status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): James Wilson, Keith Russell

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org


Introduction

The Research Data Architectures in Research Institutions Interest Group is primarily concerned with technical architectures for managing research data within universities and other multi-disciplinary research institutions. It provides insight into the approaches being taken to the development and operation of such architectures and their success or otherwise in enabling good practice.

 

An institution’s research data management infrastructure consists of more than just a data repository and discovery mechanisms. It includes the underlying storage technologies, the networking, hardware, system interfaces, authentication mechanisms, data brokers, monitoring platforms, semantic interoperability tools, long-term preservation services, high-performance and high-throughput computing facilities, data science platforms, and potentially many other technologies that process data and control the flows of data and metadata between systems.

 

Seamless data interoperability and movement between different systems both local and in national or disciplinary services is a particular challenge at present, given the need to provide researchers with a smooth and efficient user experience – a key requirement for any research data service. Governance and policies, project management environments, and communications platforms are also vital elements in shaping and informing IT architectures, as is the management of business information associated with research.

 

This IG seeks to understand the various architectures used by institutions globally, identify pain points within those architectures, and learn from those who have overcome or avoided those pain points.
The general approach of this IG is to encourage discussion about architectures and enable interested parties to collaborate and learn from one another. Many institutions are at present planning and working towards overarching data management architectures, and there is a legitimate concern that without such a forum as is provided by this IG institutions will relive the same experiences and repeat the same mistakes as their peers.
 

With the one word, this is about nuts and bolts of the research data infrastructures used in the local research infrastructures.

 

User scenario(s) or use case(s) the IG wishes to address

The Research Data Architectures Interest Group treats the following user scenarios:

  • Knowledge support for research data infrastructure architects, and project and service managers
  • Knowledge sharing regarding enterprise architecture best practises  at multi-disciplinary research institutions
  • Development of a greater understanding of objectives and goals between different stakeholders at research institutions, including  management, infrastructure developers, research data engineers,  IT systems architects, and technology vendors.

Objectives

The main themes of the IG are

  • Exploring how diverse tools, technologies, and services can be integrated to meet the evolving needs of researchers in research institutions.
  • Considering interoperability between institutional research data infrastructures and (inter)national or discipline-based infrastructures
  • Understanding the different institutional approaches to governance structures and business processes in responding to research ICT demands (e.g. capacity planning/forecasting for storage)
  • Sharing case studies of solutions developed by data infrastructure projects in research institutions
  • Presenting technical innovations and ideas that can further the development of integrated research data infrastructures
  • Agreeing best practice relating to research data architectures in research institutions

Meeting Agenda:

Collaborative Meeting Notes Link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15_cDBZjBsCO_vMAcc4_MiPrTno8Gtk0F2r4A...

 

Participation

The target audience of this IG includes anyone involved in research data infrastructure planning projects or services as well as researchers with an interest in systems, technologies and data flows at the institutions level. This includes research data infrastructure project managers, ICT architects, senior managers with responsibility for research IT services, developers, data managers, data engineers, and data scientists. Also representatives of the service or technology vendors and data industry are welcome.

Posts

28
October
2021

RDA VP18 Session of the RDARI interest group on 4 November at 7:00 UTC

by Keith Russell

Hi RDARI-ians, At the upcoming plenary we will be running a session on 4 November at 7:00 UTC. We hope you will be able to make it. We will be running a discussion session on challenges in establishing interoperability. "This session will explore the need for interoperability between institutional systems and services, and the challenges that such interoperability presents. Does it really matter whether data management systems can pass data and metadata between each other? If so, where is this
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21
October
2021

absent at VP18 - aiming at VP/P19

by Stephan Hachinger

Hi all, I just wanted to tell you, sorry for my silence the last months but I have not forgotten you. We are currently finishing up various projects and it keeps me extremely busy. So in all that I found that the first week of VP18 I had signed up to a team lead course, and the week afterwards I have to catch up with "normal" work... Question, do you need any last-minute help for VP18 session preparation or so from me - please let me know! And I will be more active again for VP or hopefully P 19. Cheers Stephan --
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24
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 draft programme now available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Co-Chairs, The RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-18th-plenary-meeting-programme. Please note that the Plenary dates have been revised to 3-11 November 2021.
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15
September
2021

Fwd: [NEW] 2021 ELN Evaluation Excel Template

by Keith Russell

Hi members of RDARI, A few (virtual) plenaries ago we ran a session on ELNs and their place in the Institutional Research Data Architecture. This session and the assessment spreadsheet might be of interest to you if you are looking to assess potential ELN solutions. Kind regards, Keith Keith Russell Manager, Engagements and Expertise *P* +61 3 9905 6273 *M* +61 427 452 342 ***@***.*** ardc.edu.au
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09
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Research Data Architectures in Research Institutions IG, The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) has completed its review of session applications for the RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) and has accepted your application titled Challenges in improving interoperability within your research institution. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. Congratulations!
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12
August
2021

RDA VP18 Session Proposal Submission

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Research Data Architectures in Research Institutions IG members, Thank you for your session proposal for Virtual Plenary 18 titled “Challenges in improving interoperability within your research institution”. A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance planned to be sent by 10 September. Please feel free to contact the RDA Secretariat at ***@***.***-alliance.org with any questions or concerns you have regarding your submission. Thank you.
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24
June
2021

Invitation: RDA RDARI IG second call @ Tue Jun 29, 2021 7pm - 8pm (AEST) (rda-rdari@rda-groups.org)

by Keith Russell

You have been invited to the following event. Title: RDA RDARI IG second call Aim of this meeting is to define RDARI session at next RDA plenary.
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24
June
2021

Doodle poll for RDA RDARI IG follow up meeting

by Keith Russell

Hi members of the RDARI Interest Group, Yesterday we had a good meeting trying to narrow down a topic for the RDARI Interest Group at Plenary 18. We will need one more meeting to narrow down the topic and identify speakers. Please indicate your availability in the Doodle poll at: https://doodle.com/poll/ichp5fqcd4n5su4e?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link If you could complete this asap that would be great as the slots are next
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16
June
2021

Invitation with note: RDARI IG meeting @ Wed Jun 23, 2021 8pm - 9pm (AEST) (rda-rdari@rda-groups.org)

by Keith Russell

You have been invited to the following event with this note: "With link to agenda and invite to all RDARI-ans" Title: RDARI IG meeting Meeting Agenda and Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F4KqCAU8BlmdzhFBKgqDkGKPgR41_8MbxWOP... When: Wed Jun 23, 2021 8pm – 9pm Eastern Australia Time - Melbourne Joining info: Join Zoom Meeting
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08
June
2021

Doodle for planning RDARI IG virtual meeting

by Keith Russell

Hi members of the RDARI Interest group, With the next RDA plenary coming up in October we thought it would be good to organise a virtual meeting of the Interest group. The main aim will be to discuss potential topics for a session of the Interest Group at the next plenary. Please indicate your availability in the doodle poll at: https://doodle.com/poll/ceaua8tn6gxv357s?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link We hope there are options there that work for you.
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