Research Object for Scholarly Communication Community Group
Research investigations are increasingly collaborative and require ‘‘borrowing strength’’ from the outputs of other research. Conventional digital publications are becoming less sufficient for the scientists to access, share, communicate, and enable the reuse of scientific outputs. The need to have a community-wide container data model to encapsulate the actual research data and methods with all the contextual information essential for interpreting and reusing them is becoming more and more imperative, for the science, publisher, as well as digital library communities.
A number of different community groups and projects are now creating some form of container, bundling or aggregation mechanism (particularly using ORE OAI), partially driven by the above goal. There is a clear need and benefit to facilitate a consensus among these representations. In the ROSC community group we aim to provide an open platform for gathering and discussing current development of various container models and their implementations. These data models should be driven by the need of facilitating the reuse and exchange of the actual digital knowledge and the inspection of the reproducibility of scientific investigation results. They should consider not only the data used, methods employed to produce and analyse that data, but also the people involved in the investigation and annotations about these resources, which are essential to the understanding and interpretation of the scientific outcomes.
As outcomes from the community group we aim to facilitate the establishment of a community data model and a set of community agreements that can effectively assist the establishment of a new form of scholarly communication, that is a prominent issue of today.
We are very pleased to let you know that following on our public election process, we now have three chairs for the group: Sean Bechhofer, Rob Sanderson and Jun Zhao.
Now this is time to think about how to move on from here. Given the diversity of the group members, we agreed that it would be a good idea to start with a use case gathering process on the group Wiki, so that we can have more understanding about the motivation, background and expectations from individual members.
Currently we are working on a use case template and aim to release it to the list and group wiki in 3 weeks time. From there, then we can start gather a good list of use cases and build up more grounded understanding.
Please keep an eye on this exciting place and keep us posted of your thoughts!
Welcome all to the ROSC community group. Now with 45 participations in the group (by 2pm GMT 23 April 2013), we need to elect a chair. So I drafted an initial poll. I propose we vote for 2-3 chairs. So everyone can vote for 2-3 nominees.
Currently the poll has only 4 names. If you want to nominate names not on the list, p lease feel free to use the mailing list to propose additional names to the poll and I will add them.