Expanding our horizons to new disciplines: harmonising on what is core to all.

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31 Oct 2022
Meeting objectives: 

The focus of the P20 Plenary session of the RDA Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem Interest Group (PSACIRDE-IG) is to continue raising awareness of new projects on samples and related identifiers and discuss a new proposed initiative in for biospecimens in the Life Sciences.

The objectives of the session include:

  • Further developing the Catalogue of Groups/Projects working on samples and identifiers;

  • Provide updates on existing samples projects; and

  • Promote a new Group on Biospecimens in the Life Sciences with a view of becoming an RDA WG perhaps as part of the Samples IG.

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative session notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zn3skRsJDVY_KdfyvdXAhch1stl2NgGOzIg7...

  1. Lightning talks (~3 minutes) on new projects/updates on existing ones (20 Minutes)

    1. Update on the DataCite/ISGN Partnership (Jens Klump)
    2. IGSN in Archaeology (Shawn Ross)
    3. Physical samples from outer space (Kerstin Lehnert)
    4. Update on the Sampling Nature Research Coordination Network (Kerstin Lehnert)
    5. Open invitation for impromtu presentations from the audience on projects managing and uniquely identifying physical samples.
Target Audience: 
  1. Anyone from any sector that is trying to integrate metadata and data on samples from Multiple Communities;

  2. Research data repository developers and providers who manage sample-based data;

  3. Curators and developers from sample repositories, museums, and other institutions who maintain physical sample collections and related digital sample and collection catalogues;

  4. Publishers and editors of journals that publish sample-based data;

  5. Other stakeholders interested in topics such as persistent identifiers, metadata standards, and interoperability protocols for samples and sample-based data; and

  6. Researchers that use physical samples in their workflows and can provide case studies or insights for relevant metadata (standards). 

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The group formed at P10 in Montreal in September 2017 and aims to facilitate cross-domain exchange and convergence on key issues related to the digital representation of physical samples and collections, including but not limited to use of globally unique and persistent identifiers for samples to support unambiguous citation and linking of information in distributed data systems and with publications, metadata standards for documenting samples and collections and for landing pages, access policies, and best practices for sample and collection catalogue, including a broad range of issues from interoperability to persistence. As an interest group, we seek to showcase new for community developments that promote the use of the sample and its connections to any derived observations, images and analytical data.  We also seek to help individual communities identify what is truly unique about their samples but still make it easy to interoperate within the global samples ecosystem.  

Short Group Status: 

The group formed in Montreal and P10 and has met at each plenary ever since as follows:

  1. P10 Montreal (Sept 2017): IG Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-physical-samples-and-collections-research-data-ecosystem-rda-10th-plenary-meeting 

  2. P11 Berlin (March 2018): IG Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem https://rd-alliance.org/ig-physical-samples-and-collections-research-data-ecosystem-rda-11th-plenary-meeting  

  3. P12 Gaborone (Nov 2018): Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem IG https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-physical-samples-and-collections-research-data-ecosystem-rda-12th-plenary-meeting 

  4. P13 Philadelphia (April 2019): IG Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem (IG - PSACIRDE) https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-physical-samples-and-collections-research-data-ecosystem-rda-13-plenary 

  5. P14 Helsinki (Oct 2019): Designing a pathway towards Implementing a Transdisciplinary Data Infrastructure for Physical Samples https://www.rd-alliance.org/designing-pathway-towards-implementing-transdisciplinary-data-infrastructure-physical-samples 

  6. P15 Melbourne (April 2020): Identifying physical samples and linking them to the global research data ecosystem  https://www.rd-alliance.org/identifying-physical-samples-and-linking-them-global-research-data-ecosystem 

  7. P16 Costa Rica (November 2020): Toward a global and multi-disciplinary network of FAIR physical samples - https://www.rd-alliance.org/plenaries/rda-16th-plenary-meeting-costa-rica-virtual/harmonising-multidisciplinary-vocabularies 

  8. P17 Edinburgh (April 2021): Cross-disciplinary sharing of samples and increasing awareness https://www.rd-alliance.org/plenaries/rda-17th-plenary-meeting-edinburgh-virtual/cross-disciplinary-sharing-samples-and 

  9. P18 Virtual (November 2021): Sample Identifier and Metadata Practices/Tools to Enable Interdisciplinary Sample Data Discovery, Integration, and Reuse Across Multiple Data Systems - https://www.rd-alliance.org/plenaries/rda-18th-plenary-meeting-virtual/sample-identifier-and-metadata-practicestools-enable

  10. P19 South Korea (June 2022): Harmonising Citations, Acknowledgments and Credit for Physical Samples/Specimens in Scholarly Publications https://www.rd-alliance.org/plenaries/rda-19th-plenary-meeting-part-inte...

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Jens Klump, Kerstin Lehnert, Shawn Ross, Rory McNeil, Sara El-Gebali