Recent Activity: Research Data Collections WG

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 (

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.

12 Nov 2019

Deadline for P15 Group Session Submissions Fast Approaching

Dear Group Members, 

The deadline for group session submissions for Plenary 15 is 28 November 2019, midnight UTC – just two weeks away.

If your group is interested in submitting a session for a working group, interest group or joint meeting session, submissions will only be accepted from your group chairs, so be sure to coordinate with them to ensure proper communication of the submission.   

If you are a chair and submitting for a joint meeting session, all chairs involved in that joint session must be notified of the submission. 

29 Oct 2019

CODATA Data Science Journal Call For Papers: Research Data Alliance Results Special Collection

Dear members,

I’m writing on behalf of the editors of the CODATA data science journal special collection on RDA results.

I would like to recall the possibility to submit the outputs produced by this group for the special collection. 

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 will not be delivered during the maintenance period.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


RDA Team

31 Jul 2019

New Adoption of Collection API

Dear all,
this is an announcement of a new adoption of the Research Data Collections WG outputs. Our aim with this implementation is to provide a production-ready, general purpose Collection Service.
Our Collection Service covers all basic functionalities described in the final recommendations of the Data Collections WG, e.g.
Well-defined operations for collections and its members (create, read, update, delete).
Support for sub-collections.

22 Feb 2018

Research Data Collections in one slide

Dear all,
looking through past presentations, I did not find a good option that
displays very concisely in one slide what our group has achieved and
what the specification is all about. Based on our P10 outputs
presentation I've drafted a single slide, see attached. Comments welcome
- I want to put this on our entry page or link to it from our
recommendation page if possible.
Best, Tobias
Dr. Tobias Weigel
Abteilung Datenmanagement

02 Feb 2018

Data Collections WG breakout session at P11 in Berlin approved!

Dear all,
great news: our application for a breakout session at P11 in Berlin has been approved - see below for more information about the allocated time slot, as well as the preliminary agenda (included in the session application at the bottom of this message).
Best regards,
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To: Margareta Hellström
Subject: Re: Fwd: Form submission from: 11th Plenary Group Session Application Form - WG Research Data Collections

29 Aug 2017

Minutes from today's collection VC

Next meeting: F2F at P10
- Actual API spec is final and released after last minor changes
(renames, documentation)
- Most things we discussed during the call on the recommendations
document are already inserted/added on Github in the issues
- The P10 main session will be based on an extended version of the slide
set used for the outputs plenary presentation
- Output presentation notes:
-- Javier and possibly other adopters/implementors should send 1 slide
to Tobias

31 Jul 2017

summary of recent API changes

Hi all
I think we can consider the Collections API swagger spec frozen now.
I've tagged it as Release Candidate 1.0 (rc1.0.0)
As promised, here is a summary of recent changes (these are changes made
since P9):
You can see the details of these in the commit log:
Model Changes:
- a "*description*" property was added to the *MemberItem* object
- a "*dateUpdated*" property was added to

27 Jul 2017

Notes from collection WG call July 25

Next call: August 29 (recommendation review call)
Call on August 8 is cancelled.
Notes on recommendation/spec work in progress:
* If you have worked on an issue and want someone to review it, please
assign it to Tobias using GitHub - he will play the editor for it
o Bridget will be the editor for Tobias' issues
* Bridget: revised permissions section; worked on introduction and 2.1
- argued for why we did the capabilities stuff
o also: post to Fedora list
o will add a section on this

21 Jul 2017

looking for stakeholders for a Fedora implementation of the RDA Collections API

Dear list members,
We are approaching the close of our 18 month Research Data Alliance
working group effort to develop a general purpose API for working with
research data collections [1]. This work stemmed from a needed
expressed by several communities across disciplines to leverage
aggregations of objects with particular focus on building such
aggregations through PIDs and providing identifiers for aggregation
objects. Up until now there has been no unified, machine-actionable

12 Jul 2017

Notes from yesterday's call; next call on July 25 14:00 UTC

The next conference call will be on July 25. The call on Aug 8 is likely
to be canceled as multiple people are unavailable. August 29 will be our
review call for the recommendation package that should be ready on Aug 28.
Updates on action items from last meeting:
* Ulrich has added Collections Objects and Properties to the DTR. He
provided the PIDs in a separate mail. Due to the provisional nature
of the DTR and the late stage of the project, we probably don't have
time to incorporate this as part of the recommendation, but it

11 Jul 2017

Mapping properties to Data Type in DTR

as discussed, find enclosed the mappings of the collection property
description to Data Types in the DTR.
Mit freundlichem Gruss
Ulrich Schwardmann
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