Re-publication and duplication of data: Authority, Identity, Ethics

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12 Dec 2019

Re-publication and duplication of data: Authority, Identity, Ethics

Submitted by Jens Klump

Meeting objectives: 

Research data in digital form can be easily copied, stored in multiple places, and re-published through more than one repository or service. Mirroring resources is a common practice, but offering exactly the same version of the data in multiple places raises questions. In December 2019, a Twitter exchange about a case of data re-publication started a broader debate. What are the pros and cons of data re-publication? How can humans and machines know whether they are accessing an authoritative copy of the data? How can the authoritative source (data centre) be attributed or acknowledged in mirror sites? Who gets credit for the used and cited data? Do we need to rethink data licensing? What needs to be replicated in order to preserve the quality standards of the original data? In this session, we will explore these and other questions and discuss possible next steps in RDA and beyond to develop guidance on data re-publication.

Meeting agenda: 

0-10 minutes: Opening and Introduction (10 minutes)

10-15 minutes: (lightning talk 1: pro re-publication) (5 minutes)

15-20 minutes: (lightning talk 2: counter re-publication) (5 minutes)

20-25 minutes: (lightning talk 3: authority and identity) (5 minutes)

25-30 minutes: (lightning talk 4: credit and ethics) (5 minutes)

30-80 minutes: Panel and plenary discussion (50 minutes)

80-90 minutes: Closing remarks and next steps (10 minutes)


Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
Short introduction describing any previous activities: 

This BoF is a late-breaking session initiated by recent events in data re-publication. It is strongly linked to activities in other RDA WGs and IGs.

BoF chair serving as contact person: 
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