1. Identifying and preparing new scientific & research communities to engage with EOSC:
Context: Science and research are international and know no geographical borders. There are a large number of domains and disciplines that are unaware, unprepared or uninterested in engaging in EOSC. Some of these scientific and research communities are engaged with RDA but many are not. Furthermore, the level of understanding, willingness and preparedness of many communities is very disparate.
Objective: identify and engage with the domains and disciplines through a comprehensive mapping exercise, involving an awareness and readiness level assessment and recommendations for engagement from 2021 onwards. Communities not represented by European Research Infrastructures were targeted.
- Defining a set of indicators to assess the awareness and readiness levels:
- Social enablers: Roadmaps / Open Science (OS) / Research Data Management (RDM) policies; Training & skills; Consolidated domain initiatives/communities
- Technical enablers: Infrastructures; Registries & data catalogues; Standards & vocabularies
- Investigate underrepresented communities and what should be focus areas to improve engagement.
- Spotlight on the successful communities and what we can learn from them.
- Leverage on RDA Communities of Practice Framework
Adopting and implementing technological and/or domain-specific research data solutions in EOSC;
Connecting EOSC with the international stakeholders via the RDA governance;
Gaining international consensus and input on EOSC;
Engaging global institutions and policymakers;
Supporting the generation of standards for EOSC implementation.
2. Connecting EOSC with international stakeholders via RDA governance.
Context: RDA offers Europe an excellent window to the world. As a global organisation, RDA is the international neutral forum to establish global standards and best practices for data.
Objective: Supporting the global secretariat and ensuring that developments and achievements in Europe, particularly in reference to EOSC, are disseminated and communicated to the global community.
Activities: Supporting the volunteer, elected European governance members of RDA to participate in board meetings and RDA plenary meetings ensuring the EOSC mission, vision and values are disseminated and aligned with global discussions. Increased support was given to the Global Open Research Commons Interest Group to promote the GORC definition and GORC IG Case Statement. Assistance in producing collaterals on the GORC building blocks and core components, including a communique compiled in coordination with the Data Together organisations, aimed at outlining how the GORC and Global Open Science Commons are aligned.
3. Gaining international consensus and input on EOSC
Context: With global data experts from all stakeholders (infrastructures, software, computer scientists, information management, libraries, researchers, etc.) engaged as well as global geographical coverage (145 countries), as outlined in the EOSC Workplan 2019-2020, RDA is a key vehicle in implementing the EOSC and coordinating and influencing international activity. RDA offers an open and inclusive forum for EOSC consultation with users ensuring that the solutions proposed are consensus-based and community-driven. Gathering a global talent pool as well as offering capacity building for Europe and beyond, RDA is the natural home to facilitate EOSC implementation discussions. The new Global Open Research Commons IG has been established to share good practices and coordinate international efforts in this field. To date, a series of dedicated webinars have been organised by the Group of European Data Experts (GEDE) focused on EOSC and the specific support that RDA can offer.
Objective: Inform the global RDA stakeholders on the EOSC developments, requirements (in terms of technological solutions) and ensure engagement with all relative and pertinent stakeholders. Identify and support the presentation of new Working and/or Interest groups to work on dedicated solutions for EOSC.
Activities: A dedicated stakeholder forum in conjunction with the RDA 17th Plenary meeting (April 2021) raising awareness of and exchanging knowledge on EOSC in the context of other international initiatives of a similar nature.
4. Institutional, Policymaker and global stakeholder engagement
Context: With over 6,000 European data professionals and an additional 6,000 worldwide, RDA boasts a broad geographical, organisational as well as disciplinary and stakeholder coverage. RDA offers the EOSC secretariat and governance boards a direct channel and support for the identification of specific experts to support technological and multi- / inter- disciplinary discussions and solution development. The expertise within RDA can be leveraged upon to raise awareness with the many stakeholders of EOSC
Objective: Carry out an extensive consultation exercise leveraging on a survey and focused interviews to collect feedback (requirements, barriers and suggestions) on the organisational engagement with the EOSC. Provide a series of policy briefs focusing on different aspects of engaging with the EOSC from an organisational perspective. Deliver a series of coordination webinars targeting organisational representatives and facilitating dialogue with EOSC representatives as a channel to raise awareness and widen the organisational engagement.
Activities: Initial scoping with the RDA Organisational Members and interviews collecting perspectives on challenges from an organisational perspective, successful activities and next steps.