Strengthening International Research Data Sharing in the Social Sciences - RDA 12th Plenary Meeting

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02 July 2018 1274 reads

BoF meeting title

Strengthening International Research Data Sharing in the Social Sciences 

Meeting room: Serondela 3


Collaborative session notes:

Short introduction describing the scope of the group and if any previous activities

The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) and the International Federation of Data Organizations (IFDO) are both helping coordinate the international sharing of social science research data. This new collaboration seeks to help coordinate global research data standards for social science data archives by connecting diverse archives from large and small countries around the world to share research data policies and standards. Both organizations support the DDI Alliance. The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences. DDI is a free standard that can document and manage different stages in the research data lifecycle, such as conceptualization, collection, processing, distribution, discovery, and archiving. As a partner in this BoF the DDI Alliance will help provide a common framework for the discussions. Our joint communities are seeking input on new challenges and new advances that can help archives provide quality research data for the international community.

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Meeting objectives

Facilitate communications between social science archives around the world. With a primary goal of helping new emerging institutions in developing countries as well as mature social science archives wishing to coordinate better internationally.

Define a list of objectives required to promote this communication

Identify challenges to international data sharing in the social sciences with the goal of creating one or more RDA Interest Groups to tackle these issues.

Meeting agenda

Discuss IFDOs role at RDA and goals to promote data and policy sharing across its members
Discuss CESSDA and its new internationalization approach
Discuss where the DDI Alliance can be helpful
Identify list of objectives required to promote future communications between national
Identify challenges
Discuss potential Interest Group topics

* This will be both an informative meeting and working meeting


Social science data archives and repository staff and managers will find this session of interest. Additionally social science researchers, research data librarians and technologies will be critical in this conversation. Government agencies interested in Open Data and Open Science Clouds will be valuable in this conversation as well.

Group chair serving as contact person: Jonathan Crabtree

Type of meeting: Informative meeting