Results of the IGAD Pre-Meeting RDA P7: adopting RDA outputs

Date & time: Tuesday 1st March - 11:30 - 13:00 - Working Meeting Session 1
The Agricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD) is a domain oriented interest group to work on all issues related to data important for the development of global agriculture. The interest group aims to represent all stakeholders producing, managing, aggregating, sharing and consuming data for agricultural research and innovation. This interest group aims to promote good practices in the research domain: data sharing policies, data management plan, data interoperability. The chief benefit is that the IG provides a platform to share experiences and paves the way for a number of domain specific working groups to make precise proposals for solution in specific areas. IGAD provides visibility to research and work in Agriculture Data as a platform to liaise and form actively involved groups that would work together to achieve data interoperability.
 
Till RDA Plenary 6 (P6) 
The IGAD Pre-Meeting took place on from 21st to 22nd of September 2015 in Paris (France) and focussed on a wide range of topics within the agricultural research data management area as a preparation for the RDA 6th Plenary Meeting. Around 50 people attended the pre-meeting, coming from universities, private companies, research institutions, international organizations and international projects. 

Outputs: participants concluded that 1.) awareness is crucial in particular towards open data repositories; 2.) to implement good data management policies; and 3.) promote existing tools and standards to facilitate data management. With successful use cases implemented by champions it may be easier to also motivate smaller players to revise their data management systems. Furthermore the linking between existing communities and initiatives was underlined in order to benefit from synergies and advocate for good data management. In this regard, the GODAN initiative could significantly support the community.

The results were presented at the plenary, more information at https://rd-alliance.org/group/agriculture-data-ig-igad/post/insights-agr...

The next meeting will take place in Tokyo (Japan) during the 7th RDA Plenary Meeting, and will present a chance to evaluate how the group has evolved during the last months, new developments and focus on research data management in agriculture in Asia. For that, and following the successful methodology applied at P6, we are organizing a pre-meeting to highlight and discuss in the context of open data and with special attention to rice research data.

In this pre-meeting we will dedicate about 1 and ½ days for intensive discussions and interactions. Towards this objective, it is proposed to organize four discussion groups around the following topics:

  1. Agricultural Data Interoperability (policies, tools, taxonomies, standards) 
  2. Increase data access and availability (formats, users)
  3. Advocacy for research data.
  4. Adoption of RDA outputs by the agricultural community (e.g. present existing RDA deliverables relevant to the Agricultural Research Community, discuss how to facilitate their uptake)
  5. Rice Research Data Interoperability
  6. Soil Research data Network
Plenary 7 (P7)

The conclusions of this pre-meeting will be brought to the 7 RDA Plenary Session IGAD Meeting during the Agricultural Data Interest Group Session by the chairs of each discussion group.

 
Meeting agenda
“Results of the IGAD Pre-Meeting RDA P7: adopting RDA outputs” (1:30”)

1. Summary of the first day of the pre-meeting

2. Panel session. Conclusions and results of the IGAD pre-meeting with 5 panelists:

2.1. Report about findings and conclusions of discussion groups from each chair:

• Agricultural Data Interoperability (policies, tools, taxonomies, standards) 
• Increase data access and availability (formats, users)
• Advocacy for research data.
• Adoption of RDA outputs by the agricultural community (e.g. present existing RDA deliverables relevant to the Agricultural Research Community, discuss how to facilitate their uptake)
• Rice Research Data Interoperability
• Soil Research data Network (working towards maximizing utilization of existing initiatives in soil research data)

2.2. Open discussion with the chairs of the pre-meeting discussions as panelists 

3. Wrap up 

• Policy makers on Data management in Agriculture,
• Government representatives, funders, representatives of international agencies – UN, EU etc
• Agriculture domain experts, researchers, academicians
• Data providers, data publishers
• Data managers, data mining experts, data analysts
• Librarians, data curators