Research Data Collections WG


Group details

Bridget Almas, Frederik Baumgardt, Tobias Weigel, Tom Zastrow
Secretariat Liaison: 
Kathy Fontaine
TAB Liaison: 
Carole Palmer
Case Statement: 
WGs Wrapping up (from ~12 months after RDA endorsement)

Several communities have expressed interest in leveraging aggregations of objects with particular focus on building such aggregations through PIDs and possibly providing identifiers for aggregation objects. There is however no unified cross-community approach to building and managing such collections and no common model for understanding them. The PID Information Types WG has defined a core model and the central interface for accessing object state information and provided a small number of example types, which were consequently registered in the Type Registry WG prototype. With these tools available to describe essential object information, collections can be described so to be able to deal with more than a single object at once.

Building collections within diverse domains and then sharing or expanding them across disciplines should enable common tools for end-users and e-infrastructure providers. Individual disciplinary communities can directly benefit if such tools are made widely available, and cross-community data sharing can benefit from increased unification between collection models and implementations. PID providers may benefit from marketing additional services on collections.

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Recent Activity

29 Aug 2017

Minutes from today's collection VC

Next meeting: F2F at P10
- Actual API spec is final and released after last minor changes
(renames, documentation)
- Most things we discussed during the call on the recommendations
document are already inserted/added on Github in the issues
- The P10 main session will be based on an extended version of the slide
set used for the outputs plenary presentation
- Output presentation notes:
-- Javier and possibly other adopters/implementors should send 1 slide
to Tobias

31 Jul 2017

summary of recent API changes

Hi all
I think we can consider the Collections API swagger spec frozen now.
I've tagged it as Release Candidate 1.0 (rc1.0.0)
As promised, here is a summary of recent changes (these are changes made
since P9):
You can see the details of these in the commit log:
Model Changes:
- a "*description*" property was added to the *MemberItem* object
- a "*dateUpdated*" property was added to

27 Jul 2017

Notes from collection WG call July 25

Next call: August 29 (recommendation review call)
Call on August 8 is cancelled.
Notes on recommendation/spec work in progress:
* If you have worked on an issue and want someone to review it, please
assign it to Tobias using GitHub - he will play the editor for it
o Bridget will be the editor for Tobias' issues
* Bridget: revised permissions section; worked on introduction and 2.1
- argued for why we did the capabilities stuff
o also: post to Fedora list
o will add a section on this

21 Jul 2017

looking for stakeholders for a Fedora implementation of the RDA Collections API

Dear list members,
We are approaching the close of our 18 month Research Data Alliance
working group effort to develop a general purpose API for working with
research data collections [1]. This work stemmed from a needed
expressed by several communities across disciplines to leverage
aggregations of objects with particular focus on building such
aggregations through PIDs and providing identifiers for aggregation
objects. Up until now there has been no unified, machine-actionable

12 Jul 2017

Notes from yesterday's call; next call on July 25 14:00 UTC

The next conference call will be on July 25. The call on Aug 8 is likely
to be canceled as multiple people are unavailable. August 29 will be our
review call for the recommendation package that should be ready on Aug 28.
Updates on action items from last meeting:
* Ulrich has added Collections Objects and Properties to the DTR. He
provided the PIDs in a separate mail. Due to the provisional nature
of the DTR and the late stage of the project, we probably don't have
time to incorporate this as part of the recommendation, but it

11 Jul 2017

Mapping properties to Data Type in DTR

as discussed, find enclosed the mappings of the collection property
description to Data Types in the DTR.
Mit freundlichem Gruss
Ulrich Schwardmann
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