The Research Data Alliance:
Creating the culture and technology for an international data infrastructure
Mark A. Parsons
M...
All of society’s grand challenges require diverse
(often large) data to to be shared and integrated
across cultures, scale...
Research Data Alliance
Vision
Researchers and innovators openly share data across
technologies, disciplines, and countries...
We need to start thinking about software in a
way more like how we think about building
bridges, dams, and sewers.
– Dan B...
Dynamics of Infrastructure
Edwards, et al. 2007 Understanding Infrastructure: Dynamics,
Tensions, and Design.	

• Infrastr...
Not what, but
	 When and
	 	 Who is infrastructure?
Deliverables that make data work
“Create - Adopt - Use”
• Adopted code, policy, infrastructure, standards, or best practic...
RDA Organizational Framework
Seeking
full time Secretary
General!

RDA Organizational Framework
Other
23%

~900 RDA Members
from 51 Countries
September 2013

Public Admin.
11%
Private
8%

Academia
58%
RDA Plenary 2 -- September 16-18, Washington
D.C. -- 3 days of Peace, Love and Data

§ RDA Plenary 2
§ 368 participants ...
Groups that Met at the RDA
Plenary
§ Birds-of-a-Feather
§ Linked Data
§ Chemical Safety Data
§ Education and Skills
De...
RDA Community Building Momentum
§ Growth in number and scope of Interest
Groups and Working Groups
§ New: BOFs for group...
Organizational Partners
• Organizational Assembly = Organizational Members and Affiliates.
• Organizational Advisory Board w...
Organizational Partners
Member Applicants

• Microsoft

• Barcelona Supercomputing Center
• European Data Infrastructure (...
New RDA Leadership since Plenary 1
§ Council:
§
§
§
§
§
§
§

§ Technical Advisory Board

Patrick Cocquet (France)...
RDA Colloquium—RDAC
• The group of government and non-profit science funding organizations that
support the data and scienc...
Regional RDAs
• RDA/United States, Australian National Data Service, RDA/Europe,
• Implement RDA deliverables locally and ...
Get involved!
• Join RDA as an individual member supporting our principles at
http://rd-alliance.org
• Join as an Organiza...
Next Plenary:
Dublin Ireland
26-28 March 2014
hosted by Australia and Ireland

Plenary 4 will be
in the Netherlands
fall 2...
Info:
enquiries@rd-alliance.org
@resdatall
Research Data Alliance: Creating the culture and technology for an international data infrastructure
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Research Data Alliance: Creating the culture and technology for an international data infrastructure

  1. 1. The Research Data Alliance: Creating the culture and technology for an international data infrastructure Mark A. Parsons Managing Director RDA/United States Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Tokyo, Japan 14 October 2013 Unless otherwise noted, the slides in this presentation are licensed by Mark A. Parsons under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License
  2. 2. All of society’s grand challenges require diverse (often large) data to to be shared and integrated across cultures, scales, and technologies.
  3. 3. Research Data Alliance Vision Researchers and innovators openly share data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society. Mission RDA builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data.
  4. 4. We need to start thinking about software in a way more like how we think about building bridges, dams, and sewers. – Dan Bricklin, Software That Lasts 200 Years http://www.bricklin.com/200yearsoftware.htm
  5. 5. Dynamics of Infrastructure Edwards, et al. 2007 Understanding Infrastructure: Dynamics, Tensions, and Design. • Infrastructures become “ubiquitous, accessible, reliable, and transparent” as they mature. • Staged evolution • “system-building, characterized by the deliberate and successful design of technology-based services.” • “technology transfer across domains and locations results in variations on the original design, as well as the emergence of competing systems.” • Finally, “a process of consolidation characterized by gateways that allow dissimilar systems to be linked into networks.”
  6. 6. Not what, but When and Who is infrastructure?
  7. 7. Deliverables that make data work “Create - Adopt - Use” • Adopted code, policy, infrastructure, standards, or best practices that enable data sharing • “Harvestable” efforts for which 12-18 months of work can eliminate a roadblock • Efforts that have substantive applicability to groups within the data community, but may not apply to all • Efforts for which working scientists and researchers can start today RDA Principles Openness Consensus Balance Harmonization Community Driven Non-profit
  8. 8. RDA Organizational Framework
  9. 9. Seeking full time Secretary General! RDA Organizational Framework
  10. 10. Other 23% ~900 RDA Members from 51 Countries September 2013 Public Admin. 11% Private 8% Academia 58%
  11. 11. RDA Plenary 2 -- September 16-18, Washington D.C. -- 3 days of Peace, Love and Data § RDA Plenary 2 § 368 participants from 22 countries and all sectors § All-hands stakeholder talks and RDA working meeting § Data Citation Summit convened by DataCite, CODATA/ICSTI, Force11, ESIP, DCC, etc. to create a common agenda § ~5000 tweets over 3 days Fran Berman 14
  12. 12. Groups that Met at the RDA Plenary § Birds-of-a-Feather § Linked Data § Chemical Safety Data § Education and Skills Development in Data Intensive Science § Libraries and Research Data § Cloud Computing and Data Analysis Training for the Developing World § Working Groups Data Type Registries Metadata Standards Practical Policy Persistent Identifier Types Data Foundations and Terminology § Data Categories and Codes § § § § § § Interest Groups § Agricultural Data § Big Data Analytics § Data Brokering § Certification of Trusted Repositories (joint with ICSUWDS) § Long tail of Research Data § Marine Data Harmonization § Community Capability Model § Data Publishing (joint with WDS) § Toxicogenomics Interoperability § Research Data Provenance § Data Citation § Metadata § Economic Models and Infrastructure for Federated Materials Data Management § Engagement § Preservation e-Infrastructure § Legal Interoperability (joint with CODATA) Fran Berman BOLD = new since last Plenary § Global Registry of Trusted Data Repositories and Services § Digital Practices in History and Ethnography § Data Citation Harmonization Summit § DataCite,FORCE11, CODATA/ICSTI, ESIP, DCC, etc. 15
  13. 13. RDA Community Building Momentum § Growth in number and scope of Interest Groups and Working Groups § New: BOFs for groups as precursor to Interest Groups § Groups beginning to “self-monitor” to promote concrete deliverables to be used and adopted § Increasing interest in more interaction and “connective tissue” between groups § Pressing To-Dos before Plenary 3: § Determine the form of RDA deliverables and outputs and what is needed in terms of an RDA archive. § Develop an RDA policy for IP that comes up in Interest and Working Groups Fran Berman 16
  14. 14. Organizational Partners • Organizational Assembly = Organizational Members and Affiliates. • Organizational Advisory Board will represent Organizational Assembly. • Current Status: • 23 Organizations expressed interest in Membership • 6 Organizations expressed interest in Affiliation • Next 6 months • Firm up model for Affiliates (how many, how substantive should the interaction be? How do they differ from members? Do they?) • Complete creation of legal entity to receive subscriptions for Organizational Members • Elect Organizational Advisory Board at Plenary 3
  15. 15. Organizational Partners Member Applicants • Microsoft • Barcelona Supercomputing Center • European Data Infrastructure (EUDAT) • Oracle • Purdue University Libraries • International Association of STM Publishers • STFC - Science & Technology Facilities Council • New Zealand eScience Infrastructure • Washington University in St. Louis Libraries • Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) • Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network Other interested Organizations • Australian Antarctic Data Centre • Australian National Data Service • CERN • CJSD Consulting • Columbia University Libraries/Information Services • CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. • Digital Curation Centre • IBM • Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard • Intersect Australia Limited • Library at American University • University of Michigan Libraries Interested Affiliates • Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) • Connecting Research and Researchers (ORCID) • DataCite • International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) • Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) • World Data System (WDS)
  16. 16. New RDA Leadership since Plenary 1 § Council: § § § § § § § § Technical Advisory Board Patrick Cocquet (France) Doris Wedlich (Germany) Kaye Raseroka (Botswana) Tony Hey (US) Ross Wilkinson (AU) John Wood (UK), co-Chair Fran Berman (US), co-Chair § Peter Wittenburg § Francoise Genova Andrew Treloar Bill Michener Beth Plale, Chair 6 new TAB members to be elected this month (14 candidates) § 12th TAB member to be appointed by Council (for balance) § § § § • Organizational Assembly § Juan Bicarregui, co-Chair § Leif Laaksonen, co-Chair 19 Fran Berman
  17. 17. RDA Colloquium—RDAC • The group of government and non-profit science funding organizations that support the data and science communities to participate in RDA activities: • US Government (NSF and NIST) • European Commission • Australian Government • Allows agencies the opportunity to share funding program plans that support data exchange, interoperability, and data infrastructures across the globe, and thereby amplify their impact. • Related to but distinct from RDA. A parallel organization. • RDAC members directly or indirectly provide funding to • support at least 1 full-time equivalent person to work for the RDA Secretariat. • support Plenary events and the Secretary-General position. • support individual researchers and data scientists to participate in RDA.
  18. 18. Regional RDAs • RDA/United States, Australian National Data Service, RDA/Europe, • Implement RDA deliverables locally and enhance adoption. • Ensure regional or national issues are addressed globally. • Support plenaries and support attendance at plenaries.
  19. 19. Get involved! • Join RDA as an individual member supporting our principles at http://rd-alliance.org • Join as an Organizational Member (nominal fee) or an Organizational Affiliate (jointly sponsored efforts). • Initiate or join an Interest Group • Propose or join a Working Group • Attend the RDA Plenaries • Join RDAC as an Agency Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. —Henry Ford
  20. 20. Next Plenary: Dublin Ireland 26-28 March 2014 hosted by Australia and Ireland Plenary 4 will be in the Netherlands fall 2014
  21. 21. Info: enquiries@rd-alliance.org @resdatall
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