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RDA Working group: Practical Policy

Presenter 1
Reagan Moore
Research Data Alliance
Presenter 2
Rainer Stotzka
Research Data Alliance
Presenter 3
Johannes Reetz
Research Data Alliance

Computer-actionable policies are used to enforce management, automate administrative tasks, validate assessment criteria, and automate scientific analyses. The benefits of using policies include minimization of the amount of labor needed to manage a collection, the ability to publish to the users the rules that are being used, and the ability to automate process management. Currently scientific communities use their own sets of policies, if any. A generic set of policies that can be revised and adapted by user communities and site managers who need to build up their own data collection in a trusted environment does not exist. Thus, the goals of the working group are to bring together practitioners in policymaking and policy implementation; to identify typical application scenarios for policies such as replication, preservation, etc.; to collect and to register practical policies; and to enable sharing, revising, adapting, and reuse of computer-actionable policies. This presentation will provide an overview of the working group and its activities, including a recent survey to elicit the types of policies currently being enforced as well as policy areas considered to be the most important.

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