IRiDiuM Glossary 2017 Working Group starts work



The new International Research Data Management glossary (IRiDiuM) had its working group (WG) kick-off meeting early in the 2017 New Year, on January 10. Twenty experts from eight countries (Austria, Canada, India, Malta, Netherlands, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States of America) are working on term definitions, building upon previous work done by Research Data Canada and CASRAI-CA in an online pilot glossary and 50 other references.

The IRiDiuM WG will review the 484 terms and definitions in the existing online pilot glossary. The WG will be revising a dozen or so of these, and plans to add approximately 90 new terms and definitions. The new IRiDiuM glossary is thus expected to contain approximately 577 terms and definitions.

IRiDiuM is a partnership of CASRAI, Research Data Canada, and CODATA - other national research-data partners are welcome! The new open and standard glossary is meant to be a practical trans-disciplinary reference for individuals, organizations, and working groups concerned with the improvement of research data and data management, and as a meeting place for further discussion and development of terms. The aim is to create a stable and sustainably governed glossary of community accepted terms and definitions, and to keep it relevant by maintaining it as a ‘living document’ that is updated when necessary. The IRiDiuM Glossary will be publicly available under a Creative Commons Attribution Only license (CC-BY).

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