Research data needs of the Photon and Neutron Science community IG


Group details

Case Statement: 
IG Established

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.  

These facilities are characterised by a central facility providing access to scarce and specialised instruments which are typically beyond the means of single research groups, and are thus shared and used by many research teams to conduct experiments.  These experiments come from a wide range of disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, biology, metallurgy, engineering, materials science, palaeontology and archaeology. The user communities are rather heterogeneous, volatile and globally distributed. Issues to be tackled are hence bound to be global and interdisciplinary requiring a decent level of standardization and interoperability. 

Recent Activity

24 Jun 2019

Plenary 14 Session Submission Deadline Is Thursday!

With Plenary 14 (P14) scheduled to occur from October 23-25, the deadline for session submission is this Thursday, 27 June at 16:00 UTC.

Submissions for meeting sessions are open to working groups, interest groups, joint groups and birds of feather (BoF) meetings.

Please note, however, submissions are accepted from group chairs only. If you submit a session request for a group, please notify the other chairs of that group.

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open!

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.


24 Jan 2019

Approaches to FAIR data publishing within Large-Scale Analytic Facilities - P13 Session Accepted

Dear Working/Interest Group members,

Congratulations! Your session application - Approaches to FAIR data publishing within Large-Scale Analytic Facilities - has been approved and will appear in the RDA Plenary 13 Programme. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.

05 Dec 2018

PaNSIG @ RDA plenary 13 in Philadelphia, US?

Dear all,
I recently had a chat with Frank Schlünzen about PaNSIG: I believe,
there is some room for new activities. On the one hand, there are
some things going on in other RDA groups that might be of interest for
the PaN community, namely:
* Persistent Identification of Instruments WG
This group seeks to explore a community-driven solution for globally
unique identification of active instruments in the sciences. At the
last plenary P12 the group presented a first draft of a meta data

23 Jan 2018

PaNSIG @ RDA plenary 11 in Berlin

Hi all,
the next RDA Plenary Meeting will take place in March 2018 in Berlin.
We took the opportunity to organize a collocated workshop on
Scientific Data Management for Photon and Neutron Facilities.
The workshop will be on
19th and 20th March 2018
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
in Berlin.
For more details, see the workshop page at

13 Feb 2017

PaNSIG at RDA 9th Plenary?

Hi Folks,
RDA 9th Plenary in Barcelona is approaching. Will there be a PaNSIG
session? In Denver, we discussed the idea to take the opportunity
that Alba is just round the corner, so we might have some extra PaNSIG
event next to the plenary. Is anything going to happen in that
Best regards,
Rolf Krahl <***@***.***>
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
Albert-Einstein-Str. 15, 12489 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 8062 12122