Interagency Data Stewardship/LifeCycle/Preservation Forum/TeleconNotes/2016-09-27meetingnotes

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Meeting Agenda and Notes - DS Committee - 2016-09-27 3PM EDT

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Attendees: Beth Huffer, Bruce Caron, Douglas Fils, Natalie Meyers, Lynn Yarmey, Bob Downs, Bob Chen, Soren Scott, Vicky Wolf, Christine White, Matt Mayernik, Valerie Toner, Shelley Stall, Shannon Leslie, Robert Arko, David Moroni, Ruth Duerr, Kat Tipton, Justin Goldstein, Erin Robinson, Annie Burgess, Sophie Hou, H. K. (Rama) Ramapriyan, Amrutha Elamparuthy


1) Erin Robinson -

  • A BIG Thank-You to ESIP Staff for assisting and contributing, especially to the demos that were hosted by ESIP.
  • ESIP would be interested in participating in another International Data Week.

2) Beth Huffer (Lingua Logica, Co-chair of the ESIP Semantic Technologies Committee) -

  • Attended talk provided by Philip Bourne - NIH
  • BD2K = Big Data To Knowledge
  • Connecting the computing capabilities and services to the users more effectively.
  • Specifically, a platform can be provided that permits a scientific researcher to integrate publication of digital outputs, such as datasets, workflows, articles, as part of the research lifecycle.
  • During this process, establishing trust among the different stakeholders of the platform is important.
  • However, a high level of trust is possible even among different groups that have not typically worked together. An example that was provided was the Airbnb model.

3) Christine White - (ESRI, ESIP VP)

  • Presented in the “Data Story” session at the International Data Week.
  • Christine’s presentation entitled “Lessons from the Edge: What a Contest for 5th Graders Teaches about Science Communication” can be download from the following link:
  • Christine found that the students provided their stories in a very personal manner, and it was impactful to her to see how the students see and understand the environmental changes.
  • Link to Christine’s talk (as well as other talks at the SciDataCon, International Data Form, and Research Data Alliance Plenary):

4) Bob Chen (Columbia Univ./SEDAC) -

  • Provided a brief background on SciDataCon and International Data Week.
  • Bob helped in organizing and providing report out regarding several sessions, and in general, Bob found the international perspective to be very useful.
  • Mapping Population and Infrastructure.
  • Sustainable Development Indicators.
  • Settlement, Infrastructure, and Population Data.
  • RDA-CODATA Legal Interoperability Interest Group.

5) Bob Downs (Columbia Univ./CIESIN) -

  • Bob reported focused on the “Auditing Data Repositories” session.
  • The session had six talks, and the talks focused on the criteria and process for assessing the quality of data repositories.
  • Additionally, the session also discussed the following topics:
  • The importance of auditing data repositories.
  • Costs that might be involved with the auditing process.
  • The different types of auditing models/approaches available (e.g. ISO 16363).
  • Trade-offs between internal versus official auditing procedures.
  • AGU’s data maturity model.
  • Data Seal of Approval (partnership with World Data System).
  • Audit and certification use case (e.g. Data Archiving and Networked Service (DANS) from The Netherlands).

6) Hampapuram (Rama) Ramapriyan (SSAI/GSFC, ESIP Data Stewardship Committee Vice Chair) -

  • Attended International Council for Science (ICSU)/World Data System (WDS) Members’ Forum.
  • Certification processes of WDS and Data Seal of Approval are being merged.
  • Knowledge Network Working Group ( a highlighted project is the work to create a metadata catalog.
  • Also attended SciDataCon, with focus on sessions that are relevant to ESIP Information Quality Cluster (e.g. data fitness) and data stewardship.
  • Additional sessions that Rama attended were related to data citation, data repositories’ sustainability, linking local and indigenous communities with researchers, and the international partnerships in Earth and space sciences.

7) Ruth Duerr (Ronin Institute) -

  • Referenced the International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science and Technology/Research Data Alliance Data at Risk Workshop (
  • Also mentioned the Privacy Implications of Research Data: A NISO Symposium (
  • As part of the “Data Professionals” session, the session discussion highlighted that being a well-rounded “data professional” requires possession of informatics skill sets along with the technical expertise, such as computer programming and statistics, so that the one can apply appropriate ethics when working with and handling information.
  • The Active Data Management Interest Group from the Research Data Alliance is a group that might have particular interest to the ESIP Data Stewardship Committee as the Active Data Management Interest Group is interested in determining the means through which to establish and implement data management plans as living documents, so that the plans can evolve with their respective projects,.
  • Additional link provided by Ruth: RMap Project:
  • Question: Question for Ruth: are there any efforts to reclaim the term "data scientist" to those who are actually scientifically trained and also work with science data, whether it be data processing, data stewardship, calibration/validation, etc?
  • Discussion amongst the meeting attendees: This is an ongoing discussion because there are several different communities who are “claiming” their relevancy and authority to data. As a result, it might be difficult to consolidate the definitions that are used for the same professional titles.