[CODATA-international] RDA GEDE Webinar: Interoperability through Digital Objects and Digital Object Interface Protocol

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Mon Nov 26 23:54:47 EST 2018

Date: 7.12. 2018 from 14.00-16.00

URL: *https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/177773245

   - Larry Lannom (Vice President CNRI, Virginia): What is it?
   - Dimitris Koureas (Head DISSCO Coordination Team): Why to do it?
   - Christophe Bianchi (Executive Director DONA Foundation): How to do it?

Between key actors who worked on the concept of Digital Objects within the
Research Data Alliance, the Swiss DONA Foundation and on implementing the
FAIR principles in the GOFAIR initiative there is agreement about the fact
that Digital Objects [1] and the FAIR Principles [2] are steps towards
convergence in the digital data domain and are complementary [3,4]. The
concept of Digital Objects with its capacities of abstraction, of binding
all relevant information together such that machines can find it and its
potential for encapsulation [5] is a way to implement the basic FAIR
recommendations and to facilitate the others. This has also been indicated
in the recent report of EC's FAIR implementation expert group [6] and in a
recent workshop in Brussels [7].

Assuming that the FAIR Principles are now widely known, in this webinar we
want to present the concept of Digital Objects (DO), discuss it from a
computer science and domain science perspective and present the DO
Interface Protocol (DOIP) [8] which has the potential to establish
interoperability between repositories of digital data independent of the
way they are organising their data and which data model they are using. As
surveys have shown these differences account for a large percentage of the
inefficiencies and costs in data projects in research and industry. As is
indicated in the diagram, the DOIP takes over a similar role as TCP/IP some
decades ago and it has the potential to open a new phase of improved
exploitation of the rich data collections we are gathering. DOIP will be
free to use and free of charge to everyone, and it will create an
interoperable data square which will not be owned by anyone as Internet is
not owned by a particular institution or company - the infrastructure is
simply there to be used.

14.00 Welcome & Introduction

14.05 Larry Lannom: Digital Objects - Concept and Impact

14.25 Dimitris Koureas: Digital Objects - their potential for Data Science

14.45 Christophe Bianchi: DOIP V2.0 - Basic Specification Aspects

15.05 Open Discussion (Moderator: Peter Wittenburg)

This webinar will be recorded and available through the GEDE (Group of
European Data Experts) web-site and it will be repeated in January 2019 to
allow many to participate and ask questions.

More information about GEDE, the GEDE Digital Object Group and other GEDE
activities can be found here:

References to useful reading material:

[1] RDA DFT Core Terms and Model:

[2] FAIR Principles: https://www.force11.org/group/fairgroup/fairprinciples

[3] P. Wittenburg & G. Strawn: Common Patterns in Revolutionary
Infrastructures and Data;

[4] E. Schultes & P. Wittenburg: FAIR Principles & Digital Objects: a
Complementary Couple?!; to appear soon

[5] P. Wittenburg, G. Strawn, E. Schultes, B. Mons: Digital Objects as
Drivers towards Convergence in Data; to appear soon

[6] EC FAIR Implementation Report: https://d2cloud.zbw.eu/f/278e29d739/ [7]
GEDE workshop on Digital Objects:

[8] DOIPV2.0 Specification:

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E-Mail: asha at codata.org
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