Research Data Repository Interoperability WG


Group details

Chair (s): 
Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Ingrid Dillo
WGs Wrapping up (from ~12 months after RDA endorsement)


The Research Data Repository Interoperability Working Group will establish standards for interoperability between different research data repository platforms. These standards may include (but are not limited to) a generic API and import/export formats.

Initial Membership


Thomas Jejkal, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

David Wilcox, Duraspace, Canada


Colleen Fallaw, University of Illinois, USA

Stefan Funk, Goettingen State and University Library, Germany

Wolfram Horstmann, Goettingen State and University Library, Germany

Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Rick Johnson, University of Notre Dame, USA

John Kunze, California Digital Library, USA

Ralph Mueller-Pfefferkorn, Technical University Dresden, Germany

Robert Olendorf, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Ajinkya Prabhune, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Ulrich Schwardmann, Goettingen State and University Library, Germany

Adam Soroka, University of Virginia, USA

Rainer Stotzka, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Jared Whiklo, University of Manitoba, USA

Andrew Woods, Duraspace, USA

Recent Activity

12 Mar 2018

icat-bagit-tool demo

Dear all,
I just uploaded a demo for the icat-bagit-tool that shows exporting a
package from an ICAT, see [1]. The demo requires docker (and in
particular permission to access the docker demon) but is otherwise
completely self-contained. In particular, you don't need to install
anything. You should be able to clone the git repo, cd into the demo
directory and follow the instructions in the README.rst therein.
Please give it a try and let me know if it works for you.
Best regards,

28 Feb 2018

2018-02-07 RDRIWG Virtual Meeting

Using DataCite as a metadata standard

  • New use case that hasn’t come up before - mostly focused on DOI registration
  • Issues with datasets that don't have a DOI hasn’t come up before 
  • DOI requirement built into schema for DOI registration
  • Next update will occur at the end of the year
  • Could update schema to relax DOI requirement
    • This will take 6 months
  • Two options in the meantime
    • Fork the schema in the short term
    • Use the schema without validation

continue reading

13 Feb 2018

sample profile

Dear all,
I would like to draw your attention to some suggestions to the sample
profile, see the pull request on GitHub [1]. The reason is that I
would like to follow our own recommendation to reuse existing profiles
rather then to create new ones for the ICAT exporter tool. So, I
would like to use the sample profile right away. But I do have a few
issues with this profile.
Best regards,

31 Jan 2018

Announcement: Next Virtual Meeting

Dear all,
As David already pointed out, it seems to be time for another virtual meeting of our WG. The first issue that should be discussed are the latest findings regarding DataCite. If you like, you can follow the corresponding discussion at [1] and we should find a consensus on how we proceed. In any case, this decision should be made on the condition that the next plenary (where we have to present our final recommendations) is approaching. Due to this fact, it also seems to be a good time to check the current state of the early adoptions and the recommendations document [2].

04 Dec 2017

Meeting minutes and next steps

Dear all,
last Wednesday, the last virtual meeting of our WG for the time being took place. Please find the minutes at [1]. During the next weeks, probably until the end of January, we will work on the early adoption of our recommendations [2] and on completing the recommendations document itself. Currently, we have initial adopters for 4 platforms:
Stefan Funk – DARIAH Repository (import, maybe also export)
Rolf Krahl – ICAT (export)
David Wilcox – Fedora Repository (export, maybe also import)
Thomas Jejkal – KIT Data Manager (import and export)

28 Nov 2017

Reminder: Virtual Meeting Tomorrow

Dear all,
Tomorrow, at 14:00 UTC our next virtual meeting takes place. This will be the last meeting before entering the early adoption phase of the WG. This means, that during the next month(s) we’ll focus on the adoption of our recommendations [1] and on finalizing the document itself. Currently, we have four initial adopters planning to have a (prototypical) implementation for demonstration purposes available until P11. If anybody else also wants to contribute with an adoption of our recommendations for a particular platform, please feel free to join the meeting tomorrow.

20 Nov 2017

SWORDv3 and introductions

Hi Folks,
Just a quick message to introduce myself, as I've just joined the list this
morning. I'm Richard from Cottage Labs, and I'm working with Neil
Jefferies (Oxford) and Dom Fripp (Jisc) on a new version of the SWORD
protocol. There has been some discussion on our stakeholder list about
packaging formats, and the work of this group came up. I'm here to learn
from you, and to see what opportunities for re-using
ideas/semantics/formats there might be for SWORD. It would be great for us