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Case Statement: Engagement Working Group

Postby HermanStehouwer » Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:45 am

Dear all,

here is the case statement from the engagement working group.
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Re: Case Statement: Engagement Working Group

Postby RKanso » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:29 pm

The case statement reads very well. Regarding ongoing efforts in the UK, it may be a good idea to liaise and coordinate efforts with the emerging Open Data Institute
http://www.theodi.org/
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Re: Case Statement: Engagement Working Group

Postby pwittenburg » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:34 pm

Dear Engagement CWG colleagues,

Here is a bit of comment on the case statement and I should apologies for submitting comments now, although I am mentioned in the list of proposers. But obviously I did not notice this since I was so much involved with other issues. At the Washington meeting when Andrew suggested "engagement" as a topic I supported this idea. Now it is more obvious to me that this is a kind of "meta-topic" which is of great relevance to RDA, but which is not per se a working group with the concrete output we are requesting. It is more a contribution to the RDA culture we need to establish (IETF likes to speak about their Tao - guess I mean something like this when I speak about RDA culture). As you already noticed there was not much interaction yet about this topic.

So I suggest to have a BoF session at the March plenary with the goals to determine the right framework for this (probably an interest group coming up with recommendations for RDA), to define more clear procedures and goals and to see who is interested and wants to participate. I also see the need for the plenary to start a discussion about the RDA culture which will have several facets.

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Re: Case Statement: Engagement Working Group

Postby inkouper » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:35 pm

pwittenburg wrote: ... this is a kind of "meta-topic" which is of great relevance to RDA, but which is not per se a working group with the concrete output we are requesting. It is more a contribution to the RDA culture we need to establish...


I wouldn't necessarily agree that the group's work pertains to RDA culture only and lacks concrete output. One of the major barriers to the development of good data tools and practices is lack of engagement of researchers in it. In other words, we build something and they don't come. RDA-Engage group proposes to deal with this problem by a) making others aware that data exchanges have to have value for researchers, not just funders and IT developers, b) collecting data cases that show how to embed such a value; c) taking action in changing the culture of working with data and not just the culture of RDA.

Perhaps, we could've stated this more explicitly in our case statement? Suggestions are welcome.
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Re: Case Statement: Engagement Working Group

Postby inkouper » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:04 pm

An updated version of our case statement for the plenary is attached.
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Re: Case Statement: Engagement Working Group

Postby parsonsm » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:55 pm

Council has formally recognized this group as an RDA Interest Group. Below is a summary of the letter the Council sent to the group chairs prior to the Launch, where the final decision was made..

The group had a lively and productive discussion in Göteborg and is moving forward. They are exploring collaborations with other Interest and Working Groups, notably the proposed Community Capability Model group.

Summary of letter from Council:
In the last few weeks the RDA Council received an initial group of Case Statements for assessment.

The process for assessing the Case Statements was as follows:  The Liaisons for each of the submitting groups were asked to provide a technical assessment of the Case Statement.  Council used these assessments in a substantial way to assess the potential impact of the effort. Council closely read the Case Statement as well as RDA Forum discussions for the group in order to get a sense of the discussion and participation.  (We were also aware that at this point, part of the discussion for some groups were not conducted on the RDA Forum).  Council’s assessment of the impact and alignment with the RDA mission included a strong focus on whether the Case Statement included concrete deliverables that would directly or indirectly enable a research community of practice and would be adopted by Working Group members during the effort.
 
With regard to the Case Statement of the RDA Engagement working group, the RDA Council has decided that its work is not suited to the timeframe and deliverables structure of RDA Working Groups. The work of this group is very important to the RDA and the Council enthusiastically endorses this group as an RDA interest group.
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