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RDA directly and logically tackles numerous data infrastructure challenges through the work of its Working Groups, Interest Groups and Communities of Practice.

What's the difference?

Working Groups (WG)

WGs are short-term (18 months) and come together to develop and implement data infrastructure, which could be tools, policy, practices and products that are adopted and used by projects, organizations, and communities. Embedded within these groups are individuals who will use the infrastructure and help in making it broadly available to the public. Any RDA member can join or initiate a WG. 

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Interest Groups (IG)

IGs are open-ended in terms of longevity.  They focus on solving a specific data sharing problem and identifying what kind of infrastructure needs to be built.  These groups identify specific pieces of work and can start up a WG to tackle those projects. Any RDA member can join or initiate an IG.

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Communities of Practice (CoP)

CoPs investigate, discuss and provide knowledge and skills within a specific discipline and/or research domain. These groups are committed to directly or indirectly enabling data sharing, exchange and/or interoperability by serving as THE coordination focal point for RDA in specific disciplines/research domains. 

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WG Working Groups - IG Interest Groups - CoP Communities of Practice

02 May 2019
IG

Social Dynamics of Data Interoperability IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Rob Quick

Extensive work has been, and continues to be done on data interoperability at the technical and information domains. However, a large portion of the challenges in building interoperable information infrastructures are the result of the interplay between organisations, institutions, economics, and individuals.

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04 Jan 2019
IG

Social Science Research Data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Secretariat Liaison: 
enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org
TAB Liaison: 
Jeremy Geelen

We are proposing a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Data (SSHRD) Interest Group under the auspices of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), to foster diverse professional exchange on issues particular to data originating from the social sciences and humanities. 

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12 Jun 2017
IG

Software Source Code IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Secretariat Liaison: 
enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org
TAB Liaison: 
Gretchen Greene

Software source code plays a critical role in all fields of modern research, where source code is written and developed to address a variety of needs, like cleaning, processing and visualising data.

 

Software source code is a necessary component for research reproducibility and reusability. 

 

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07 Mar 2016
IG

Virtual Research Environment IG (VRE-IG)

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Secretariat Liaison: 
enquiries@rd-alliance.org
TAB Liaison: 
Dimitris Koureas

The vision of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is that “researchers and innovators openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society.” The Mission of RDA is that it “builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data.”

Increasingly researchers who are not co-located are seeking to work dynamically together at various scales from the local to global using the internet to share data, models, workflows, best practice, publications, management and administration of their research etc. The Virtual Research Environments Interest Group (VRE-IG) seeks to build the required technical bridges, skills and social communities that enable global sharing and processing of data across technologies, disciplines and countries through the creation of shared online virtual environments. As these individual VREs grow, inevitably they need to also connect with major national research infrastructures.

The goal of the VRE-IG is to identify the technical issues to and - where known - share solutions that enable online access to data required to address issues that can range from local challenges (which are also potentially of direct relevance to researchers in other geographical areas or other research domains), to the research grand challenges currently being faced by society on global issues, e.g., societal impacts of climate change; sustainable cities; and environmentally sensitive utilisation of the scarce resources of our planet.

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24 Jun 2021
CoP

IGAD Community of Practice

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
TAB Liaison: 
Devika Madalli

The Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) came to life in Gothenburg (Göteborg, Sweden) in 2013 at the beginning of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and has since grown to include over 260 registered members, from across continents. IGAD is a domain-oriented interest group working on all issues related to food and agricultural data. It represents stakeholders in managing data for food and agricultural research and innovation, including producing, aggregating and consuming data.

 

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