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RDA is a pragmatic and agile organization, and through the work of its Working and Interest Groups, directly and logically tackles numerous data infrastructure challenges.

Any RDA member may initiate or join a Working or Interest group.  To become a member of the RDA, individuals should register with the RDA online community and affirm their support for the RDA Guiding Principles.

 

Working Groups & Interest Groups: what's the difference?

Working Groups

Working Groups are short-term (18 months) and come together to develop and implement data infrastructure, which could be tools, policy, practices and products that are adopted and used by projects, organizations, and communities. Embedded within these groups are individuals who will use the infrastructure and help in making it broadly available to the public.

As of May 2019, RDA boasts 36 working groups.

View the current listing of Working Groups>> 

Interest Groups

Interest groups are open-ended in terms of longevity.  They focus on solving a specific data sharing problem and identifying what kind of infrastructure needs to be built.  Interest Groups can identify specific pieces of work and start up a Working Group to tackle those.;

As of May 2019, RDA boasts 66 interest groups.


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Many of our members propose Birds of a Feather Meetings at the bi-annual RDA Plenary Meetings to gauge interest and gather momentum and consensus for the creation of Working & Interest Groups.

WG Working Groups - IG Interest Groups

WG

Data Citation WG

Status: 
Completed
Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers

The RDA Working Group on Data Citation (WG-DC)  brings together experts addressing the issues, requirements, advantages and shortcomings of existing approaches for efficiently identifying and citing arbitrary subsets of (potentially highly dynamic) data. It's recommendations are based upon on (1) timestamping and versioning changes to evolving data and (2) identifying arbitrary subsets by assigning PIDs to the queries selecting the according subsets and are applicable across all types of data, such as e.g. collections of files, relational databases, multidimensional data cubes or regions in images.

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IG

Big Data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

Big Data Interest Group seeks to address community needs on all things having to do with Big Data. Specifically, it aims to produce a set of recommendation documents to advise diverse research communities with respect to: * How to select an appropriate Big Data solution for a particular science application with optimal value? and * What are the best practices in dealing with various data and computing issues associated with such a solution?

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IG

Domain Repositories IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
TAB Liaison: 
Françoise Genova

Status: Recognized & Endorsed The Domain Repositories Interest Group will bring together active data repositories that serve specific scientific disciplines. Domain repositories provide archiving services tailored to the needs of scientific communities, and they mediate between domain scientists and rapid changes in information and data science.

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Education and Training on handling of research data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

The context of increasing volumes of data being created by researchers and the strengthening of requirements for research data management and data sharing has created demand for a new and evolving set of competencies and skills for researchers who create and use the data, and the growing cadre of professionals who support them.

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IG

ELIXIR Bridging Force IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

Life sciences are becoming increasingly more data intensive, especially resulting from the huge improvements in large-scale gene sequencing and other “omics” techniques. There is need for large-scale sustainable data storage methods allowing secure and easy access to these highly complex data. Simultaneously, since life science research projects increasingly depend on more than one type of measurement, there is a wide–felt need for integrating data of different types.

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IG

Ethics and Social Aspects of Data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair (s): 

Ethical and social issues with respect to data archiving, sharing, and reuse cut across many of the technical and policy work of the rest of the RDA.  Such issues are complementary to but separate from legal and regulatory aspects, since technology usually outpaces law and law itself is underpinned by ethical agreements and social contracts.

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IG

Libraries for Research Data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
TAB Liaison: 
Devika Madalli

Research Data have become a primary research asset that often requires continued access in the dynamic environment of mobile researchers, volatile repositories, transient products and short-lived standards. Libraries have looked after written research assets for centuries and now tackle the challenge of adapting their function to making data reliably accessible and re-usable.

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IG

Long tail of research data IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair (s): 

Status: Recognised & Endorsed The aim of this Interest Group is to develop a set of good practices for managing research data archived in the university context as universities and research institutions are becoming increasingly interested in collecting and providing access to datasets produced at their institution that do not fall within the scope of other discipline-based, or government repositories.

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IG

Marine Data Harmonization IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

Status: Recognised & Endorsed The objective of this working group is to promote the development of a common global framework for the management of marine data to address the impact of natural and man-made phenomena. Multi-disciplinary collaboration and large volumes of good quality interoperable data which can be easily located and accessed is required for this to support the development of this ecosystem based approach to marine research.

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Metadata IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

Status: Recognised & Endorsed The Metadata IG will concern itself with all aspects of metadata for research data. In particular it will attempt to coordinate the efforts of the WGs concerned with metadata to produce a coherent approach to metadata covering metadata modalities of description, restriction, navigation, provenance, preservation and the use of metadata for the purposes discovery, contextualisation, validation, analytical processing, simulation, visualisation and interoperation. It will also liaise with the other WGs especially Data Foundation and Terminology, PIDs, Standardisation of data categories and codes and Data Citation. This IG activity relates to data management policies and plans of research organisations and researchers, and to policies and standards of research funders and of research communities which may or may not be official standards.

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IG

PID IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

The pervasive use of persistent identifiers is seen as a foundational element in anchoring and referencing research data in an interoperable way. The purpose of the Persistent Identifier Interest Group is to synchronize identifier-related efforts, address important and emerging PID-related topics and coordinate activities, including appropriate RDA Working Groups, to practically solve PID-related issues from the engaged communities.

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IG

Preservation e-Infrastructure IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

Status: Recognised & Endorsed The aim of the Preservation e-Infrastructure Interest Group is to reach wide agreement on the e-Infrastructure services which are needed to help repositories to preserve their data holdings, to ensure the interoperability of service implementations, and to build trust of service providers.

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IG

Quality of Urban Life IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Devika Madalli

In 2007 the world’s population became more urban than rural according to the United Nations. Urban Quality of Life (QoL) is the general well-being of individual and societies living in cities. As there is a growing number of the world's population moving into cities there is increasing importance for the need for urban QoL indicators that can benchmark and enable comparative analysis in and between cities so that the social, environmental, economic and cultural dimensions can utlimately be improved.

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IG

RDA/CODATA Legal Interoperability IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

Status: Recognised & Endorsed This Interest Group will define legal interoperability of research data and articulate why it is important for data interoperability and reuse. The group will analyse four case studies and establish best practices through which legal interoperability if research data can be achieved and adopted by stakeholders.

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IG

RDA/CODATA Materials Data, Infrastructure & Interoperability IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

Status: Recognised & Endorsed The development of advanced materials inherently rests on access to a distributed materials infrastructure and materials research data to fuel discovery and innovation.Given the complementary missions the RDA IG and the CODATA TG will work together under the following statement in support of the exchange of material data.

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IG

RDA/WDS Certification of Digital Repositories IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

Status: Recognised & Endorsed Joint RDA/WDS Interest Group This Interest Group will build on previous work in the area of certification and deliver a global overview and a set of recommendations and requirements that allow the effective implementation of certification of digital repositories on a national, European and even global level.

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IG

RDA/WDS Publishing Data Cost Recovery for Data Centres IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

General services to publish data are not available and the necessary editorial process  leading to quality assured and efficiently usable data requires resources to be quantified. At present, there is an imbalance between the capacities and functionality of existing data  centres and data repositories and the global production of scientific data. Budgets of data centres generally cover a precise scope, mostly data production of the host institution.

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IG

Reproducibility IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Secretariat Liaison: 
enquiries@rd-alliance.org
TAB Liaison: 
Isabelle Perseil

This interest group seeks to advance and enable reproducibility in research based on or producing datasets. Our goals are to provide community based recommendations and infrastructure solutions, doing so in coordination with the other RDA Working and Interest Groups where appropriate.

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IG

Research data needs of the Photon and Neutron Science community IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

Status: Recognized & Endorsed 

This Interest Group will focus on data related issues of science applications associated with large scale source facilities, including: synchrotron x-ray sources, free-electron laser x-ray sources, reactor and spallation neutron sources, muon sources, large electron microscope, NMR and high-powered laser facilities, which are used typically for investigations into the structure of matter at micro or nano scale.  

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IG

Research Data Provenance IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Chair (s): 

The Research Data Provenance Interest Group focuses on the comparison and evaluation of models for data provenance. It is concerned with questions of data origins, maintenance of identity through the data lifecycle, and how we account for data modification.

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IG

Structural Biology IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed

Status: Recognised & Endorsed This Interest Group will focus on Structural Biology which is concerned with the determination of the three-dimensional (3D) structures of individual biomacromolecules (proteins and nucleic acids), and with those of complexes and higher order structures formed by association of these individual components.

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