WG RDA/WDS Assessment of Data Fitness for Use RDA 9th Plenary meeting

Meeting title

Criteria for assessing data fitness

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

The increasing availability of research data and its evolving role as a first class scientific output in the scholarly communication requires a better understanding of and the possibility to assess data fitness for use. The concept of data fitness is multifaceted and covers various aspects related to a dataset such as findability, accessibility and interoperability, but also levels of peer review or curation. Moreover, the reliability of a data service providing datasets - for example the level of certification of the data repository - could also serve as a useful proxy. Currently, criteria for assessing the reusability of a dataset are not made transparent to users. Firstly, a concept of data fitness requires assessment criteria as well as the weighing of each of those criteria. This preferably leads to a corresponding metric. Secondly, we want to find effective ways to expose and communicate such a metric, e.g. using a labelling or tagging system.

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

Case statement: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HMb4OtlIL7yWibO66UIUMuyTO4QFcw5JZgHR...

Meeting objectives

In this first meeting of the working group, we would like to agree on the criteria used to assess data fitness. There will be a break-out session so subgroups can actively work on different criteria.

Meeting agenda

Introduction to data fitness (10 min): Michael Diepenbroek
FAIR criteria (5 min): Rob Hooft
DANS pilot (10 min): Peter Doorn
Break-out session to discuss criteria (30 min discussion + 25 min presentations): Helena Cousijn
Next steps (10 min)


We would like to discuss criteria for data fitness with data repositories, publishers, research institutes and researchers. Participants are asked to read the case statement and overview of possible criteria ahead of the meeting.

Group chairs serving as contacts: Helena Cousijn

Type of meeting: Working  meeting

Group maturity: 0-6 months