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Research Data Scotland (RDS) Transition Board minutes: 6 May 2021

Published: 5 Oct 2021
Directorate:
Digital Directorate
Part of:
Economy, Public sector
Date of meeting: 6 May 2021

Minutes of the Research Data Scotland (RDS) Transition Board held on 6 May 2021.

Published:
5 Oct 2021
Research Data Scotland (RDS) Transition Board minutes: 6 May 2021

Attendees and apologies

Attending:

  • Roger Halliday - Chair
  • Carole Morris
  • Mark Parsons 
  • Alan Ferrier
  • Alessia Morris
  • Chris Dibben
  • Phil Couser
  • Pete Whitehouse
  • Angela Daly
  • David Crossman
  • Neil Rawlins – minute taker

Apologies:

  • Carol Sinclair
  • Corri Black
  • Jill Pell
  • Nicola Kerr
  • Emily Jefferson
  • Albert King

Items and actions

Summary of actions arising

  • send OBC, OBC summary and December IG Board paper to DC - NR
  • proceed with CKAN/DCAT proposition for the RDS metadata catalogue - NK
  • invite to be sent to Tom Barlow to join the RSH Working Group - NK
  • draft MVP for September to be circulated to Board members - AM
  • diagram to show IG pathway one and two to be circulated to Board - NR
  • approval to move forward with IG proposals including Comms plan - AM
  • update draft data strategy by correspondence - RH
  • invite for next Board meeting on Thursday 24 June at 1.30pm - NR

Meeting minutes 

Welcome and introductions

The Chief Scientist for SG was welcomed to the Board.

Action:

  • send OBC, OBC summary and December IG Board paper to DC

Previous minutes and actions - (papers A and B)

Update on progress and actions from the previous meeting: 

  • the MVP scheduled to be ready from September 2021
  • the Service Design workstream has been revived
  • HR legal advice has been received regarding staffing. There will be a small core staffing pool directly employed by RDS and other services and /or expertise will be procured. Recruitment of RDS interim staff has begun
  • conversations have begun with both Aberdeen and Glasgow universities regarding becoming members of RDS
  • a comms manager has still to be recruited

Agreed that a wider stakeholder group of RDS members beyond Universities is desirable to increase RDS reach across Scotland and beyond. SCADR suggested and agreed RDS serves a diverse sense of purpose. Discussion followed on RDS governance arrangements and potential candidates for the Chair role.

Progress reports - paper C to paper R (to note)

Comment and updates on the papers circulated previously:

  • Safe Researcher Training could be undertaken by RDS under DEA
  • expectation management of Day One launch in line with MVP. MVP will include Metadata and Data Catalogues (Paper R)
  • staffing and capacity building to be a focus of RDS

Actions:

  • proceed with CKAN/DCAT proposition for RDS metadata catalogue
  • invite to be sent to Tom Barlow to join the RSH Working Group
  • draft MVP for September to be circulated to Board members

Paper P – IG delivery plan

It was noted that there were two IG proposals hanging off RDS: IG Pathway One and IG Pathway Two. Both pathways include health data. Pathway One is a refinement of the existing processes and is purely about administrative simplification, although partners will need to provide short term expert resources to deliver. Pathway Two is more ambitious and is about improving access to de-identified data sets for research purposes. The next steps are to talk to the IG lead at PHS and the Caldicott Guardians and then a project to test. RDS will act as a broker and will not replace the existing data access panels, the intention is to speed up the process and reduce effort. It was noted public panels have looked at this proposal.

Actions:

  • diagram to show IG Pathway One and Two to be circulated to Board
  • approval to move forward with IG proposals including Comms plan  

Paper O – draft data strategy

The draft data strategy paper was outlined and comment and questions invited. It was noted:

  • commercial research was not elaborated upon
  • awareness of this data use needs to be raised, in particular for vulnerable communities
  • need to highlight the context of what opportunities are available nationally (ie UK wide or overseas)
  • the danger of parochialism was noted
  • that some studies should be showcased on the website

Action:

  • update draft data strategy by correspondence

AoB

There was no AoB

Next steps

Reports to be provided for the next Transition Board meeting:

  • service design
  • MVP
  • September launch/go live
  • FBC (by correspondence)

Date of next meeting and close 

Next meeting Thursday 24 June at 1.30pm

Action:

  • invite for next Board meeting on Thursday 24 June at 1.30pm to be circulated