status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Carlo Maria Zwölf, Peter Wittenburg, Edit Herczog

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: [field_secretariat_liaison]


 

 

GEDE New Action

Canonical Workflow Frameworks for Science

CWFS

After the many discussions and meetings about EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) during the last year, which required much time and effort of those experts engaged in advanced data management activities, and still being restricted by COVID despite all video meetings, which slowed down our activities, we are now ready to restart our activities within GEDE. The restart is based on deep insights in what researchers in many research infrastructures (>60 across all disciplinaries) are actually doing in their "data labs". Those that were involved found a few paradoxes and we are working on a paper to describe our impressions properly. One of these paradoxes is that on the one hand almost all speak about FAIR and Open Science and recommend to follow the principles, but that on the other hand the actual practices did not change significantly during the last years.

Of course, researchers will only change practices if they can see a real benefit for their work and a certain degree of stability of the new methods being offered. Therefore, researchers were not interested in protocols such as TCP/IP, for example, but were happy to use new possibilities that were enabled by the Internet after some years of stabilisation. The GEDE community worked hard on the concept of Digital Objects which were extended to FAIR Digital Objects recently in collaboration with RDA Data Fabric, GOFAIR, some ESFRI communities, DONA and CNRI with thre result that we have now achieved a good insight of its capabilities and the remaining challenges to be addressed. But it would be wrong to expect researchers' immediate interests. This will only emerge if there are clear benefits provided by more efficient methods and new features including a chance to improve long term persistency.

We therefore need to take the next step with more emphasis and work on "reference installations", on "sizable testbeds" and on tools that would help the individual researcher to effectively improve his/her work without noticing that we are creating FAIR compliant Digital Objects and thus helping to overcome some of these huge inefficiencies in data-intensive science. In this realm another paradoxe which we observed is of interest. Although many re-occuring patterns can be identified and although many different types of technical workflow frameworks are out there (CWL, Taverna, Jupyter, etc.), they are hardly being used and if only in fragmentary ways.

Therefore, we decided to start a new track within GEDE which we call "Canonical Workflow Frameworks for Science". The goal is not to create yet another technical workflow language or framework, but to focus on the scientific needs and steps. We need first to understand in much detail which kind of features such scientifically motivated frameworks should have to be of real help to researchers and how abstractions can be made to come to tools that can be used across-disciplinary boundaries. We are aware of the fact that this is not a trivial enterprise. Until now a group of 40 experts from across many disciplines and countries have indicated their interest in this work. More can be expected in the coming months. If you are interested about more details contact Peter Wittenburg (peter.wittenburg@mpcdf.mpg.de).

 
   

All work that has been carried out by GEDE in the last years is being documented on the GEDE-Github site:

https://github.com/GEDE-RDA-Europe/GEDE

We should note that the small financial support we received from RDA Europe stopped in spring 2020.

Editor: Peter Wittenburg, October 2020


 

 


The aim of the Group of European Data Experts in RDA (GEDE-RDA) is to promote, foster and drive the discussions and consensus forming on creating guidelines, core components and concrete data fabric configuration building based on a bottom-up process. To achieve these goals GEDE-RDA is composed of a group of European data professionals appointed by invitation from various European Research Infrastructures and some specialists from the Research Data Alliance. The core group includes delegates from 47 European research infrastructures. The chairs from ESFRI and eIRG agreed to take an observation role. GEDE-RDA operates within the global RDA framework thereby guaranteeing that the discussions are openly communicated and publicly accessible to the global community of experts. GEDE-RDA was established and supported by the third RDA Europe Project from 2016 on and also received funding from RDA Europe IV which stopped in spring 2020.

All activities which GEDE carried out can be accessed at our github site: https://github.com/GEDE-RDA-Europe/GEDE .

The GEDE work is based on a charter that describes its mission and a procedure document. After 4 years of work it might need a refreshment.

The following activities were carried out from 2016 on:

  • Broad discussions on PID Usage (Persistent Identifiers) that resulted in a paper which was published in November 2017 and deposited in Zenodo (https://zenodo.org/record/1116189). It was one of the key documents influencing the work on PIDs within EOSC.
  • The concept of Digital Objects (DO) was of great interest for many experts across disciplines and countries. It received support from about 130 interested experts and many activities were carried out. For more information see here. In 2019/2020 the DO concept was extended to FAIR DOs to make it fully FAIR compliant. Basically, the systematic use of semantically declared concepts in metadata needs to be required to make DOs fully machine actionable. For more information see here.
  • Since the ways we are Citing Data are quite heterogeneous a report on Data Citation was finished after GEDE discussions. For more information see here.
  • The role and function of Digital Repositories was discussed between GEDE experts resulting in a report. For more information see here.
  •  The usefullness of Blockchain technology in science was subject of GEDE discussions and resulted in a report. For more information see here.

In addition, GEDE organised surveys on actual topics (FAIR, EOSC, state of practices in the labs) and co-organised several workshops and meetings.

Membership for this group is on invitation only. For the GEDE interaction a separate email list will be used. All essential communications and notes will be open for RDA members.

Two core-chairs are respnsible to organise the GEDE work: Carlo Maria Zwölf and Peter Wittenburg. In case of questions about GEDE activities, please contact Peter (peter.wittenburg@mpcdf.mpg.de).

 

GEDE-RDA members

We are currently in a phase of updating the members list, since many more are active in the GEDE DO topic group and some names seem to be outdated.

Abroshan, Hossein 

ESS - Social

Abroshan, Hossein 

SERISS

Asmi, Ari

ENVRI Plus

Baldauf, Carsten

NOMAD

Bastl, Pavel

ELI

Berry, Simon

SKA

Bietrix, Florence EATRIS

Boiten, Jan-Willem 

Lygature, EATRIS

Bosschaerts, Maria Helena 

MIRRI

Boulanger, Damien 

IAGOS

Brazma,  Alvis

EURO-BIOIMAGING

Brookes, Anthony J. 

BBMRI

Budich, Reinhard

ENES

Ciubancan, Mihai

ELI

De Smedt, Koenraad

CLARIN

de Vos, Marco 

Asterics

Degl'Innocenti, Emiliano 

DARIAH

Demotes, Jacques ECRIN

Deneudt, Klaas

VLIZ

Deneudt, Klaas 

EMBRC

Emery, Tom

NIDI

Fitzgerald, Rory ESS- Social

Gaizer, Tamas 

ELI

Godøy, Øystein

SIOS

Gonzales, Juan Miguel

LifeWatch

Götz, Andrew

ESRF

Graf, Kay

KM3NeT

Gülzow, Volker

EUCALL

Hagen, Mark 

ESS

Häggström, Ingemar

EISCAT 

Hausstein, Brigitte

CESSDA

Hellström, Margareta 

ICOS

Hoebeke, Mark 

 

Holub, Petr

BBMRI

Hooft, Rob

ELIXIR

Horstmann, Wolfram

LIBER

Huizinga, Yvonne ASTRON

Jeffery, Keith

EPOS

Juty, Nick 

ELIXIR

Kohler, Manfred

EU-OPENSCREEN

Kollegger, Thorsten

FAIR

Koureas, Dimitris 

DiSCCo

Lamanna, Giovanni ESCAPE
Lautenschlager, Michael

ENES

Leida, Anna 

ELIXIR

Loubrieu, Thomas 

EURO-ARGO

Milanesi, Luciano 

ELIXIR/BBMRI

Myhre, Cathrine Lund  

ACTRIS

Nardello, Ilaria

EMBRC

Nazaret Bello, Gonzalez 

EST

Neveu, Pascal

EMPHASIS

Niccoloucci, Franco

PARTHENOS

Niessen, Wiro

EURO-BIOIMAGING

NN

HBP

Padfield, Joseph 

DARIAH

Peterseil, Johannes

LTER

Pezzati, Luca 

E-RIHS

Pichot, Christian

AnaEE

Pina, Mery 

EMBRIC

Pommier, Cyril

AGRO

Presser, Karl METROFOOD

Rădvan, Roxana

COST

Ritz, Raphael 

NOMAD

Roi, Arnaud DARIAH

Romary, Laurent 

DARIAH

Ropret, Polona 

 

Rosato, Antonio

INSTRUCT

Ruzicka, Michal

BBMRI-ERIC

Sansone,  Susanna-Assunta

ELIXIR

Schlünzen, Frank

EUCALL

Sezerman, Osman Ugur 

BBMRI

Sorvari, Sanna

ACTRIS

Stackebrandt, Erko 

MIRRI

Swedlow, Jason 

EURO-BIOIMAGING

Thiel, Carsten

CESSDA

Tyberhein, Lennert VLIZ

Usadel, Björn

EMPHASIS

Vaas, Lea 

EU-OPENSCREEN

van Breukelen, Martin

EMFL

van Enckevort, David 

BBMRI

van Uytvanck, Dieter

CLARIN

Weigel, Tobias

ENES

Wittenburg, Peter

NOMAD

Zoani, Claudia

ENEA

Zoani, Claudia

METROFOOD

Zwölf, Carlo Maria

VAMDC

Observers

Name Initiative
Jan Hrusak ESFRI (chair)
Gabrielle von Voigt e-IRG (chair)
Sverker Holmgren Nordic e-science/data science