Digital Research Objects are expanding our concept of the scholarly record
and creating a digital ecoystem of all components related to the journal
Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem November
15, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

U.S. National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894

"We are at a tipping point in the development of a common conceptual
framework and set of tools and components which will revolutionize the
management of scientific data."

- *Peter Whittenburg, RDA Director Europe, *
*Max Planck Computing and Data Facility*

How do we establish a useful and sustainable digital ecosystem?  One
approach is based on digital research objects (DROs), representations of
data, publications, software, authors, etc., which are characterized by
metadata. In a dynamic digital ecosystem where DROs interact and are
modified, value is added with the tracking and documentation of these
events so that the provenance of the DRO is captured.

Assigning comprehensive metadata in a consistent and compatible manner for
the large number of diverse DROs populating an ever-evolving digital
ecosystem is a significant challenge.  As the number and diversity of DROs
grow and increasingly figure into the fabric of all research and
scholarship, traditional approaches for characterizing and tracking DROs
becomes unsustainable.

This symposium examines how the challenges of characterizing DROs at scale
(in volume and over time) are being or might be met.  These might include
semantic approaches to assign and map metadata to DROs, as well as
characterizing DROs on the basis of their associations with other DROs to
provide a "fingerprint" for the DRO and an inferable (versus assigned) and
automatically updated set of "metadata."

*Attendees will learn about:*

   - the common components upon which domain-specific workflows may be
   - emerging standards for a shared-identifier system;
   - case studies on connecting users with DROs; and,
   - the challenges and gaps that remain in the development of a
   sustainable digital ecosystem.


*Co-sponsored by CENDI, the National Federation of Advanced Information
Services (NFAIS), Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US), and the National
Academies Board on Research Data and Information.*

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