Research Data Architectures - Surveying the scene, from the institutional to the national

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25 Nov 2019
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Meeting objectives: 

  • Discuss our  infrastructure/governance survey (to determine how research data architectures are currently set up in institution sand who are the people with the authority to decide on them) and begin drawing conclusions - Discuss in particular RDM policies and governance, RDM architectures, challenges, and use cases in this context
  • With the survey result and discussion as a starting point, develop IG activities, possible WG ideas, joint activities with other RDA groups
  • Share examples of good practices relating to research data architectures via case studies of institutional and other relevant research data architectures
  • Identification/inclusion of additional partners
Meeting agenda: 

1.  Opening and brief introduction to the group (5 min)

2.  Presentations and lightning talks (40 min)

  • Australian national research data architecture

    • How do National research data architectures interact with institutional architectures?

    • How can these be architecturally aligned to better provide research data services to the research communities?

    • What are Australian National services out there?

      • AARNet (10 min)

      • ARDC (10 min)

      • Others (5 min)

  • Research Data Cultures group (15 min)

3. RDARI Survey (40 min)

  • Introduction and results analysis (10 min)

  • Workshop activity - gallery walk (20 min)

    • What are the most important themes arising? What should we follow up in future plenaries?

  • Summary (10 min)

4. IG activities (5 min)

Target Audience: 

The target audience of this meeting may include all those people who are involved in research data infrastructure projects or services as well as users who are interested in the topic of systems, technologies and data flows as a part of the research data infrastructures and their governance. For example research data infrastructure project owners or product owners, project managers, IT architects, data engineers, data managers, data scientists, developers and service users who are interested in technology issues are typical target audience of this meeting.


Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The Research Data Architectures in Research Institutions Interest Group is primarily concerned with technical architectures for managing research data within universities and other multi-disciplinary research institutions. It provides insight into the approaches being taken to the development and operation of such architectures and their success or otherwise in enabling good practice.

The main themes of the IG are

  • Exploring how diverse tools, technologies, and services can be integrated to     meet the evolving needs of researchers in research institutions.
  • Considering interoperability between institutional research data infrastructures and (inter)national or discipline-based infrastructures
  • Understanding the different institutional approaches to governance structures and business processes in responding to research ICT demands (e.g. capacity planning/forecasting for storage)
  • Sharing case studies of solutions developed by data infrastructure projects in research institutions
  • Presenting technical innovations and ideas that can further the development of integrated research data infrastructures
  • Agreeing best practice relating to research data architectures in research institutions

This group is also for discussion about the nuts and bolts of the research data infrastructures used in the local research infrastructures.


Short Group Status: 

Recognised & Endorsed

Currently IG work focuses on evaluation of our infrastructure/governance survey and different use cases, besides collaboration with other WGs/IGs (e.g. RIDA group, Repository Platforms for Research Data IG)

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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