Thursday, 2:50 - 5:30

In this session, we will, through smaller group discussions, dive into some more specific questions of how the NDS addresses particular parts of the challenge.  The goals of the break-outs are

  • to identify the most important problems that will need to be addressed when building and or operating the NDS
  • to identify key requirements or considerations when addressing these problems
  • to identify existing tools, technologies, or development efforts that we think will be important to addressing these problems
  • to identify any obvious holes in the technology space
  • to identify those problems that can be easily tackled first 

More info below


2:50pmCharge to Break-outs10 min

Break-outs discussions

90 min
5:00Lightning Reports:  5 minutes per break-out group30 min


  • Pick a topic that matches your interest
  • As a group, please identify 2 note takers
  • Consider the questions below for your topic, or generate your own as appropriate
  • Take the last 20-30 minutes of the discussion session to prepare a 5 minute report; identify a presenter
  • Email your presentation and any additional notes to


Organizing the Consortium 

Questions to consider:

  • What does it mean to be a member of the Consortium?
  • What kind of structure is desired?  necessary?  (e.g. highly structured vs. loose)
  • What are some key/required components of the Charter?
  • Should a Charter come out quickly or do we need to take our time?  Phases?

Discovery:  Connecting mechanisms together

Questions to consider:

  • How do we handle cross-disciplinary discovery
    • How do we leverage community/discipline-specific tools/mechanisms
      • Massive harvesting to a central index, vs.
      • Live searches of community-specific tools, vs.
      • Hybrid
    • Where do community-specific metadata come in?
    • How important (and where) are cross-discipline metadata standards?  Are translators/semantic mappers important?
    • How can the user smoothly transition into discipline specific tools
  • Big results problem / Browsing problem: will new strategies be needed?
  • Search granularity?

Repositories:  technologies and federation

Questions to consider:

  • What are the different classes of repositories that need to be integrated? 
    • preservation vs. access
    • limited-lived data?
    • dark data?
  • What are some of the key APIs (generally)
  • Who will be running repositories?
  • What are the modes for funding repositories

Publishing:  IDs, the publishing process, role of publishers, tools

Questions to consider:

  • How does the research and publishing process need to evolve to incorporate data
  • What are the key requirements (from publishers?) needed to preserve the quality of publications?
  • Should we be able to cite data products just like literature?  Data citation statistics?
  • What are the key standards that need to be incorporated into the data publishing process?
  • What tools are necessary to help authors prepare data for publication?  How important are discipline-specific features (e.g. metadata)?



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