Research Data Repository Interoperability RDA 8th Plenary BoF meeting

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20 May 2016 1657 reads

BoF Group: Research Data Repository Interoperability

Meeting title Working meeting on Research Data Repository Interoperability

Please give a short introduction describing the scope of the group and if any previous activities

Research data are stored in a wide variety of repository platforms, using disparate data modeling and metadata standards, file formats, and conventions. It is often necessary to migrate data from one repository platform to another, share data between different repositories, and disseminate repository resources to a variety of services. These tasks are made difficult, and in some cases impossible, by a lack of interoperability between different repository platforms.

The Research Data Repository Interoperability Working Group will establish standards for interoperability between different research data repository platforms. These standards may include (but are not limited to) a generic API and import/export formats.

During the first BoF session held at P7 the basic ideas of the group were presented and a draft of the case statement has been discussed. This discussion has been continued afterwards, the case statement has been updated accordingly and has been submitted in May 2016 for the community review. 

Please provide additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. Case statements, working documents etc

Group Page @ (
Case Statement (
Minutes 1st telephone conference (
Meeting note of the BoF session at P7 (

Please list the meeting objectives

- Inform participants about Case Statement review

Objectives of working part of the session depend on the review results. 

If endorsed as WG:

- Get an overview about some selected technologies/standards from the state of the art section of the Case Statement (or other relevant technologies/standards) focusing on the following aspects:
* For which use case(s) can this technology/standard be useful and how?
* Where are the limitations, e.g. in terms of performance or usability?
* Which research data repository platform already supports or plans to support this technology/standard?
- Decide on how to perform the next steps, e.g. how to complete the state of the art overview/gap analysis (see Case Statement D1)

If not endorsed:

- Analyze rejection reasons
- Rewrite Case Statement according to review results

Meeting agenda

- Presentation of the Case Statement review results (Thomas Jejkal) 10 minutes

If endorsed as WG:

- Short talks on state of the art technologies (3-5 speakers) 50 minutes
- Discussion about suitability and gaps (all participants) 30 minutes

If not endorsed:

- Analysis of rejection reasons (all participants) 20 minutes
- Open discussion on rewriting the Case Statement (all participants) 50 minutes

- Summary of results and next steps (co-chairs)

Audience: Please specify who is your target audience and how they should prepare for the meeting

The target audience of this meeting may include research data repository developers and providers as well as users interested in the topic of research data repository interoperability. In order to get the basic idea behind this group reading the documents mentioned above could help. The scope of this session depends on the review results of the Case Statement and will be a working session either focussing on the topic or on revising the Case Statement.

Group chair serving as contact person: Thomas Jejkal