Mapping the Landscape IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 

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. The complexity of these online infrastructures require that they are built by much wider communities, through effective cooperation and governance, to enable new and innovative forms of interdisciplinary science from globally accessible data stores. 


Community efforts are springing up everywhere, both within and across many scientific domains. These communities have similar goals and host parallel working groups that support the mission of advancing scientific research through data interoperability. There is great diversity in the maturity of these organizations and it is clear that there is much to be learned from and with each other to improve coordination and avoid duplication of effort.


Scholarly communication defined by Sloan includes ‘engaging the emerging community of stakeholders and practitioners tackling similar issues’. The time is ripe for identifying the key communities and partnerships within the major scientific domains that are developing infrastructures that enable sharing and processing of scientific data and ‘mapping the landscape’ of these activities to further improve collaborations and partnerships, particularly those ‘umbrella’ alliances that are enabling interdisciplinary data sharing. 


Already mapping the landscape exercises are starting to be undertaken because the duplication is becoming increasingly obvious (if not embarrassingly so!). Of particular interest is a tool developed by Dawn Wright of ESRI that was used by EarthCube to map the location of, and types of communities within EarthCube (


This BoF is about establishing whether it is felt that there is a need to do a Mapping the Landscape exercise for the major data infrastructure building activities within and beyond RDA.


The BoF initially emerged at P8 through the discussion available here (see presentation files attached):


Past Plenaries:

11th Plenary Interest Group Berlin: Mapping Even More Landscapes: Examining More Tools and Supporting ‘Legends'

10th Plenary IG Montreal: Mapping the Landscape mini Summit: consolidated knowledge of all data organizations    
9th Plenary IG Barcelona: Formalising the Mapping of the Landscape Interest Group and Scoping Activities
8th Plenary BoF Denver:  Mapping the Landscape of Global Collaborations in Building Data Infrastructures   


Recent Activity

07 Nov 2017

RE: [rda-wg-ig-chairs][landscape-mapping][disciplinary-interoperability-framework-ig] RDA Webinar on "The Atlas of Knowledge: navigating the RDA’s activities" - Wednesday 9th November 2017, 12:00 UTC / 13:00 CET

Thank you for passing along this information. I am quite interested in the contents of this webinar and hope to sit in; however, it occurs at 5 am MST (and early mornings are not my forte).

Is anyone else from the Mapping the Landscape group available to attend, or will the webinar be recorded?
It sounds like a great opportunity to learn more about the AoK.


Rowena Davis
Project Coordinator
Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures and Data Management

Tel: + 520.621.2408

15 Jul 2017

RE: [rda-dft][landscape-mapping] FW: [rda-dft] Draft Agenda for DFT July Virtual Meeting

Thanks, Lynn, this could be really helpful. I’m happy to sit in on the meeting and see if any vocab/ideas should be considered for the MoL legend but I can’t figure out when it is… did I miss it? If I did, what is the best place to find notes?

Very best,

13 Jul 2017

FW: [rda-dft] Draft Agenda for DFT July Virtual Meeting

Hi Landscape Mappers,

The upcoming Data Foundations and Terminology group’s telecom agenda may be interesting to some of you? Details are below,

From: on behalf of Gary
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 9:34 AM
To: Data Foundations and Terminology IG
Subject: [rda-dft] Draft Agenda for DFT July Virtual Meeting

This will be our 2nd organizational Virtual Meeting planned to get ready for P10 in September whose objectives include:

22 May 2017

Re: [rda-biosharing-wg][landscape-mapping] FW: [rda-biosharing-wg] RDA Webinar Tuesday 23rd May, 14:00 CEST, 12 UTC - BioSharing WG output and registry

Thanks Lynn!!


Dawn Wright, Ph.D., GISP, Esri Chief Scientist

Esri | 380 New York Street | Redlands, CA 92373 | USA
T 909 793 2853 x2182 | | || @deepseadawn


On 5/22/17, 1:18 PM, " on behalf of yarmey" on behalf of> wrote:

Hi Landscape Mappers,

22 May 2017

FW: [rda-biosharing-wg] RDA Webinar Tuesday 23rd May, 14:00 CEST, 12 UTC - BioSharing WG output and registry

Hi Landscape Mappers,

Note the webinar from the BioSharing WG tomorrow discussing their ‘mapping the landscape of data standards’ activity.


From: on behalf of Pete McQuilton
Date: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:32 AM
To: ""
Subject: [rda-biosharing-wg] RDA Webinar Tuesday 23rd May, 14:00 CEST, 12 UTC - BioSharing WG output and registry

Dear WG members,

03 Apr 2017

Out of the Office Re: [landscape-mapping] Fwd: [landscape-mapping] Health Data IG mapping exercise

Hi there! Sorry to have missed you as I am away in Boston for the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting and a visit to UMass-Amherst. Email replies are more likely after I return to the office on Monday, April 10. Best wishes!…


Dawn Wright, Ph.D., GISP, Esri Chief Scientist

Esri | 380 New York Street | Redlands, CA 92373 | USA
T 909 793 2853 x2182 | | || @deepseadawn