[CODATA-international] Call for Working Group and Review Circle Members: Standard Glossary for Research Data Management (IRIDIUM)

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Nov 2 03:08:14 EDT 2016

CODATA invites participants for a Working Group and a broader set of
reviewers to advance a new international glossary of research data
management terms and definitions. Dubbed the IRIDIUM (International
Research Data Management) Glossary, this is an evolving partnership
initiative growing out of a pilot project last year. You can review the
current glossary at *http://dictionary.casrai.org/Category:Research_Data_Domain
<http://dictionary.casrai.org/Category:Research_Data_Domain>*  (it is
currently branded as a ‘dictionary’ but will be rebranded, post-pilot, as a

This work is a partnership between CODATA, CASRAI http://casrai.org/, and
Research Data Canada https://www.rdc-drc.ca/. It is intended that other
partners and national services will be added in the near future.

*Please consider the issues statement, CASRAI Annual Process and the Tasks
of the 2017 IRIDIUM WG Described below.*

*Please complete the form at **https://casrai.org/opencall17/iridium*
<https://casrai.org/opencall17/iridium>* to be considered for the Working
Group or Review Circle.  The deadline to complete the form is 23.59 Eastern
on Monday 21 November.*

*Issue Statement*

Improvement of research data management is a rapidly developing field that
is increasingly recognized as a key element in advancing research and
innovation in government, academic, and private sectors. A major difficulty
in any newly emerging field is the lack of consistent terminology and
precise, definitive definitions of these terms. Such a complex endeavour
involving people and technologies from different fields, and transcending
each of those fields, requires a standardization and harmonization of terms
and definitions used. Currently, there is no formal international standard
for terminology in the field of research data management, although some
standards contain some relevant terms. In the meantime, there is a pressing
need for a common, practical vocabulary. The aim of this activity is to
advance a stable and sustainably governed international glossary of
community accepted terms and definitions, and to keep it relevant by
maintaining it as a ‘living reference’ that is updated as necessary.

*The CASRAI Annual Process:*

CASRAI maintains a standard master glossary of terms and definitions
(including but not limited to RDM terms). This master glossary is
maintained and developed via an annual cycle of coordinated Subject Experts
at the Steering, Working and Review levels.  The work on the ‘Standard
Glossary for Research Data Management (IRIDIUM)’ will follow this process.

1.     Annual Open Call (to which the current call is related) issued
jointly by all CASRAI Steering Committees to signal upcoming work cycles,
seek feedback on scoping and volunteer subject experts for the noted

2.     Steering Committees process all submissions and form Working Groups
(WG) and Review Groups (RG);

3.     From January through to March all WGs deliberate (coordinated and
facilitated by the CASRAI Secretariat) on their part of the master glossary
(in 3 monthly cycles of online calls with term and definition writing
assignments between calls);

4.     In April the WGs open their work to the wider RG community for

5.     In May the WGs finalize their work based on the RG feedback and
submit to the applicable Steering Committee for formal approval before
publishing in the online glossary;

6.     In June begins a wider promotion and adoption period for the WG
outputs - and the planning cycle starts again for the next annual period.

*The tasks of the 2017 IRIDIUM WG will be to:*

1.     Identify priority terms absent from the pilot glossary;

2.     Revue existing terms, identify definitions which need to be revised
and improve those definitions;

3.     Scope above items into a proposed work Package for the 2017 cycle;

4.     Participate in the 4 month deliberations and review to develop the
new and revised glossary definitions.

It is hoped, additionally, that WG members will be available in April to
participate in an online webinar to present the works to the wider
community before the review period starts.

With very best wishes, etc.


On behalf of Simon Hodson, Executive Director, CODATA


simon at codata.org
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