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.
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 (https://zenodo.org/record/1116189). 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:
- 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.
- The ways we are Citing Data are quite heterogeneous which is confusing for practitioners. For more information see here.
- 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.
- 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 (email@example.com). 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com). 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
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|
|Asmi, Ari||ENVRI Plus|
|Boiten, Jan-Willem||Lygature, EATRIS|
|Bosschaerts, Maria Helena||MIRRI|
|Brookes, Anthony J.||BBMRI|
|Couvreur, Danielle||MYRRHA/ SCK CEN|
|De Smedt, Koenraad||CLARIN|
|de Vos, Marco||Asterics|
|Gabrielle von Voigt||e-IRG|
|Gonzales, Juan Miguel||LifeWatch|
|Myhre, Cathrine Lund||ACTRIS|
|Nazaret Bello, Gonzalez||EST|
|Sezerman, Osman Ugur||BBMRI|
|Sverker Holmgren||Nordic e-science/data science|
|van Breukelen, Martin||EMFL|
|van Enckevort, David||BBMRI|
|van Uytvanck, Dieter||CLARIN|
|Zwölf, Carlo Maria||VAMDC|
|Jan Hrusak||ESFRI (chair)|
|Gabrielle von Voigt||e-IRG (chair)|
|Sverker Holmgren||Nordic e-science/data science|