RDAP13 Mark Parsons: The Research Data Alliance: Making Data Work


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Mark Parsons, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mark A. Parsons and Francine Berman: "The Research Data Alliance: Making Data Work"

Panel: Global scientific data infrastructure
Research Data Access & Preservation Summit 2013
Baltimore, MD April 4, 2013 #rdap13

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RDAP13 Mark Parsons: The Research Data Alliance: Making Data Work

  1. 1. The Research Data Alliance: Making Data WorkMark A. Parsons and Francine BermanRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteResearch Data Access and Preservation Summit 13Baltimore, MD4 April 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. Digital Data has hitthe “Tipping Point” asa Global Priority Fran Berman
  3. 3. "Data Deluge," Brett Ryder, The Economist, Feb. 2010
  4. 4. Diverse snow crystal photos by Kenneth G. Libbrechtsnowcrystals.com
  5. 5. All of society’s grand challenges require diverse(often large) data to to be shared and integratedacross cultures, scales, and technologies.
  6. 6. Research Data AllianceVision Researchers around the world sharing and using research data without barriers.Purpose to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating research data sharing and exchange, use and re-use, standards harmonization, and discoverability. through the development and adoption of infrastructure, policy, practice, standards, and other deliverables.
  7. 7. Principles• Openness• Consensus• Balance• Harmonization• Community Driven• Non-profit
  8. 8. Deliverables that make data work• Adopted code, policy, infrastructure, standards, or best practices that enable data to be shared and exchanged• “Harvestable” efforts for which 12-18 months of work can eliminate a roadblock for a substantial community• Efforts that have substantive applicability to “chunks” of the data community, but may not apply to everyone• Efforts for which working scientists and researchers can start today while more long-term or far-reaching solutions are appropriately discussed in other venues
  9. 9. Building Bridges• Bridges to the future • data preservation• Bridges to research partners• Bridges across disciplines• Bridges across regions• Bridges to integration • to solve new problems• Bridges across communities Juan  Bicarregui
  10. 10. We need to start thinking about software in away more like how we think about buildingbridges, dams, and sewers– Dan Bricklin, Software That Lasts 200 Years
  11. 11. Dynamics  of  Infrastructure Edwards,  et  al.  2007  Understanding  Infrastructure:  Dynamics,  Tensions,  and  Design.  • Infrastructures  become  “ubiquitous,  accessible,   reliable,  and  transparent”  as  they  mature.  • Staged  evolu@on – “system-­‐building,  characterized  by  the  deliberate  and   successful  design  of  technology-­‐based  services.”   – “technology  transfer  across  domains  and  loca@ons  results   in  varia@ons  on  the  original  design,  as  well  as  the   emergence  of  compe@ng  systems.” – Finally,  “a  process  of  consolida@on  characterized  by   gateways  that  allow  dissimilar  systems  to  be  linked  into   networks.”  
  12. 12. Figure from F. Millerand based onEcology of Infrastructure S. L. Star & K. Ruhleder (1996)
  13. 13. When is infrastructure?
  14. 14. When is infrastructure?Who is infrastructure?
  15. 15. Proposal for organizational Framework RDA  Strategy  and  Leadership:    Council Responsible  for  overarching  mission,  vision,  sustainability  of  RDA Organiza@onal  Partners:     Technical  Leadership: Administra@ve   RDA  Membership Organisa:onal  Advisory   Technical  Advisory   Leadership: Group   Board    (TAB) Secretariat (OAG) Responsible  for  AdministraCon  and   Responsible  for  Technical  Roadmap OperaCons Responsible  for  Process  and  Strategy   Reference  Document Community  Impact:    Working  Groups Responsible  for  impacHul,  outcome-­‐oriented  efforts Government  Group  (Science  Agency  Colloquium)  Appropriate  InternaConal  R&D  Agency  Support Fran Berman
  16. 16. Leadership Model: Positive Deviance Positive deviance says that if you want to create change, you must scale it down to the lowest level of granularity and look for people within the social system who are already manifesting the desired future state. Take only the arrows that are already pointing toward the way you want to go, and ignore the others. Identify anddifferentiate those people who are headed in the right direction. Givethem visibility and resources. Bring them together. Aggregate them. Barbara WaughSlide courtesy Ted Habermann, NOAA
  17. 17. RDA Working Groups Create Enabling Infrastructure Data  Use,  Sharing  and  Exchange RDA Working Group Deliverables Community  deployment  of  adopted  /  implemented  infrastructure,   tools,  policy,  prac@ce,  standards   facilita@ng  data  sharing  and  exchange RDA Working Group Deliverables Founda@ons Fran Berman
  18. 18. Working and Interest GroupsWorking Groups • UPC Code for Data• PID Information Types • Metadata Publishing Data• Data Type Registries • Defining Urban Data Exchange for• Data Foundation and Terminology Science The Engagement Group (pending) • Marine Data Harmonization• Practical Policy (pending) • Repository Audit and Certification • Preservation e-InfrastructureInterest Groups: • Contextual Metadata• Legal Interoperability • Community Capability Model (Joint w/ CODATA) • Big Data Analytics• The Engagement Group
  19. 19. Current StatusGrowing the Community Growing the Organization • ~300 Members • Initial Council and Secretariat • 15 Interest and Working Groups forming established with Website, • Task forces to address technical Forums, Mailing Lists etc. issues and organizational members • Multiple workshops leading to and affiliates Launch and first Plenary 18-19 • Sponsorship form US, EC, and March Australia • 31 countries, 5 continents (no S. America) • >200 participants • >6,500 tweets on #rdalaunch
  20. 20. “T=0” - 18 March 2013: We are here! Launch from Göteborg!Be involved:– Help RDA live up to its aspirations: • focused effort, • tangible progress, • maximum impact– Work with colleagues to create Working Groups that will make a difference to the research community– Get involved in RDA component groups– Register and participate at rd-alliance.org Fran Berman
  21. 21. Fran Berman
  22. 22. Next Plenary:16-18 September 2013National Academy of SciencesWashington DC Fran Berman 29
  23. 23. Some of the Players • Steering Group - Fran Berman, US• Initial Council: - Juan Bicarregui, UK – John Wood, EU - Leif Laaksonen, EU – Ross Wilkinson, AU - Beth Plale, US – Fran Berman, US - Andrew Treloar, AU - Ross Wilkinson, AU• Secretariat: - Peter Wittenburg, EU – Herman Stehouwers, EU - John Wood, EU – Stefanie Kethers, AU – Mark Parsons, US • Task Groups - Technical Advisory• Sponsors Board – NSF, in-kind support from - Organizational members NIST and affiliates – Australian National Data - Outreach and Comm. Service – European Commission - Plenary 2
  24. 24. What can RDA do for RDAP andASIS&T?Questions and comments to:enquiries@rd-alliance.org