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e-IRG support project to organise BOF session on Data Infrastructure Assessment at RDA 9th Plenary

Following the recent publication of the e-IRG document "Evaluation of e-Infrastructures and the development of related Key Performance Indicators", also known as the KPI document, the support project of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) is organising a Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) session at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) 9th Plenary Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, on April 7, 2017 from 11h00 to 12h30.

Storage, preservation and curation, computing and transport of data are of utmost importance for today's scientific undertakings. This is the case for Big Data but also for the long tail of science. In order to provide the most appropriate data infrastructure, an evaluation of the existing components is necessary for the benefit of the data producers, owners and users. The assessment should be conducted under the assumption that user satisfaction is one of the key aspects for the operational and innovative aspects of data infrastructures. This aspect follows the concept of the e-Infrastructure Commons, where the user community is an integral part that is strongly engaged in the governance of the resources.

Existing and new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can provide the means to evaluate and assess qualitatively and quantitatively the data infrastructure, which is composed of various components and services from the underlying e-Infrastructures for research. The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has proposed a framework document that is foreseen to be used by EU-funded projects to develop an interface to provide indicator values for the evaluation and assessment of e-Infrastructures.

The session is organised by the e-IRG support project e-IRGSP5 and intended to present the KPI document and to discuss its approach with various stakeholders. The targeted audience are data practitioners and also data policy experienced RDA members.

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