Disciplinary Collaboration Framework IG
The group aims at bringing together representatives across disciplinary communities in an effort to better organise and drive the discussion for prioritising, harmonising and efficiently articulating communities’ needs. The group will gradually support the development of a common disciplinary interoperability framework. The group continues to seek mechanisms through which it can improve the cross-disciplinary collaboration in the context of RDA and strives to organise joint meetings as a way to develop effective interfaces between RDA communities of practice. Minutes from the last DCF joint session can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Bta5KpVyKBxDH51CiaJky0w-Irzv3jeT75aldnwPBS0/edit
RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals IG
Interoperability of data remains a barrier to collecting, storing, merging, and analyzing data for monitoring SDG metrics effectively - and improving data interoperability may both enhance monitoring, as well as help to enable and support progress towards achieving the SDGs. Achieving interoperable data to advance the SDGs will require best practices, recommendations, technologies, and support of capacity building - which is in direct alignment with many of RDA’s ongoing and upcoming outputs, recommendations, interest group, and working group activities.
Objectives and scope of the Interest group activities will fall into two categories:
- Improved data management/sharing of SDG indicator data, based on implementation and adaptation of RDA outputs within workflows surrounding the SDGs and NGO development space more broadly.
- Assessing the impact of data infrastructure, and associated quality and limitations thereof, as a component of sustainable development. Defining the value and importance of data infrastructure within sustainable development overlaps directly with the infrastructure-related SDG indicators. More broadly, defining and justifying the importance of data infrastructure will clarify this need to funders supporting development initiatives, researchers and admins supporting the work of development monitoring, and future policy development.
Data for Development IG
This interest group focuses on the access to and usage of data from a variety of sources of relevance to development studies, human rights, conflict research and vulnerable and hidden populations. Whereas many intergovernmental organizations have a tradition of open data access routines and policies to data they have collected, data collected by non-governmental organizations are often not available for further usage. Also relevant data collected by university institutes and research organizations are often not shared with the community and increasingly also the question is raised which contribution big data may have in this area and how to collect, use, share and analyze these data.
Earth, Space and Environmental Science IG
The Earth, space, and environmental science (ESES) communities are developing, through multiple international efforts, both general and domain-specific leading practices for data management, infrastructure development, vocabularies, and common data/digital services. The ESES IG focuses on increasing awareness, and coordination where applicable, of dependent efforts across the international Earth, space, and environmental science communities. Within RDA, we hope to leverage the existing working groups and interest groups to help integrate and coordinate the needs of the Earth, space, and environmental sciences with the objectives and deliverables across those related efforts, including support of the Sustainable Development Goals. For more details on recent work: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/esiprda-earth-space-and-environmental-sciences-ig