RDA 11th Plenary Joint meeting: IG ELIXIR Bridging Force, IG Biodiversity Data Integration, and WG BioSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases in life sciences

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02 January 2018 3027 reads

Meeting title

Core Data Resources


  • IG ELIXIR Bridging Force
  • IG Biodiversity Data Integration
  • WG BioSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases in life sciences

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s)

Disciplinary fields often have a number of data resources that every researcher within that discipline uses.  Is it useful to recognize those that are essential to the research infrastructure of the discipline? How does one identify such resources? How are the resources maintained in the long term? How can continuity of service be assured? This session is meant to address those subjects.

During 2017, ELIXIR has established a procedure of identifying and selecting core data resources . ELIXIR also has a procedure to review and regularly add new core data resources. ELIXIR links to RDA via ELIXIR Bridging IG.

Complementary, within the FAIRsharing community (RDA/Force11 FAIRsharing WG), journals and publishers are defining common criteria for selecting repositories (accepting deposition of data and other digital objects), which will be used to describe them in the FAIRsharing registry. The FAIRsharing community also collaborates with the the FAIRmetrics group to ensure that this work is also connected to the definition of metrics defining FAIRness. The scope of both criteria, and their different context, are discussed during this meeting. There are many aspects to this process -- policy making, scientific excellence, impact to the field and long-term sustainability -- but the context of the selection could define different ‘weights’ for the criteria.

The Biodiversity field is working on data integration through Biodiversity Data Integration IG.

Meeting objectives

  • To present the ELIXIR procedure of selecting core resources in life sciences
  • To discuss data integration in the biodiversity field
  • To discuss Selection principles and indicators as well as alternative procedures
  • To present the concept of Deposition Databases, as ELIXIR has started in 2017
  • To discuss sustainability of core resources

Meeting agenda

Additional links to informative material related to the participating groups

Target audience:

Everyone interested in the process of identifying and maintaining a central list of core data resources critical for any scientific domain.

  • Life scientists
  • Librarians and publishers
  • Funders

Group chair serving as contact person:  Bengt Persson

Type of meeting: Informative meeting