RDA Working on

RDA is a pragmatic and agile organization, and through the work of its Working and Interest Groups, directly and logically tackles numerous data infrastructure challenges.

Any RDA member may initiate or join a Working or Interest group.  To become a member of the RDA, individuals should register with the RDA online community and affirm their support for the RDA Guiding Principles.

 

Working Groups & Interest Groups: what's the difference?

Working Groups

Working Groups are short-term (18 months) and come together to develop and implement data infrastructure, which could be tools, policy, practices and products that are adopted and used by projects, organizations, and communities. Embedded within these groups are individuals who will use the infrastructure and help in making it broadly available to the public.

As of August 2017, RDA boasts 30 working groups.

View the current listing of Working Groups>> 

Interest Groups

Interest groups are open-ended in terms of longevity.  They focus on solving a specific data sharing problem and identifying what kind of infrastructure needs to be built.  Interest Groups can identify specific pieces of work and start up a Working Group to tackle those.;

As of August 2017, RDA boasts 58 interest groups.


View the current listing of Interest Groups >>
 


Many of our members propose Birds of a Feather Meetings at the bi-annual RDA Plenary Meetings to gauge interest and gather momentum and consensus for the creation of Working & Interest Groups.

WG Working Groups - IG Interest Groups

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Education and Training on handling of research data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Yuri Demchenko, Laura Molloy, Amy Nurnberger, vacant

The context of increasing volumes of data being created by researchers and the strengthening of requirements for research data management and data sharing has created demand for a new and evolving set of competencies and skills for researchers who create and use the data, and the growing cadre of professionals who support them.

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ELIXIR Bridging Force IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Bengt Persson, Carole Goble, Rob Hooft

Life sciences are becoming increasingly more data intensive, especially resulting from the huge improvements in large-scale gene sequencing and other “omics” techniques. There is need for large-scale sustainable data storage methods allowing secure and easy access to these highly complex data. Simultaneously, since life science research projects increasingly depend on more than one type of measurement, there is a wide–felt need for integrating data of different types.

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Ethics and Social Aspects of Data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Kalpana Shankar, Candice Lanius, Oya Deniz Beyan

Ethical and social issues with respect to data archiving, sharing, and reuse cut across many of the technical and policy work of the rest of the RDA.  Such issues are complementary to but separate from legal and regulatory aspects, since technology usually outpaces law and law itself is underpinned by ethical agreements and social contracts.

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Federated Identity Management IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

A strategic element to maintaining a competitive advantage in research is by focussing energies in areas of innovation, which is facilitated by sharing of resources and support of inter-disciplinary collaborations at the national and international levels. The primary impediment to this resource sharing and collaboration is the lack of an effective FIM (Federated Identity Management) ecosystem.

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Geospatial IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Suchith Anand, Peter Baumann, Luciene Delazari, Andrea Perego, Chris Pettit

The Geospatial Interest Group is a domain oriented interest group to coordinate and build synergies on topics related to geospatial data.

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Global Water Information IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Ilya Zaslavsky, Sylvain Grellet, Tony Boston, Matthew Fry
Secretariat Liaison: 
Kathy Fontaine
TAB Liaison: 
Larry Lannom

The proposed Global Water Information Interest Group (GWIIG) will serve as a platform leading to formation of RDA working group; as a venue for communication among RDA WGs and IGs focused on both technical eInfrastructure aspects (e.g. brokering; metadata and catalogs, dynamic data citation) and on related research domains (e.g. geosciences, agriculture, biodiversity); and as a coordination mechanism across a wide group of water information stakeholders, in particular those not previously involved in the OGC/WMO water standardization work.

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Health Data

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Yannis Ioannidis, Anthony Chang, Edwin Morley-Fletcher
Secretariat Liaison: 
Fotis Karagiannis
TAB Liaison: 
Rainer Stotzka

The proposed Interest Group on “Health Data” (HD-IG) is a long-term initiative in the framework of RDA. It follows a rather successful BoF Session during the 6th RDA Plenary Meeting in Paris, which was attended by over 35 researchers and professionals from diverse backgrounds, who discussed several relevant issues, expressed significant interest in forming the proposed Interest Group, and helped shape its focus as presented here.

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International Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Stephanie Carroll Rainie, Tahu Kukutai, Maggie Walter, Per Axelsson
Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Paul Uhlir

The call for Indigenous data sovereignty (ID-Sov) —the right of a nation to govern the collection, ownership, and application of its own data—has grown in intensity and scope over the past five years. To date three national-level Indigenous data sovereignty networks exist: Te Mana Raraunga - Maori Data Sovereignty Network, the United States Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN), and the Maiamnayri Wingara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Sovereignty Group in Australia. Similar initiatives are underway in Hawaii and Sweden.

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Libraries for Research Data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Michael Witt, Andi Ogier, Birgit Schmidt
TAB Liaison: 
Carole Palmer

Research Data have become a primary research asset that often requires continued access in the dynamic environment of mobile researchers, volatile repositories, transient products and short-lived standards. Libraries have looked after written research assets for centuries and now tackle the challenge of adapting their function to making data reliably accessible and re-usable.

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Linguistics Data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker, Lauren Gawne, Helene N. Andreassen
Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Ingrid Dillo

The Linguistics Data Interest Group plans to identify, prioritize, and get to work on data challenges across the Linguistics domain. As a first step, this new group will focus P10 time on developing the discipline-wide adoption of common standards for data citation and attribution, and to improve research data management training in the discipline.

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Long tail of research data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Kathleen Shearer, Wolfram Horstmann

Status: Recognised & Endorsed The aim of this Interest Group is to develop a set of good practices for managing research data archived in the university context as universities and research institutions are becoming increasingly interested in collecting and providing access to datasets produced at their institution that do not fall within the scope of other discipline-based, or government repositories.

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Mapping the Landscape IG

Status: 
In TAB review
Chair(s): 
Lesley Wyborn, Ari Asmi, Steve Diggs, Rowena Davis
Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Larry Lannom

The Internet now connects data, compute resources and software from globally distributed resources in real time. Where on planet Earth these resources are geographically located is irrelevant, but to enable online access to them, there is a rising need for programmatic access to both data, and to software to process data across institutional, domain and national boundaries. This requires the development of standardized machine-to-machine interfaces that can loosely couple data and software through agreed formats, interfaces, vocabularies and ontologies, preferably across multiple domains.

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Marine Data Harmonization IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Helen Glaves, Cyndy Chandler, Dawn Wright

Status: Recognised & Endorsed The objective of this working group is to promote the development of a common global framework for the management of marine data to address the impact of natural and man-made phenomena. Multi-disciplinary collaboration and large volumes of good quality interoperable data which can be easily located and accessed is required for this to support the development of this ecosystem based approach to marine research.

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Metadata IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Keith Jeffery, Rebecca Koskela, Alex Ball

Status: Recognised & Endorsed The Metadata IG will concern itself with all aspects of metadata for research data. In particular it will attempt to coordinate the efforts of the WGs concerned with metadata to produce a coherent approach to metadata covering metadata modalities of description, restriction, navigation, provenance, preservation and the use of metadata for the purposes discovery, contextualisation, validation, analytical processing, simulation, visualisation and interoperation. It will also liaise with the other WGs especially Data Foundation and Terminology, PIDs, Standardisation of data categories and codes and Data Citation. This IG activity relates to data management policies and plans of research organisations and researchers, and to policies and standards of research funders and of research communities which may or may not be official standards.

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National Data Services

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Mark Leggott, Adrian Burton
Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Ingrid Dillo

Given the increased value of research data as a national research asset, many countries are establishing national services to provide data services, coordination and support for research data storage, management, publication, reuse and sharing. The peers for such national data services are other national data services, and this interest group is intended as a peer support forum to exchange ideas and share experiences. The desired outcome is to increase efficiency for the individual operators of national data services and to promote a more coherent joined-up, informal federation cooperative of such services.

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PID IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

The pervasive use of persistent identifiers is seen as a foundational element in anchoring and referencing research data in an interoperable way. The purpose of the Persistent Identifier Interest Group is to synchronize identifier-related efforts, address important and emerging PID-related topics and coordinate activities, including appropriate RDA Working Groups, to practically solve PID-related issues from the engaged communities.

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Preservation e-Infrastructure IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
David Giaretta, Jamie Shiers, Ruth Duerr

Status: Recognised & Endorsed The aim of the Preservation e-Infrastructure Interest Group is to reach wide agreement on the e-Infrastructure services which are needed to help repositories to preserve their data holdings, to ensure the interoperability of service implementations, and to build trust of service providers.

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Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies

Status: 
In Group Revisions
Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Helen Glaves

The Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies (PTTP) IG provides a forum to bring together domain researchers, data and informatics experts, and policy specialists to discuss such issues as:

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Quality of Urban Life IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Chris Pettit, Massimo Craglia, Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Mark Fox
Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Devika Madalli

In 2007 the world’s population became more urban than rural according to the United Nations. Urban Quality of Life (QoL) is the general well-being of individual and societies living in cities. As there is a growing number of the world's population moving into cities there is increasing importance for the need for urban QoL indicators that can benchmark and enable comparative analysis in and between cities so that the social, environmental, economic and cultural dimensions can utlimately be improved.

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RDA/CODATA Legal Interoperability IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Robert Chen, Christoph Bruch, Simon Hodson, Gail Peretsman-Clement

Status: Recognised & Endorsed This Interest Group will define legal interoperability of research data and articulate why it is important for data interoperability and reuse. The group will analyse four case studies and establish best practices through which legal interoperability if research data can be achieved and adopted by stakeholders.

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RDA/CODATA Materials Data, Infrastructure & Interoperability IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
James A. Warren, Laura M. Bartolo

Status: Recognised & Endorsed The development of advanced materials inherently rests on access to a distributed materials infrastructure and materials research data to fuel discovery and innovation.Given the complementary missions the RDA IG and the CODATA TG will work together under the following statement in support of the exchange of material data.

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RDA/NISO Privacy Implications of Research Data Sets IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Todd Carpenter, Bonnie Tijerina, Libby Bishop, Freyja Vandenboom
Secretariat Liaison: 
Timea Biro
TAB Liaison: 
Ingrid Dillo

This IG starter out as a Working Group, to explore issues related to scientific research data sets that contains human subject information, as well as related datasets that have the potential to be combined in a way that can expose private information. The goal of the group is to develop a framework for how researchers and repositories should appropriately manage human-subject datasets, to develop a metadata set to describe the privacy-related aspects of research datasets, and to build awareness of the privacy implications of research data sharing.

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RDA/WDS Certification of Digital Repositories IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Michael Diepenbroek, Ingrid Dillo, Mustapha Mokrane

Status: Recognised & Endorsed Joint RDA/WDS Interest Group This Interest Group will build on previous work in the area of certification and deliver a global overview and a set of recommendations and requirements that allow the effective implementation of certification of digital repositories on a national, European and even global level.

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RDA/WDS Publishing Data Cost Recovery for Data Centres IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Anita de Waard, Ingrid Dillo, Simon Hodson

General services to publish data are not available and the necessary editorial process  leading to quality assured and efficiently usable data requires resources to be quantified. At present, there is an imbalance between the capacities and functionality of existing data  centres and data repositories and the global production of scientific data. Budgets of data centres generally cover a precise scope, mostly data production of the host institution.

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RDA/WDS Publishing Data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Todd Carpenter, Micheal Diepenbroek, Eefke Smit, Jonathan Tedds, Mustapha Mokrane

Status: Recognised & Endorsed Joint RDA/WDS IG The Publishing Data Interest Group brings together all stakeholders involved in publishing research data including researchers, discipline specific and institutional data repositories, academic publishers, funders and service providers.

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Repository Platforms for Research Data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Helen Glaves

Institutions, scientists, IT personnel, developers, data archivists and other members of the research data community often have to identify, choose, use, deploy, adapt, enhance, or develop the best possible repository platform to meet particular research data needs. To support that, the original charter of the Repository Platforms for Research Data Interest Group (RPRD IG), formed at RDA Plenary 5 in March 2015, was to "gather and analyze research data use cases in the context of repository platform requirements.

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Reproducibility IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Bernard Schutz, Victoria Stodden
Secretariat Liaison: 
Kathy Fontaine
TAB Liaison: 
Larry Lannom

This interest group seeks to advance and enable reproducibility in research based on or producing datasets. Our goals are to provide community based recommendations and infrastructure solutions, doing so in coordination with the other RDA Working and Interest Groups where appropriate.

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Research data needs of the Photon and Neutron Science community IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Amber Boehnlein, Brian Matthews, Frank Schlünzen, Thomas Proffen

Status: Recognized & Endorsed 

This Interest Group will focus on data related issues of science applications associated with large scale source facilities, including: synchrotron x-ray sources, free-electron laser x-ray sources, reactor and spallation neutron sources, muon sources, large electron microscope, NMR and high-powered laser facilities, which are used typically for investigations into the structure of matter at micro or nano scale.  

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Research Data Provenance

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
David Dubin, Nicholas Car

The Research Data Provenance Interest Group focuses on the comparison and evaluation of models for data provenance. It is concerned with questions of data origins, maintenance of identity through the data lifecycle, and how we account for data modification.

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Sharing Rewards and Credit (SHARC) IG

Status: 
In TAB review
Chair(s): 
Anne Cambon-Thomsen, Laurence Mabile, Laurent Dollé, Anne-Marie Tassé, Michele De Rosa, Jane Carpenter
Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Paul Uhlir

Short presentation of Sharing Rewards and Credit (SHARC) IG

SHARC is a currently forming interest group within RDA (Research Data Alliance).  It is seeking to unpack and improve crediting and rewarding mechanisms in the data/resources sharing process (see link to the previous Research Data Alliance BoF meeting here:

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Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Jane Wyngaard, Lindsay (Bar) Barbieri
Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Tobias Weigel

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are rapidly becoming important tools for data capture across many Scientific domains, as well as within commercial industry.  sUAS have the potential to transform how data are captured in many arenas by, offering higher temporal and spatial resolutions, with less impact on the environments being monitored, and access to new locations and parameters.

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Software Source Code IG

Status: 
In TAB review
Chair(s): 
Roberto Di Cosmo, Neil Chue Hong
Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Andrew Treloar

Software source code plays a critical role in all fields of modern research, where source code is written and developed to address a variety of needs, like cleaning, processing and visualising data.

 

Software source code is a necessary component for research reproducibility and reusability. 

 

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Structural Biology IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Lucia Banci, Chris Morris, Antonio Rosato

Status: Recognised & Endorsed This Interest Group will focus on Structural Biology which is concerned with the determination of the three-dimensional (3D) structures of individual biomacromolecules (proteins and nucleic acids), and with those of complexes and higher order structures formed by association of these individual components.

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Virtual Research Environment IG (VRE-IG)

Status: 
In TAB review
Chair(s): 
Helen Glaves, Keith Jeffery, Lesley Wyborn, Sandra Gesing
Secretariat Liaison: 
Timea Biro
TAB Liaison: 
Rainer Stotzka

Increasingly researchers who are not co-located are seeking to work dynamically together at various scales from the local to the international. These researchers want to share data, models, work flows, best practice etc. to address either local challenges which are also potentially of direct relevance to researchers in other geographical areas, or they have a shared interest in addressing a common issue such as the grand challenges currently being faced by society on a global scale e.g. climate change. Virtual research environments (VREs) are increasingly being used to support this more dynamic approach to collaborative working. This has led to a number of VRE projects such as VRE4EIC and EVER-EST in Europe, and the initiation of virtual laboratories in Australia and science gateways in the USA. However, at the present time, although these systems are seeking to share some of the same resources and common infrastructure services e.g. EUDAT, GEANT, etc., there is no coordination of the development of the underlying architecture that would allow these individual VREs to interoperate. The proposed VRE interest group would bring together those initiatives actively developing VREs, virtual laboratories and science gateways, along with the representatives of the common infrastructure services and the researchers seeking to make use of these technologies in an effort to identify the necessary technical aspects, governance issues and best practice required to support a more coordinated approach to the development of VREs.

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Vocabulary Services Interest Group

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Adam Shepherd, Simon Cox, Yann Le Franc, John Graybeal
Secretariat Liaison: 
Kathy Fontaine
TAB Liaison: 
Rainer Stotzka

The VSSIG is using a Slack Group: https://vocabulary-services.slack.com/ to continue the development of the workplan. All members of the VSSIG as of 2017-09-20 will have received invitations to join. If you join VSSIG after that date, please contact one of the chairs to get an invitations. 

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Weather, climate and air quality

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair(s): 
Pierre-Antoine Bretonnière, Francesco Benincasa
Secretariat Liaison: 
Timea Biro
TAB Liaison: 
Tobias Weigel

In a field where the amount and the data sources increase exponentially, it becomes critical to find efficient solutions at a community level to address problems such as storage, indexing, metadata, sharing, or analysis. The global objectives of this Interest Group will be to explore and discuss the challenges for management, efficient analysis and dissemination of large and diverse datasets generated by the weather, climate and air quality communities.

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