Research Data Architectures in Research Institutions IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
TAB Liaison: 
Rainer Stotzka
IG Established



Research data are managed in variety of ICT systems or services and with variety of different technology or system architectures. For example research data repositories, metadata repositories, data brokers, semantic interoperability tools, long term preservation architectures, discoverability tools, data intensive research  or data science platforms, computing environments, project management environments or communication platforms are also IT systems which needs technical interoperability to work efficiently and properly.

Within research data community, there is number of different projects for research data infrastructures. Some of them are disciplinary projects, some owned by some domain and some are international cooperation projects etc. Some projects have smaller  technology challenges and some have bigger ones. One challenge of number of projects is seamless data interoperability between different systems, because this is inevitable part of smooth and efficient user experience. User experience is key factor of the success of any research data service.

Research institutions like universities are important part of the research data workflows because usually these organisations are near researchers and their needs and these organisations have support services etc.

General level idea of this IG is collaborate and discuss about systems, technologies and data flows as a part of the solution architectures of the research data infrastructures of research institutions.

With the one word, this is about nuts and bolts of the research data infrastructures used in the local research infrastructures.


User scenario(s) or use case(s) the IG wishes to address

Group have three main user scenarios:

  • Knowledge support for research data infrastructure projects and services

  • Shared knowledge about enterprise architecture best practises of the research data tools and infrastructures in the research institutions and their projects

  • Shared understanding about objectives and goals between stakeholders (like institutions, infrastructure developers, research data engineers, development projects, service and technology vendors etc.) of the research data architectures is prerequisite of any research data infrastructure project success



Main themes of the IG are

  • tools like systems, technologies and architectures used as a part of the services and solutions in research institutions

  • interoperability between institutional research data infrastructures and international or discipline based infrastructures

  • different institutional approaches to governance structures and business processes to respond to ICT demands for research (e.g. capacity planning/forecasting for storage)

  • case studies of solutions in the research data infrastructure projects in research institutions like universities

  • presentations of technical innovations and ideas in the area of research data infrastructures

  • best practises of the research data architectures in research institutions

This group have connections with some other RDA groups like:

  • National Data Services IG (usually research institutions support, use or deliver services and solutions of this national data service vendors or operators)

  • Repository Platforms for Research Data IG and Research Data Repository Interoperability WG (repositories are essential part of the research data infrastructures, but not only ones)

  • Data Fabric IG (technology and interoperability solutions of the research institutions are essential part of the big picture)

  • Storage Service Definitions WG (formerly “WG QoS-DataLC Definitions”, storage definitions, vocabularies etc. are important part of the daily work with the research data architectures)

The IG differs from these RDA IG’s or WG’s in following areas:

  • Scope of the group is more in institutional level solutions and architectures than for example national level infrastructures or general level architectures

  • Idea of the groups is to discuss technological solutions of the research institutions and other organisations in enterprise architecture level, not only one part of it

  • IG will connect also industrial solutions in the area of the research data and research data management



The target audience of this IG may include all those people who are involved research data infrastructure projects or services as well as users who are interested in the topic of systems, technologies and data flows as a part of the research data infrastructures. For example research data infrastructure project owners or product owners, project managers, ICT architects, developers, data managers, data engineers, data scientists and service users who are interested in technology issues are typical target audience of this IG. Also representatives of the service or technology vendors and data industry are welcome.



Outcomes of the IG:

  • Shared knowledge about research data tools, infrastructures and architectures

  • Knowledge base for best practises and lessons learned



Interest group will have meetings in RDA plenaries (if accepted in the schedule). Between Plenaries IG will collect best practises into the open knowledge base. Group will have 1 - 2 web meetings between plenaries (possibly more, if it is needed).



  • P10: BoF and start of the review process

  • P11: Starting the IG; Discussion about tools, best practises, use cases and knowledge base

  • P12: Templates for the best practises reports

  • P13: First collection of the knowledge base


Potential Group Members


















James A J




Recent Activity

03 Dec 2018

Next RDARI webmeeting and the topic for the Philadelphia

Hi all,
1. Next webmeeting of the RDARI IG
From the Doodle ( I had to pick
one from two possible and I chose 14.12.2018 11:00 (UTC). Here is time
in some timezones:
2. Agenda
- Shor Gaborone recap

28 Nov 2018

AW: [rda-rdari] Next steps after Gaborone

Hi Ville,
thanks for the summary for those not having the chance to participate, especially to Rosella! Using the DMP as starting point and preserving those data for the further processing is a good idea! Hope to have the chance to be there in Philadelphia.
Best regards.
HZDR, Germany
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23 Nov 2018

Next steps after Gaborone

Hi all,
Firstly. Thank you about the Gaborone sessio of the RDARI IG. Again we
had more slides than we had time to present. Time went to the discussion
about interesting things.
For thos who had not possibility to participate International Data Week
and RDA plenary, Rossella Aversa has made the meeting notes here:
Thank you Rossella!
Couple of things:

03 Nov 2018

A new version of the question set for the RDARI survey

Hi all,
James has revamped our survey question set little bit. Please check the renewed set from the URL:
I will discuss about this on Monday at RDA plenary breakout session 2.
Looking forward to seeing many of you in Gaborone.
Ville Tenhunen +358 50 576 2862, +358 2941 40102

30 Oct 2018

RDARI Gaborone session

Hi rdarians,
International Data Week and 12th RDA Plenary will take place on next
Monday at Gaborone.
Please note, that our session is in the breakout 2 on Monday 14:00-15:30
in the meeting room Tsodilo B3.
There will be also remote access possibility via GoToMeeting. Please
find instructions and program from IG's session page:

20 Sep 2018

AW: [rda-rdari] Fwd: RDA Endorsement - Research Data Architectures in Researc...

Ville and colleagues,
great, very well done!
Many greetings from holidays in Liguria...
Dr. Stephan Hachinger
Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) - Research (FOR)
Boltzmannstr. 1
85748 Garching b. München (Germany)
Phone: +49 89 35831 7830
Von: j.a.j.wilson=***@***.*** <***@***.***> im Auftrag von jajwilson_UCL <***@***.***>

19 Sep 2018

Fwd: RDA Endorsement - Research Data Architectures in Research Institutions IG

Hi all,
Good news again! Research Data Architectures in Research Institutions IG
has now endorsed by the RDA Council.
So, now we have officially a job to do as a part of the RDA community :-)
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