GO Unite!-Spring 2022 Workshop: Recap

The GO FAIR Im­ple­men­ta­ti­on Net­work GO Unite! is an in­ter­ac­ti­ve fo­rum of the Data Ste­ward­ship Com­pe­tence Cen­ters (DSCC) in which the Ger­man re­se­arch data ma­nage­ment (RDM) com­mu­ni­ty con­nects with each other across di­sci­pli­nes. The con­tents of GO Unite! are pro­vi­ded by the com­mu­ni­ty and are de­fi­ned and pro­ces­sed bey­ond for­mal pro­ject struc­tures. Wi­thin this low-th­res­hold co­ope­ra­ti­on cul­tu­re, prag­ma­tic so­lu­ti­ons for cur­rent RDM is­sues are de­ve­lo­ped.

At the spring work­shop on 28 April 2022, exis­ting and new to­pics were work­ed on in se­ve­ral brea­kout ses­si­ons. The cur­rent GO Unite! working groups are:

  1. Con­nec­ting the Net­work (Mo­ni­ka Linne)

In this working group, re­le­vant RDM to­pics are iden­ti­fied that re­qui­re stron­ger net­wor­king wi­thin the com­mu­ni­ty and bet­ween RDM in­itia­ti­ves. The aim is to avo­id re­inven­ting the wheel and par­al­lel work on iden­ti­cal to­pics or to ex­ch­an­ge ex­pe­ri­en­ces on spe­ci­fic RDM is­sues. The to­pics of the spring work­shop were:

  • Cen­tral coll­ec­tion of RDM trai­ning ma­te­ri­als: DINI/nestor Sub Working Group Training/Fortbildungen: https://rs.cms.hu-berlin.de/uag_fdm/pages/home.php
  • De­ve­lo­p­ment of a di­gi­tal ex­pert platform
  • Es­tab­lish­ment of RDM in cur­ri­cu­la (Vol­ker Schwart­ze, An­net­te Strauch-Da­vey, Flo­ri­an Strauß)
  • Col­le­gi­al Con­sul­ting as a form of low th­res­hold Coun­seling in a self-di­rec­ted group: Of­fer of the Sub Working Group Training/Fortbildungen (Brit­ta Petersen)
  1. Re­se­arch Ethics (An­net­te Strauch-Davey)

The to­pic of re­se­arch ethics is an im­portant part of all sci­en­ti­fic di­sci­pli­nes, but the con­tent is not yet suf­fi­ci­ent­ly known. In this working group, a dis­cus­sion should the­r­e­fo­re first take place of how awa­re­ness can be rai­sed in the RDM com­mu­ni­ty and how sup­port can be pro­vi­ded for re­se­ar­chers. In ad­di­ti­on, an in­ter­na­tio­nal net­work is ai­med for, sin­ce the to­pic is al­re­a­dy more ad­van­ced in other countries.

  1. RDM De­scrip­ti­on Mo­del (Pa­trick Helling)

At this year’s GO Unite! spring work­shop, the “RDM de­scrip­ti­on mo­del” working group dis­cus­sed pos­si­ble ap­proa­ches for for­ma­li­zing con­sul­ta­ti­on mee­tings in RDM. The­se can be used as an in­for­ma­tio­nal ba­sis for de­ve­lo­ping a frame­work to for­mal­ly de­scri­be RDM theo­ry and prac­ti­ce. First and fo­re­most, the working group no­ti­ced that RDM com­pe­tence cen­ters would very much wel­co­me fur­ther ex­ch­an­ge on the fol­lo­wing aspects:

  • Con­cepts for trans­fer­ring com­pe­ten­ci­es in re­se­arch data management;
  • How to con­duct FDM con­sul­ta­ti­on meetings;
  • How to do­cu­ment FDM con­sul­ta­ti­on meetings;
  • How to de­sign sub­ject-spe­ci­fic FDM consultation.

The­se to­pics were ad­dres­sed in two fol­low-up work­shops of the WG (in German):

The re­sults of the work­shops will be pu­blished in a joint pu­bli­ca­ti­on. Fur­ther fol­low-up work­shops are plan­ned for the se­cond half of 2022.

  1. Al­lo­ca­ti­on, coll­ec­tion and vi­si­bi­li­ty of re­se­arch data from your own in­sti­tu­ti­on (Mar­kus Put­nings, Es­ther Asef)

The working group “as­sign­ment, coll­ec­tion, and vi­si­bi­li­ty of re­se­arch data at in­sti­tu­ti­ons” fo­cu­sed on th­ree core ques­ti­ons du­ring a brea­kout ses­si­on at the GO Unite! spring workshop:

  • First, ap­proa­ches to the coll­ec­tion of re­com­men­da­ti­ons / best prac­ti­ces were dis­cus­sed. Here, the fo­cus was par­ti­cu­lar­ly on the iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on of ne­ces­sa­ry steps to re­trie­ve re­se­arch data stored in dif­fe­rent re­po­si­to­ries and pro­du­ced at a spe­ci­fic in­sti­tu­ti­on, e.g. a university.
  • Se­cond­ly, to im­pro­ve the re­trie­val of re­se­arch data stored in va­rious in­fra­struc­tures but pro­du­ced at a spe­ci­fic in­sti­tu­ti­on, the group dis­cus­sed pos­si­ble ways for the GO Unite! com­mu­ni­ty to ad­dress such in­fra­struc­tures and which spe­ci­fic de­mands could be defined.
  • Fi­nal­ly, stra­te­gies for a con­so­li­da­ted search of re­se­arch data de­po­si­ted in dif­fe­rent re­po­si­to­ries were debated.
  1. In­ter­na­tio­na­liza­ti­on (Anja Busch)

Par­ti­ci­pan­ts of the brea­kout ses­si­on on “in­ter­na­tio­na­liza­ti­on” brain­stor­med the fu­ture de­sign of ex­ch­an­ge across bor­ders. The­re is gre­at in­te­rest in ad­dres­sing one’s needs or ex­pe­ri­en­ces with the in­ter­na­tio­nal com­mu­ni­ty and gai­ning new im­pe­tus for ac­ti­vi­ties. Du­ring the brea­kout ses­si­on, (1) in­ter­na­tio­nal guest key­notes, (2) to­pics of other GO Unite! working groups (such as re­se­arch ethics, RDM in the uni­ver­si­ty cur­ri­cu­lum) and (3) ex­ch­an­ge pro­gram­mes were con­side­red for in­ter­na­tio­nal per­spec­ti­ves. All ap­proa­ches pro­vi­de an op­por­tu­ni­ty to pro­mo­te cross-bor­der in­ter­ac­tion and to be­ne­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence of the in­ter­na­tio­nal network.

“In­ter­na­tio­na­liza­ti­on” as a to­pic of­fers the po­ten­ti­al for a vi­brant and in­te­res­t­ing ex­ch­an­ge. All ide­as and po­ten­ti­al me­a­su­res rai­sed a lot of in­te­rest among GO Unite! mem­bers. What is miss­ing is a cont­act per­son from the com­mu­ni­ty at the mo­ment. Whoe­ver is in­te­res­ted in fil­ling the in­ter­na­tio­nal ex­ch­an­ge with life is wel­co­me to cont­act the GO Unite! spo­kesper­sons Mo­ni­ka Lin­ne, Pa­trick Hel­ling and Anja Busch.

In the me­an­ti­me, we are wel­co­ming feed­back on two ques­ti­ons in this Goog­le doc:

  • In which topics/projects/initiatives in the in­ter­na­tio­nal en­vi­ron­ment are you interested?
  • Plea­se share va­luable cont­acts of pro­jects or in­itia­ti­ves that could be of va­lue for GO Unite!

Even if you weren’t able to join the work­shop, you are cor­di­al­ly in­vi­ted to par­ti­ci­pa­te wi­thin the exis­ting working groups or to in­tro­du­ce new to­pics that you would like to pro­mo­te in the GO Unite! net­work. If you are in­te­res­ted in col­la­bo­ra­ting wi­thin the to­pics, plea­se cont­act the re­spon­si­ble per­sons, who are in­di­ca­ted in bra­ckets be­hind the re­spec­ti­ve to­pic. We look for­ward to working with you!

Mo­ni­ka Lin­ne, Pa­trick Hel­ling, Anja Busch