RDA Europe - Research Data Alliance Europe
Project website:  RDA Europe 
Principal Investigator: Yannis Ioannidis
Duration: 01/09/2012 - 31/12/2014

Over the last 10 years, significant investments have been made in both the European Union and the USA for developing scientific data infrastructures to support the work of research communities, and in improving shared access to data. On both sides of the Atlantic, there is a shared understanding that solutions must be global and that the development of an integrated and interoperable data domain can only be achieved through increased global collaboration. RDA Europe aims to be the premier global forum driving convergence between emerging global data infrastructures, with a particular focus on EU-US links. Its prime objective is to establish an EU-US coordination platform to improve the interoperability of today and tomorrow’s scientific data infrastructures on both continents. By coordination platform, we mean a vehicle capable of: a) fostering discussion between relevant stakeholders in the EU and US over concrete topics related to the interoperability of the data architectures and solutions based on a top-down approach; b) overcoming the identified challenges and turning the areas of convergence into concrete specifications that can be immediately implemented on both continents by bringing data practitioners together in a bottom-up process; c) demonstrating through concrete collaboration examples what works and what are the remaining barriers and challenges to be tackled to achieve full interoperability.

This coordination platform will make an important contribution to the development of policy in both the EU and the USA for the management and curation of scientific data and will lead to a common policy driving the development of a wider global infrastructure. This platform will be driven by the RDA Europe Forum comprising delegates involved in setting policy and strategy in the management and curation of data from the EU who will come together to make strategic recommendations to foster the convergence of data integration, interoperability and infrastructures. The platform will be supported by three key programmes: a) an analysis programme devoted to analyze data organization techniques and solutions as they have been emerging from the various scientific communities, looking for commonalities and abstractions that can motivate common approaches; b) a prototype programme to coordinate activities between important EU and US projects and communities by performing a series of cross-infrastructure experiments on EU-US interoperability with a selected group of communities; and c) a workshop programme aiming at investigating the convergence of data infrastructure reaching out to additional communities. The three programmes will feed the platform with input from “grass-roots” driven activities whose results will be collected and combined into the RDA Europe Forum and RDA processes.

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