[CODATA-international] Summary Report: Dagstuhl “Interoperability for Cross-Domain Research: Machine-Actionability & Scalability” Workshop

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Thu Sep 22 07:28:19 EDT 2022

The “Interoperability for Cross-Domain Research: Machine-Actionability &
Scalability” workshop was held at Schloss Dagstuhl from August 28 to
September 2, 2022 (https://www.dagstuhl.de/22353). The workshop was the
fourth in a series, starting in 2018, exploring the role of metadata
standards and the issues around interoperability in the cross-domain
sharing and reuse of research data. It was jointly supported by CODATA
<https://codata.org/>, the DDI Alliance <https://ddialliance.org/>, Schloss
Dagstuhl <https://www.dagstuhl.de/>, the Leibniz Center for Informatics
and the EU-funded WorldFAIR project <https://worldfair-project.eu/>, of
which CODATA is the coordinator. With the current interest in the FAIR
principles <https://www.go-fair.org/fair-principles/> and their application
to interdisciplinary research data, the focus of the workshop was on
specific approaches which could be employed within large-scale
infrastructures spanning domain boundaries.

The workshop involved 23 participants from 10 countries
and included experts from many disciplines and organisations, including
infectious disease, the social, behavioural, and economic sciences,
environmental science, disaster risk reduction, geographic information
science, and others. The work was divided into three groups, looking at
different aspects of interoperability: integration of primary and reference
data; access to sensitive data; and common approaches to large-scale oceans
and disaster data. Several WorldFAIR case studies contributed to these
groups. A fourth group looked at how the findings in each area could be
combined in a cross-domain interoperability framework, and a fifth looked
at the RDF expression of some core data and metadata models. Further
information on the workshop themes and the groups’ activity can be found on
the workshop wiki

The workshop was very successful in meeting its agreed goals. One was the
production of an initial draft of a cross-domain interoperability framework
(CDIF), which is central to the work of the WorldFAIR project and other
fora looking at cross-domain interoperability. CDIF is a proposed set of
recommended best practices for using a coordinated set of domain-agnostic
standards – most often as specific subsets or profiles of those standards –
to support a core set of functions for cross-domain FAIR reuse. The group
work on specific topics has resulted in a number of planned publications,
and one or more collaborative projects between some of the participating

The workshop showed that Schloss Dagstuhl’s reputation as a venue for
intensive collaborative work is well-deserved. Over the course of this
series of workshops, solutions to the problem of cross-domain
interoperability have gained a sharper focus, leading to the concrete
outputs which will serve as a basis for ongoing work. A fifth workshop in
the series, ‘Defining a core metadata framework for cross-domain data
sharing and reuse’
<https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/evhp/?semnr=23403>, is planned
for the fall of 2023, as well as a workshop on the application of DDI’s
Cross-Domain Integration standard





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