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Biodiversity Data Integration Group sessions at RDA plenary

Biodiversity data breakout sessions at the Research Data Alliance's meeting in Amsterdam
When Sep 22, 2014 01:00 AM to
Sep 24, 2014 01:00 AM
Where Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Attendees Registered delegates
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Info icon from Elegant Themes There is a call for oral contributions to these breakout group sessions. Please see: and reply to by Sep 8 indicating your interest or if you’d like to propose specific changes to the Agenda prior to the meeting.

The Biodiversity Data Integration Group is a recognised & endorsed Interest Group within the Research Data Alliance (RDA) structure. The group's organisers feel that this group presents a unique opportunity to act as a focal point for biodiversity data that complements existing initiatives (TDWG, COST Actions, RCNs), and also to liaise with adjacent communities to identify technical and socio-cultural issues related to the efficient mobilisation, identification and preservation of biodiversity data.

The IG is at pivotal point where it needs to identify its exact role within the RDA infrastructure as well as its usefulness within the wider biodiversity informatics landscape.

One of the main issues of criticism for the entire RDA structure is the redundancy observed across the activities of WG and interests of the different IGs. Given this challenge, the Biodiversity Data IG will need to identify areas that complement and cross-cut the work of other RDA IGs and address challenges unique to our domain.

The Biodiversity Data Integration Interest Group has secured two breakout sessions to run (one at the beginning of the plenary Monday 22 Sept 2014, 11.00 – 12.30 and one at the end Wednesday 24 Sept 2014, 9.00 – 10.30).

The group's overarching goals for this RDA plenary are to:

  1. Identify areas of activities within the RDA and wider biodiversity informatics landscape
  2. Monitor work done under relevant IGs and report back to the second session
  3. Propose the formulation of at least one RDA Working Group (WG) to address specific challenges


You can see the agenda of the two breakout sessions at:

Even if you do not intend to attend the meeting in Amsterdam, you are invited to join the RDA BDI interest group. To do so please register at and join the group at

Details of the RDA Fourth Plenary event are available from the link below.

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