Digital Research Objects are expanding our concept of the scholarly record and creating a digital ecoystem of all components related to the journal article.

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 built;
  • 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.



801 Compass Way, Suite 201, Annapolis, MD 21401 
Phone: (443) 221-2980 || Fax: (443) 221-2981

NFAISTM: Serving the Global Information Community

This email was sent to [log in to unmask] by [log in to unmask]
National Federation of Advanced Information Services 801 Compass Way, Suite 201, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, United States
Unsubscribe or Manage Preferences   Forward to a Friend   Privacy Policy
Powered by MemberClicks


 Heather Parrish
 Executive Assistant
 Information International Associates, Inc.
 Email: [log in to unmask]
 Phone: 865-298-1245
 Mobile: 865-323-2692
 visit us at

ISO 9001: 2008 and IEC/ISO 20000:2011 Registered Quality Management System
CMMI Services v1.3 Level 3 Appraised