The Role of Middleware in Data and Metadata Management: National and Institutional Approaches Involving iRODS and Alternatives

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31 Oct 2022
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 
  • Understand and explore the potential of middleware for helping research institutions manage data and metadata
  • Learn from case studies where iRODS and other middleware technologies are already being deployed
  • Exchange knowledge and ideas in a structured discussion session
Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative session notes:

  1. Introduction to RDARI (5 mins)

  2. What is middleware in the context of research data management? (5 mins)

  3. Ingrid Barcena Roig (KU Leuven), "ManGO: the KU Leuven active research data management platform based in iRODS" (10 mins)

  4. Maithili Kalamkar-Stam (SURF), "Data middleware based on iRODS technology at SURF"  (10 mins)

  5. Michele Carpene (Cineca), "The EUDAT Collaboartive Data Infrastructure - status report"(10 mins)

  6. Structured discussion session (45 mins)

  7. Wrap up (5 mins)

Target Audience: 

The target audience of this Interest Group includes anyone involved in research data infrastructure projects or services as well as researchers with an interest in systems, technologies and data flows at the institutional level. This includes research infrastructure developers, data stewards, project managers, ICT architects, senior managers with responsibility for research IT services, data scientists, and representatives of NRENS. Representatives of the service or technology vendors and data industry are also very welcome.

No advanced preparation for this session is required, but a willingness to engage in the conversation and talk about any involvement you have had with middleware for data management will help ensure that this is a richly informative session.

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The Research Data Architectures in Research Institutions Interest Group (RDARI) is primarily concerned with technical architectures for managing research data within universities and other multi-disciplinary research institutions. It provides insight into the approaches being taken to the development and operation of such architectures and their success or otherwise in enabling good practice.

Short Group Status: 

Recognized and endorsed. Active since 2018.

Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 
Meeting presenters: 
James A J Wilson; Keith Russell; others To Be Confirmed