On 11 February 2021 around 60 participants gathered for the strategy meeting of GO UNI. Their credo: pragmatic – concrete – community-driven. Based on this credo GO UNI creates a forum under the umbrella of the GO FAIR Data Stewardship Competence Centers Implementation Network (DSCC IN).
In this forum Germany-based research data management (RDM) experts with a special interest for networking with other RDM initiatives come together to collaboratively work on topics of common interest. Taking the feedback of the meeting participants into account, this year GO UNI will begin with three working topics in focus:
1. Connecting the network
In this subject area relevant RDM topics that require stronger networking within the community and between active RDM initiatives will be identified. The aim is to avoid the reinvention of the wheel and parallel work on identical topics. At the moment this applies, for example, to the various collections of teaching materials as well as training programs that are currently being set up by different RDM initiatives. Duplicate work could be avoided if RDM initiatives, NFDI consortia, universities, etc. were to work on a central document with a common metadata scheme in order to obtain a complete overview of all existing material and programs. After the GO UNI strategy meeting, first steps have been taken in this regard, especially in the context of the DINI / UAG training courses, with which we have come into contact accordingly.
2. Continuation of the topic of research data management description model (DIAMOND / requirement categories)
Within the German-speaking field of research data management there seems to be a need for a comprehensive description model of demands and workflows. Based on two approaches presented at the GO UNI strategy meeting, (1) the DIAMOND-Model for RDM processes and workflows and the development of a (2) description model for RDM demands, this topic will be further discussed and developed in the context of GO UNI. One of the first steps will be the evaluation of the DIAMOND-Model. Here, the linking of the process / workflow and demand perspectives will be investigated. Currently, possibilities for holding a workshop on that topic in 2021 are being discussed.
In general, the workshop participants require more internationalisation regarding RDM topics. In order to get in touch with the international RDM community, a stronger connection to the GO FAIR DSCC IN is planned. Mutual guest contributions from the national DSCC chapters are conceivable for this purpose. A coordinator from the DSCC is to be invited to the upcoming GO UNI meeting to report on current developments and explore networking opportunities between the participating countries.
The next GO UNI workshop is planned to be held in late summer / early autumn 2021.
This text was written by Monika Linne (KonsortSWD, GESIS), Patrick Helling (DCH, Uni Köln), coordinators of GO UNI, and Anja Busch (GO FAIR).