WG Brokering Framework RDA 9th Plenary meeting

Meeting title

Brokering Framework: Getting Started

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

The working group aims to establish a framework for brokering and mediation, supported by reference implementations to serve as test beds. 

Problem Description

The scope of the WG covers data sources from research and scholarly communication. Within this domain obstacles for wider application of brokering techniques are:

1. Multiple service protocols for data discovery, access, and application or processing;
2. Multiple content standards for data and metadata, augmented by Community profiles and non-standard implementations;
3. Multiple vocabularies and ontologies;
4. Multiple adaptation and mediation modules that are not guaranteed to be compatible.

Research projects and research data infrastructure initiatives often solve problems associated with this diversity as a matter of course, but the knowledge gained and components developed during such a process are not visible and useful to others. Furthermore, project life cycle limitations lead to lack of sustainability, loss of expertise, code, and infrastructure.

Address the Need

● Define a description schema for services, vocabularies, ontologies, content standards, and adaptation components that allow services and clients to be matched – with a mediation component interposed if required.
● Establish a prototype registry based on the above.
● Describe a collection of existing mediation and adaptation components that can interoperate through well-defined existing interface specifications and applicable standards.
● Create a mediation and adaptation components registry -the objective is to support implementation of a more general and agnostic mediation capability.
● Define a test bed environment for testing interoperability of mediation alternatives leading to recommendations for application areas. The focus will be on metadata and data mediation across data systems that address different disciplines and scopes. 

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

Working group page: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/brokering-framework-working-group.html
Case statement: https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/brokering-framework-working-group/case...

Meeting objectives

1. Review the case statement and work plan for the working group.
2. Review initial work and obtain community input in respect of 
2.1 interactions and linkages to other RDA working groups;
2.2 use cases;
2.3 test bed and reference implementation.
3. Add workgroup members and assign tasks/ confirm objectives and deliverables for the next 6 months.

Meeting agenda

Moderator: Jay Pearlman
1. Review of Case Statement (15 minutes)
2. Review of Use Cases (15 minutes)
3. Review of Linkages to other RDA Working Groups (15 minutes)
4. Solicitation of workgroup members and contributions from the community (15 minutes)
5. Confirmation of Work Plan (15 minutes)
6. Open discussion (15 minutes)


Target audience: systems developers and data scientists with an interest in interoperability of research data infrastructure and its main functions.
Preparation: review materials and inputs available on workgroup page (https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/brokering-framework-working-group.html)
Think about practical implementation of a brokering framework and its services in your own development environment.

Group chairs serving as contacts: Wim Hugo

Group maturity: 0-6 months