ITO Director Dr. Karen Payne presented on the progress of the Research Data Alliance Global Open Research Commons International Model Working Group at the International Conference on Research Infrastructure in Brno, Czech Republic, on October 20th, 2022.
Occurring every two years, the International Conference on Research Infrastructure (ICRI) is an opportunity for research infrastructure stakeholders to meet and discuss, debate, and decide on strategies for international cooperation. ICRI 2022 was intentionally focused on the socioeconomic benefits and social responsibility of research infrastructures, as well as how to develop an integrated research infrastructure system.
Working towards an international research infrastructure system is a main goal of the ITO. As stated in our current deliverables for research infrastructure, the ITO is heavily involved with the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Global Open Research Commons Interest Group (GORC-IG) and International Model Working Group (GORC-WG). The GORC-IG’s and GORC-WG’s common goal is to identify a global online set of services that make data, software, computational resources, publications and other artefacts from scientific research easily findable, openly accessible, intelligently interoperable and abundantly reusable. The GORC-IG is working to develop a roadmap for global alignment to help set priorities for research commons development and integration. In support of the roadmap, the GORC-WG is collecting and curating a set of attributes that will allow research commons developers to compare features across science clouds and commons, effectively identifying and refining benchmarks for international interoperability across research commons.
The work from the GORC-WG is directly tied with international integration of research infrastructure, as research infrastructure is one of the main areas of consideration in the GORC-WG collection and analysis. The GORC-WG is hosting a speaker series to investigate a range of research commons that provide different services, have different governance structures, different research infrastructures, and serve different populations and geographies. The collection of research commons attributes is informed by both the speaker series as well as extracting information from public sources, RDA outputs from other interest and working groups, and external references related to research commons. This work so far has provided a strong basis to identify what is needed for global open research commons interoperability, as well as survey-like data on how each commons in the speaker series identifies with the European Open Science Cloud Resource Profile, specifically the Resource Categories. The GORC-WG speaker series is ongoing, and the evaluation of attributes of research commons to use as interoperability benchmarks has begun in earnest using the foundational work showcased in Dr. Payne’s presentation at ICRI 2022
In her presentation, Dr. Payne presented the major global initiatives for the development and alignment of global Open Science infrastructures supporting data sharing, as informed by the GORC-WG speaker series. She showcased the aim of the GORC-WG to identify differences and commonalities between these initiatives and how they (plan to) collaborate with and influence the regional and national initiatives. While not openly available, Dr. Payne’s presentation can be viewed for free by registering for ICRI 2022.
From conversations after the presentation, many international partners were impressed with the progress and preliminary outputs from the GORC-WG. Congratulations Dr. Payne on a well-received presentation!
- ITO Research Infrastructure Deliverables
- RDA Global Open Research Commons Interest Group
- RDA Global Open Research Commons International Model Working Group
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