GEDE - Group of European Data Experts in RDA


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 has in summer 2018 received clear statements that also the fourth RDA Europe will continue to support its work. The support for GEDE will be managed through the Vision & Values Company in Brussels. The three co-chairs agreed to continue their work.

In its first phase, GEDE developed a charter that describes its mission and a procedure document that describes how GEDE-RDA will operate.

Its first activity was to steer a broad discussion about "Persistent identifiers” (PIDs). Through virtual and physical GEDE meetings and RDA plenary sessions, we converged to the document "Persistent identifiers: Consolidated assertion which was published in November 2017 and deposited in Zenodo ( This document was discussed and written by appointed and interested data practitioners from the participating research infrastructures and finally endorsed by the GEDE Core group. Currently it is being evaluated to also become a supported document by RDA. Creating this comprehensive PIDs document required much effort. It was indeed concluded that, in such an initiative based on volunteer work of experts (already loaded by their tasks in the research infrastructure projects) the procedures should be light-weighted for becoming more effective. This should also allow GEDE to work in parallel on larger variety of topics.

After a break, where it was not clear whether the GEDE work can be continued within the fourth RDA Europe project, a survey was launched during the RDA Plenary 11th to find out which other topics would have been of interest. From the results from this survey GEDE decided to focus its efforts on:

  1. The concept of Digital Objects (DO) seems to be of great interest for many experts in the research infrastructures and received support from about 130 interested experts. Recently, a first workshop was held in Brussels with about 55 participants. For more information see here.
  2. The ways we are Citing Data are quite heterogeneous which is confusing for practitioners. For more information see here.
  3. The role and function of Digital Repositories has not yet been defined on a broad basis although their crucial relevance is even pointed out by the EOSC Declaration. For more information see here.
  4.  Blockchain technology is widely being discussed and its usefulness for research and its functional limits need clarification. For more information see here.

Therefore GEDE-RDA decided to start working on these four topic groups from September 2018 on. Short descriptions can be found on the subpages (see above). The GEDE DO subgroup is already planning its first face-to-face meeting at 26.9.2018 (also supporting remote participation) in Brussels with Robert Kahn, one of the two founders of the Internet, as keynote speaker and several speakers from research infrastructures talking about the potential impact of the DO concept for their research. Details about the workshop can be found at the DO sub-page (see above).

We would like to ask all experts interested, in particular from the GEDE member research infrastructures, to register their interest with one or more of these groups with Zsuzsanna ( To not mix up with the usual RDA activities we manage per group separate email lists, nevertheless make all documents transparent within RDA.

In case of questions about GEDE activities, please contact Zsuzsanna (

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.

Formal responsibility for the GEDE work has been taken over by Vision & Values. Administrative actions will be taken care of by Zsuzsanna Szeredi ( Three core-chairs will be respnsible to organise the content work: Margareta (Maggie) Hellström, Carlo Maria Zwölf and Peter Wittenburg. In case of questions & comments, please contact Zsuzsanna.

Maggie, Carlo, Zsuzsanna & Peter


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
Bastl, Pavel ELI
Berry, Simon SKA
Boiten, Jan-Willem  Lygature, EATRIS
Bosschaerts, Maria Helena  MIRRI
Boulanger, Damien  IAGOS
Brookes, Anthony J.  BBMRI
Budich, Reinhard ENES
Ciubancan, Mihai ELI
Couvreur, Danielle MYRRHA/ SCK CEN
De Smedt, Koenraad CLARIN
de Vos, Marco  Asterics
Degl'Innocenti, Emiliano  DARIAH
Deneudt, Klaas VLIZ
Deneudt, Klaas  EMBRC
Emery, Tom NIDI
Gabrielle von Voigt e-IRG
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
Jan Hrusak ESFRI 
Jeffery, Keith EPOS
Juty, Nick  ELIXIR
Kohler, Manfred EU-OPENSCREEN
Kollegger, Thorsten FAIR
Koureas, Dimitris  DiSCCo
Kuchinke, Wolfgang


Lautenschlager, Michael ENES
Leida, Anna  ELIXIR
Loubrieu, Thomas  EURO-ARGO
Mertens, Mike DARIAH
Milanesi, Luciano  ELIXIR/BBMRI
Myhre, Cathrine Lund   ACTRIS
Nardello, Ilaria EMBRC
Nazaret Bello, Gonzalez  EST
Neveu, Pascal EMPHASIS
Niccoloucci, Franco PARTHENOS
Padfield, Joseph  DARIAH
Peterseil, Johannes LTER
Peterseil, Johannes  eLTER
Pezzati, Luca  E-RIHS
Pichot, Christian AnaEE
Pina, Mery  EMBRIC
Pommier, Cyril AGRO
Rădvan, Roxana COST
Ritz, Raphael  NOMAD
Romary, Laurent  DARIAH
Ropret, Polona   
Rosato, Antonio


Ruzicka, Michal BBMRI-ERIC
Sansone,  Susanna-Assunta ELIXIR
Schlünzen, Frank EUCALL
Sezerman, Osman Ugur  BBMRI
Sorvari, Sanna ACTRIS
Stackebrandt, Erko  MIRRI
Sverker Holmgren Nordic e-science/data science
Usadel, Björn EMPHASIS
van Breukelen, Martin EMFL
van Enckevort, David  BBMRI
van Uytvanck, Dieter CLARIN
Weigel, Tobias ENES
Wittenburg, Peter RDA
Zappa, Giovanna  ENEA
Zappa, Giovanna  METROFOOD
Zwölf, Carlo Maria VAMDC


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



Recent Activity

13 Oct 2018

GEDE Blockchain Topic Group


There is lots of interest in this technology and there are lots of publications on BCT - many of them simply being PR. As a consequence there are many assumptions not based on facts. Thus topic group wants to discuss possible application scenarios in science.

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13 Oct 2018

GEDE Citation Topic Group

The identification and subsequent citation of data has become crucial for the implementation of the FAIR principles and for safeguarding the reproducibility of scientific processes in the data-driven science era. However the data-citation landscape is highly fragmented, with several, sometimes diverging best-practices whitepapers produced by different communities and/or datacentres. 

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13 Oct 2018

GEDE Digital Object Topic Group

Recent discussions and a first workshop in Brussels (September 2018) confirmed the broad interest in making use of the Digital Object concept to organise the domains of digital entities (data, metadata, software, etc.) in the various scientific communities and its relevance for implementing the basic federation layer of the EOSC. The GEDE DO group will actively guide the discussions about the use of DOs in Europe, foster the interaction with the global C2CAMP group of "implementers" and through C2CAMP collaborate closely with the GO FAIR initiative.

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