4 RDA Recommendations For Open Data Sharing Now Published as ICT Technical Specifications
From the Research Data Alliance:
The 4 RDA recommendations published today are key building blocks for an interoperable research data environment:
- The Basic Vocabulary of Foundational Terminology and Query Tool Recommendation – produced by the Data Foundation and Terminology WG, ensures that researchers use a common terminology when referring to data.
- The Data Type Model and Registry – published by the Data Type Registries WG provides machine-readable and researcher-accessible registries of data types and a common data model to be applied for making data accessible and accurately re-usable.
- The Persistent Identifier Type Registry produced by the PID Information Types WG, a conceptual model for structuring typed information to better identify PIDs, common interface for access to this information.
- The Machine Actionable Policy Templates produced by the Practical Policy WG, can be used to enforce data management, automate administrative tasks, validate assessment criteria, and automate scientific analyses. It builds the trust needed to foster data sharing.
The publication is a key milestone for RDA’s contribution to making research data open, sharable and re-usable across technologies, disciplines, and countries.
RDA gathers more than 5800 members from 128 countries belonging to academia, research, public administration or the private sector. The Recommendations and Outputs are delivered by the RDA Working and Interest groups, self-formed and directly managed by the RDA members. The recommendations and outputs are envisioned as social and technical bridges because they connect different systems, communities, tools etc. and generally take the form of technical specifications, data and reference models, recommended practice and harmonization of existing standards.
RDA Europe, the European plug-in to the global RDA, has carried forward the evaluation, approval and publication of the 4 Recommendations as ICT specifications and is currently working on the submission of a new set of 5 Recommendations for this autumn.
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