In June 2017 the Data Stewards Interest Group (DSIG) was initiated by members of Leiden UMC, UMC Utrecht, and DTL. Initially the DSIG met every other month and was chaired by Daphne van Beek. The distinctive feature of this DSIG in comparison to other initiatives regarding data stewardship is the hands-on and solution-oriented approach for practical matters.
In September 2018, with Jasmin Böhmer (UMC Utrecht) taking over the chairing position for the DSIG, the approach and collaboration design were revised. The new approach included monthly virtual meetings of the task groups and face to face meetings every two months as DSIG.
With the popularity of the DSIG growing and steady participation numbers, from 2020 onwards, there are six virtual meetings over the year. To allow variety and include the various local activities on data stewardship, each meeting is organised and chaired by a different organisation. The DSIG is facilitated by Mijke Jetten (DTL/Health-RI).
As of May 2023, in a joint effort with the 3 Thematic Digital Competence Centres (TDCCs), DSIG has started to host domain specific meetings (LSH/NES/SSH), so more domain specific community questions and topics can be addressed. Hence, general meetings now alternate with domain specific meetings. For more information, see the meetings schedule.
An extra initiative are the topical/Special Interest Groups (SIG) that may result from the discussion in the DSIG meetings.
If you are curious to know more, take a look at Mijke Jetten’s presentation on Data Stewards Interest Group.