Recent Activity: Data Foundations and Terminology IG

06 Dec 2019

RDA Plenary 15 Announcements - Registration and Calls for Co-located Events and Posters Now Open


RDA is excited to announce several important pieces of information related to RDA Plenary 15: Data for Real-World Impact, which will be held from 18-20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, MCEC (   This event will be hosted by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) with the support of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).

28 Nov 2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

Dear RDA members, 


RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020 


The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC.

04 Sep 2019

RDA website unavailable due to maintenance on 4 and 5 September 2019

Dear RDA members,


The following message is to inform you that RDA website is scheduled for a technical maintenance from today 4 September at 10:00 UTC until tomorrow 5 September at 10:00 UTC.

Messages sent to RDA Group mailing lists may not be delivered during the maintenance period.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


RDA Team

05 Aug 2019

Moving TeD-T

Dear all,
Soon, we will move the TeD-T platform to a new (cloud based) platform
here at MPCDF. Transition should be smooth and we expect no downtime,
but just to make sure that we are not forgetting anything, please let me
know if you are planing changes in the next days. Once the platform is
moved, it can be used as usual.
Best regards,
Dr. Thomas Zastrow
Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF)
Gießenbachstr. 2, D-85748 Garching bei München, Germany
Tel +49-89-3299-1457

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.

17 May 2019

Open position: Computational Scientist (m/f/d) - Monheim (Germany)

(apologies for cross-posting)
Dear colleague,
We are looking for a 'computational scientist' with the following profile:
* Scientific master degree in bioinformatics or similar
* Experience in building and maintaining (bio-)ontologies as well as in
automatizing ontology maintenance tasks (e.g. using scripts)
* Experience/exposure with master data management (data stewardship and
governance) and with biological data integration as well as algorithms
design and implementation

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.


08 Apr 2019

Draft notes from DFT meeting at P13

Some draft notes have been added to the google doc used at the Plenary.


People who attended should fill in the sheet and add their notes as requested at the meeting.

There were a few action items on adding terms and explaining the intent of the term tool.

We expect to act on these in the next few weeks,

29 Mar 2019

DFT Vocabulary 4.0 "Philadelphia"

Dear all,
Just in time for the next RDA plenary, I created another version of our
DFT vocabulary:
DFT Vocabulary Version 4.0, "Philadelphia"
You can find it here as HTML as well as PDF:
Please note, the PID is already assigned to the data but not registered
in the Handle system, this will happen as soon as possible.
I wish you all a nice plenary,
Dr. Thomas Zastrow

24 Jan 2019

Best Practices for \Data Foundations and Terminology (DFT) IG - P13 Session Accepted

Dear Working/Interest Group members,

Congratulations! Your session application - Best Practices for \Data Foundations and Terminology (DFT) IG - has been approved and will appear in the RDA Plenary 13 Programme. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.

05 Nov 2018

TeD-T vocabulary version 3.0: now also as PDF

Dear all,
The current version 3.0 of the TedD vocabulary can now also be
downloaded as PDF (more than 300 pages!):
Best regards,
Dr. Thomas Zastrow
Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF)
Gießenbachstr. 2, D-85748 Garching bei München, Germany
Tel +49-89-3299-1457

30 Oct 2018

DFT Vocabulary 3.0 "Gaborone"

Dear all,
As always, in preparation of the next RDA plenary, here is now another
stable version of the DFT vocabulary - version 3.0 "Gaborone":
A PID is assigned:
So the whole thing can be resolved:
And part identifier are also working:

30 Oct 2018

2 page summary of DFT IG and an outline of agenda for P12 session

As a prepartation for out IG session at P12 we have slightly updated our 2 page summary of Data Foundations and Terminology.  New commers to our

session can read this as background to our work and topics.

An outine of the Working Agenda for our session is currently as follows: