The launch meeting of the Research Data Alliance (http://rd-alliance.org/programme/
) took place from March 18-20 in Gothenburg. Program and contributions are documented at the website.
During the RDA meeting Nikos Manuselis (Greece), Odile Hologne (France), Esther Zale Yeumo, Kabore (France), Devika Madalli (India), Johannes Keizer (FAO) and Stefania Keters (RDA Secretariate) met to discuss a possible working group on Agricultural data interoperability within RDA. The results of this discussion are:
1. All aspects of agricultural data management is a topic too broad for a working group. To follow on such broad areas within RDA exists the instrument of Interest Group. All participants agreed to set up such an Interest Group on Agricultural data within RDA
2. It was discussed to set up as a first working group a group that should handle the interoperability of data and information on wheat. This is linked to INRA’s (Esther, Odile) strong commitment to the international wheat initiative. The task is daunting, because it tackles the problem of interoperability not of a specific datatype, but of different data types on the same issue (Germplasm data, genetic andphenotype data, statistical data, text….). The output of this working group was envisaged as a kind of “cookbook” how to produce “wheat data” that are easily sharable and interoperable.
It was decided that INRA will conduct stakeholder consultations before such a working group would be formally set up
More detailed results of the discussion of the Interestgroup are in the attached powerpoint.
a) Definition of the membership of the Interestgroup
The Interestgroup is open please feel free to invite further colleagues. Everyone, who wants to be part of it should contact me to get onto the mailing list. I will post this also on AIMS
b) Assessment of a Working Group on Interoperability of Wheat data sources. Odile and Esther from INRA will conduct stake holder consultations to clarify if this working group is feasible.
c) We can start to collect a list of topics, that should be handled by the Interestgroup in the next two years
d) Way of communication:
a. I will post this mail to viewtopic.php?f=3&t=66
and I encourage others to answer by using the Forum for everything what is of public interest.
b. After the G8 conference on “Agricultural Open Data” we should have an online meeting to evaluate the outcomes and to decide what to do until the next Plenary RDA in September
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