. Mgmt. Technology, CNRI, Virginia), Christophe Bianchi (Executive Director DONA Foundation, Geneva), Rob Quick (Assoc. Dir. Science GAteway Research Center, Indiana University), Paul Trilsbeek (DOBES Archive Manager, MPI Manager, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen), Peter Wittenburg (MPCDF, Garching/Munich)


FAIR Principles

  • Why should well-established repositories switch to supporting DOIP?
  • What are the challenges of adapting to DOIP?
  • How much effort does it take to adapt to DOIP?
  • Which new possibilities will be opened?
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The use of FAIR Digital Objects to implement the FAIR principles and to make data practices more efficient is now widely accepted. It is also widely agreed that repositories are the care takers of FAIR Digital Objects, i.e., they need to store, manage and curate DO's bit sequences, maintain globally resolvable PIDs for the DOs and manage metadata of different kinds describing the DO’s bit sequence. The DO Interface Protocol is the unified protocol that allows to create and access FAIR DOs independent of how a repository is organising and modelling its data. Thus, repositories should talk DOIP, but the reality is different.

  • Repositories have been set up in many large research/data infrastructures.
  • These repositories have chosen specific technologies for storing and organising their data.
  • These repositories have built more or less complex software to meet major tasks such as allowing authorized users to ingest and access data.

The above-mentioned questions need to be answered urgently since the adaptation will require some efforts and thus costs, since in some cases non-trivial challenges may occur and since repositories need to understand why they should take this effort. Therefore, we will conduct a workshop via the web with key actors to first discuss the adaptation challenges and at the end discuss ideas what the benefits for an adaptation could be.

To discuss the adaptation effort, we will take two examples of well-maintained repositories (in follow up workshops your example could be discussed): The first is being maintained at Indiana University and the second at the MPI for Psycholinguistics. In the Web-Workshop the experts will first explain the setup of the repositories and then discuss with the DOIP experts what best should be done to adapt the repositories to DOIP. Participants can also ask questions or give comments. The purpose of this meeting is to understand the challenges of adaptation and the degree of effort needed for such adaptation, for these two cases. In the case of IU, the adaptation work has already started under the aegis of an NSF grant; in the DOBES case, there are no funds yet to do the adaptation which is probably the situation for most of the thousands of existing repositories.


The detailed discussion about the adaptation of these examples will help to estimate the efforts and costs for related other cases. At the RDA plenary in Helsinki, we intend to discuss other cases in detail.

More documentation will be made available before the Web-Workshop.

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DOBES Archive at MPI for Psycholinguistics

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