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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

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Virtual Research Environment IG (VRE-IG)

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Secretariat Liaison: 
enquiries@rd-alliance.org
TAB Liaison: 
Dimitris Koureas

The vision of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is that “researchers and innovators openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society.” The Mission of RDA is that it “builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data.”

Increasingly researchers who are not co-located are seeking to work dynamically together at various scales from the local to global using the internet to share data, models, workflows, best practice, publications, management and administration of their research etc. The Virtual Research Environments Interest Group (VRE-IG) seeks to build the required technical bridges, skills and social communities that enable global sharing and processing of data across technologies, disciplines and countries through the creation of shared online virtual environments. As these individual VREs grow, inevitably they need to also connect with major national research infrastructures.

The goal of the VRE-IG is to identify the technical issues to and - where known - share solutions that enable online access to data required to address issues that can range from local challenges (which are also potentially of direct relevance to researchers in other geographical areas or other research domains), to the research grand challenges currently being faced by society on global issues, e.g., societal impacts of climate change; sustainable cities; and environmentally sensitive utilisation of the scarce resources of our planet.

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Weather, climate and air quality IG

Status: 
Recognised & Endorsed
Secretariat Liaison: 
enquiries@rd-alliance.org
TAB Liaison: 
Tobias Weigel

In a field where the amount and the data sources increase exponentially, it becomes critical to find efficient solutions at a community level to address problems such as storage, indexing, metadata, sharing, or analysis. The global objectives of this Interest Group will be to explore and discuss the challenges for management, efficient analysis and dissemination of large and diverse datasets generated by the weather, climate and air quality communities.

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