GEDE - Group of European Data Experts in RDA

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Group details

 

 

The aim of the Group of European Data Experts in RDA (GEDE-RDA) is to promote, foster and drive the discussions and consensus forming on creating guidelines, core components and concrete data fabric configuration building based on a bottom-up process. To achieve these goals GEDE-RDA is composed of a group of European data professionals appointed by invitation from various European Research Infrastructures and some specialists from the Research Data Alliance. The core group includes delegates from 47 European research infrastructures. The chairs from ESFRI and eIRG agreed to take an observation role. GEDE-RDA operates within the global RDA framework thereby guaranteeing that the discussions are openly communicated and publicly accessible to the global community of experts. GEDE-RDA was established and supported by the third RDA Europe Project from 2016 on and has in summer 2018 received clear statements that also the fourth RDA Europe will continue to support its work. The support for GEDE will be managed through the Vision & Values Company in Brussels. The three co-chairs agreed to continue their work.

In its first phase, GEDE developed a charter that describes its mission and a procedure document that describes how GEDE-RDA will operate.

Its first activity was to steer a broad discussion about "Persistent identifiers” (PIDs). Through virtual and physical GEDE meetings and RDA plenary sessions, we converged to the document "Persistent identifiers: Consolidated assertion which was published in November 2017 and deposited in Zenodo (https://zenodo.org/record/1116189). This document was discussed and written by appointed and interested data practitioners from the participating research infrastructures and finally endorsed by the GEDE Core group. Currently it is being evaluated to also become a supported document by RDA. Creating this comprehensive PIDs document required much effort. It was indeed concluded that, in such an initiative based on volunteer work of experts (already loaded by their tasks in the research infrastructure projects) the procedures should be light-weighted for becoming more effective. This should also allow GEDE to work in parallel on larger variety of topics.

After a break, where it was not clear whether the GEDE work can be continued within the fourth RDA Europe project, a survey was launched during the RDA Plenary 11th to find out which other topics would have been of interest. From the results from this survey GEDE decided to focus its efforts on:

  1. The concept of Digital Objects (DO) seems to be of great interest for many experts in the research infrastructures and received support from about 130 interested experts. Recently, a first workshop was held in Brussels with about 55 participants. For more information see here.
  2. The ways we are Citing Data are quite heterogeneous which is confusing for practitioners. For more information see here.
  3. The role and function of Digital Repositories has not yet been defined on a broad basis although their crucial relevance is even pointed out by the EOSC Declaration. For more information see here.
  4.  Blockchain technology is widely being discussed and its usefulness for research and its functional limits need clarification. For more information see here.

Therefore GEDE-RDA decided to start working on these four topic groups from September 2018 on. Short descriptions can be found on the subpages (see above). The GEDE DO subgroup is already planning its first face-to-face meeting at 26.9.2018 (also supporting remote participation) in Brussels with Robert Kahn, one of the two founders of the Internet, as keynote speaker and several speakers from research infrastructures talking about the potential impact of the DO concept for their research. Details about the workshop can be found at the DO sub-page (see above).

We would like to ask all experts interested, in particular from the GEDE member research infrastructures, to register their interest with one or more of these groups with Zsuzsanna (zsuzsanna.szeredi@gmail.com). To not mix up with the usual RDA activities we manage per group separate email lists, nevertheless make all documents transparent within RDA.

In case of questions about GEDE activities, please contact Zsuzsanna (zsuzsanna.szeredi@gmail.com).

Membership for this group is on invitation only. For the GEDE interaction a separate email list will be used. All essential communications and notes will be open for RDA members.

Formal responsibility for the GEDE work has been taken over by Vision & Values. Administrative actions will be taken care of by Zsuzsanna Szeredi (zsuzsanna.szeredi@gmail.com). Three core-chairs will be respnsible to organise the content work: Margareta (Maggie) Hellström, Carlo Maria Zwölf and Peter Wittenburg. In case of questions & comments, please contact Zsuzsanna.

Maggie, Carlo, Zsuzsanna & Peter

 

GEDE-RDA members

We are currently in a phase of updating the members list, since many more are active in the GEDE DO topic group and some names seem to be outdated.

Abroshan, Hossein 

ESS - Social

Abroshan, Hossein 

SERISS

Asmi, Ari

ENVRI Plus

Baldauf, Carsten

NOMAD

Bastl, Pavel

ELI

Berry, Simon

SKA

Boiten, Jan-Willem 

Lygature, EATRIS

Bosschaerts, Maria Helena 

MIRRI

Boulanger, Damien 

IAGOS

Brazma,  Alvis

EURO-BIOIMAGING

Brookes, Anthony J. 

BBMRI

Budich, Reinhard

ENES

Ciubancan, Mihai

ELI

Couvreur, Danielle

MYRRHA/ SCK CEN

De Smedt, Koenraad

CLARIN

de Vos, Marco 

Asterics

Degl'Innocenti, Emiliano 

DARIAH

Deneudt, Klaas

VLIZ

Deneudt, Klaas 

EMBRC

Emery, Tom

NIDI

Gabrielle von Voigt

e-IRG

Gaizer, Tamas 

ELI

Godøy, Øystein

SIOS

Gonzales, Juan Miguel

LifeWatch

Götz, Andrew

ESRF

Graf, Kay

KM3NeT

Gülzow, Volker

EUCALL

Hagen, Mark 

ESS

Häggström, Ingemar

EISCAT 

Hausstein, Brigitte

CESSDA

Hellström, Margareta 

ICOS

Hoebeke, Mark 

 

Holub, Petr

BBMRI

Hooft, Rob

ELIXIR

Horstmann, Wolfram

LIBER

Jan Hrusak

ESFRI 

Jeffery, Keith

EPOS

Juty, Nick 

ELIXIR

Kohler, Manfred

EU-OPENSCREEN

Kollegger, Thorsten

FAIR

Koureas, Dimitris 

DiSCCo

Kuchinke, Wolfgang

ECRIN

Lautenschlager, Michael

ENES

Leida, Anna 

ELIXIR

Loubrieu, Thomas 

EURO-ARGO

Mertens, Mike

DARIAH

Milanesi, Luciano 

ELIXIR/BBMRI

Myhre, Cathrine Lund  

ACTRIS

Nardello, Ilaria

EMBRC

Nazaret Bello, Gonzalez 

EST

Neveu, Pascal

EMPHASIS

Niccoloucci, Franco

PARTHENOS

Niessen, Wiro

EURO-BIOIMAGING

NN

HBP

Padfield, Joseph 

DARIAH

Peterseil, Johannes

LTER

Peterseil, Johannes 

eLTER

Pezzati, Luca 

E-RIHS

Pichot, Christian

AnaEE

Pina, Mery 

EMBRIC

Pommier, Cyril

AGRO

Rădvan, Roxana

COST

Ritz, Raphael 

NOMAD

Romary, Laurent 

DARIAH

Ropret, Polona 

 

Rosato, Antonio

INSTRUCT

Ruzicka, Michal

BBMRI-ERIC

Sansone,  Susanna-Assunta

ELIXIR

Schlünzen, Frank

EUCALL

Sezerman, Osman Ugur 

BBMRI

Sorvari, Sanna

ACTRIS

Stackebrandt, Erko 

MIRRI

Sverker Holmgren

Nordic e-science/data science

Swedlow, Jason 

EURO-BIOIMAGING

Thiel, Carsten

CESSDA

Usadel, Björn

EMPHASIS

Vaas, Lea 

EU-OPENSCREEN

van Breukelen, Martin

EMFL

van Enckevort, David 

BBMRI

van Uytvanck, Dieter

CLARIN

Weigel, Tobias

ENES

Wittenburg, Peter

NOMAD

Zappa, Giovanna 

ENEA

Zappa, Giovanna 

METROFOOD

Zwölf, Carlo Maria

VAMDC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observers

Name Initiative
Jan Hrusak ESFRI (chair)
Gabrielle von Voigt e-IRG (chair)
Sverker Holmgren Nordic e-science/data science

 

 



Recent Activity

13 Oct 2018

GEDE Blockchain Topic Group

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There is lots of interest in this technology and there are lots of publications on BCT - many of them simply being PR. As a consequence there are many assumptions not based on facts. Thus topic group wants to discuss possible application scenarios in science.

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13 Oct 2018

GEDE Citation Topic Group

The identification and subsequent citation of data has become crucial for the implementation of the FAIR principles and for safeguarding the reproducibility of scientific processes in the data-driven science era. However the data-citation landscape is highly fragmented, with several, sometimes diverging best-practices whitepapers produced by different communities and/or datacentres. 

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