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First Environment-related joint session for W&I Groups at the forthcoming P5

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    Dear chairs and members of the Marine Data Harmonization IG,
    During the previous RDA plenaries it gradually became obvious that the environment-related Interest and Working Groups share concerns and face similar challenges regarding the lifecycle of Life data.
    Many of our urgent societal challenges require the effective cross-fertilisation of people, data and processes across multiple biodiversity and environmental disciplines. In order to address these overarching challenges we will need to promote a targeted dialogue within existing fora and use these discussions to build the road-mapping documents that will drive our efforts in the years to come.
    RDA provides a unique opportunity, where existing Working and Interest Groups can talk on shared issues and identify common solutions. In this context we propose to organise a joint meeting of all key RDA Working and Interest Groups within the environmental cluster.
    The Biodiversity Data Integration (BDI) Interest Group proposed the organisation, for the first time, of a joint session between the following WG and IG, as an opportunity to enhance experience trasfer and improve coordination:
    – WG BioSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases in life sciences
    – WG Metadata Standards Directory
    – WG Wheat Data Interoperability
    – IG Agriculture Data Interoperability
    – IG Biodiversity Data Integration
    – IG ELIXIR Bridging Force
    – IG Geospatial
    – IG Marine Data Harmonization
    – IG Metadata
    We are happy to announce that this proposal was accepted by the RDA P5 organisers and we will have the opportunity to organise a 45 min plenary session, as a joint meeting of the above Groups.
    We see this as a unique opportunity to emphasise on environmental challenges and initiate a fruitfull dialogue between scientific and technological Groups within RDA.
    We would like to have 4 or 5 talks that will aim to touch one of the following topics (non-exchaustive list):
    1. Name services and their impact in bringing together heterogeneous data
    2. Common biodiversity/environmental metadata standards
    3. Bio-ontologies: Curation and integration challenges
    4. e-infrastructures interoperability and environmental service provision integration
    5. Integration of distributed e-infrastructures: Redundancy and complementarity issues
    I would also like to invite all the chairs of the Group to express their interest in co-chairing this session.
    Could you please send your suggestions by Thursday 22 Jan?
    Kind regards,

    Dr Dimitrios Koureas
    Biodiversity Data Integration Interest Group, Chair
    Biodiversity Information Standards-TDWG, Exec. member
    Dept of Life Sciences
    Natural History Museum London
    SW7 5BD, UK

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