Invitation to contribute to the RDA biodiversity breakout sessions

02 Sep 2014

Dear Biodiversity Data Integration IG members,
As you know we are closing rapidly to the next RDA plenary in Amsterdam. The Biodiversity Data Integration Interest Group has secured two breakout sessions to run (one at the beginning of the plenary Monday 22 Sept 2014, 11.00 - 12.30 and one at the end Wednesday 24 Sept 2014, 9.00 - 10.30).
The IG is at pivotal point where we need to identify its exact role within the RDA infrastructure as well as its usefulness within the wider biodiversity informatics landscape.
One of the main issues of criticism for the entire RDA structure is the redundancy observed across the activities of WG and interests of the different IGs. Given this challenge, the Biodiversity Data IG will need to identify areas that complement and cross-cut the work of other RDA IGs and address challenges unique to our domain.
Our overarching goals for this RDA plenary are:
1. Identify areas of activities within the RDA and wider biodiversity informatics landscape
2. Monitor work done under relevant IGs and report back to the second session
3. Propose the formulation of at least one RDA Working Group (WG) to address specific challenges
We invite you to give a high-level presentation summarising the critical issues on the following agenda points and suggest course of actions.
Presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes. We expect to have at least one presentation for each of the issues below, giving us time for discussion on each one.
- Identification of topics related to the RDA Biodiversity IG, which could contribute to the sharing of best practices and innovations across disciplines and the definition of "building blocks" of common global data infrastructures. Discussion of associated tasks and participations of BDI IG members at the fourth plenary meeting.
- Identification of cross-cutting activity areas and collaborations with intersecting domain specific RDA IGs/WGs, like the Marine Data Harmonisation IG, CODATA IG on Legal Interoperability WG, Agricultural Data Interoperability IG, Wheat data Interoperability WG.
- Identification of cross-cutting activity areas and collaborations with intersecting technical specific RDA IGs/WGs, like the Research Data Provenance IG, Persistent Identifiers IG, Big Data Analytics IG, Rescuing Heritage Data, Publishing Data IG, Data Foundation and Terminology WG.
- Identification of potential RDA BDI 'Working Groups' to accelerate the progress in a concrete way with the overarching goal of increasing data-driven innovations, like a next generation of name resolution services, sophisticated vocabulary services and advanced routines for data annotation.
- Identification of relevant best practice issues, like the standardisation and integration of web services for e-Science application (VREs, e-Labs), a roadmap on further optimising linked open-data research, and the optimisation of text mining routines for data discovery
You can see the agenda of the two breakout sessions at
Please reply to ***@***.*** by Sep 8 indicating your interest or if you'd like to propose specific changes to the Agenda prior to the meeting.
On behalf of the BDI IG chair
Kind regards,
Dr Dimitrios Koureas
Dept of Life Sciences | Biodiversity Informatics Group
The Natural History Museum London
+44 (0) 207 942 5244

  • Arturo H. Ariño's picture

    Author: Arturo H. Ariño

    Date: 12 Sep, 2014

    Dear Dimitris,
    While I do not think I can really give a presentation (I'm still in
    "observer" mode within RDA, trying to get my bearings), one particular
    cross-issue that strongly interests me is the heap of atomized chunks of
    biodiversity information lying scattered in a zillion files generated
    during students' assignments and like works. This will hopefully be covered
    by the Long Tail IG too (I think you're also there) and therefore I plan to
    juggle both breakouts, and see what can be distilled from one IG into the
    A second issue that has been brought to me by some interested parties is
    the potential role (or stakeholding?) of LifeWatch. Perhaps that might also
    emerge during the discussions.
    Other than that, I'll try to contribute to the general discussion and tasks.
    Incidentally, I plan to be roaming the galleries at NHM on Saturday,
    whiling away a day-long Heathrow stopover en route to Delhi. Should you
    happen to be there I'd be happy to invite you to a coffee break or lunch.
    Otherwise see you in Amsterdam the other week.
    Arturo H. Ariño, PhD – ***@***.*** – PGPID: 0xFE08ED42
    Professor, UNAV | Vice-Chair, GBIF
    Science Committee | Lecturer, UNED

    Head, Dept. Environmental Biology
    | Director, Museum of Natural Sciences
    University of Navarra , E-31080 Pamplona, Spain, EU
    (+34) 948425600x806296 -
    2014-09-02 11:45 GMT+02:00 dkoureas <***@***.***>:

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