Collaboration type: Ongoing collaboration

About the Research Data Alliance (RDA): The Research Data Alliance (RDA) was launched as a community-driven organization in 2013 by the European Commission, the United States Government's National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation with the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing of data.   With more than to 6,700 members from 136 countries (March 2018), RDA provides a neutral space where its members can come together through focused global Working and Interest Groups to develop and adopt infrastructure that promotes data-sharing and data-driven research, and accelerate the growth of a cohesive data community that integrates contributors across domain, research, national, geographical and generational boundaries.

Short description of the collaboration & main achievements in the period:  BlueBRIDGE established two different type of collaborations with RDA:

CNR, coordinator of BlueBRIDGE is the national node for Italy for RDA where it seeks to pinpoint and address national challenges and incorporate them within an RDA Working group.

Plans for the future: For 2018-2019 CNR will understand what BlueBRIDGE achievements can be pursued also from a national level to capitalise on the work within the national node.

FAO took the initiative to establish the Fisheries Data Interoperability Working Group (FDIWG) to devise a global data exchange and integration framework to support scientific advice on stock status and exploitation that builds on fisheries data. The general objective of the Fisheries Data Interoperability Working Group (FDIWG) is to devise a global data exchange and integration framework to support scientific advice on stock status and exploitation that build on fisheries data. Various fisheries data domains utilized in such scientific processes are concerned, including data collected for statistical or status and trends reporting, monitoring control and surveillance, scientific fisheries data. More specifically the FDIWG has two main objectives: the first to foster better interoperability of statistical data, and the second to better represent fisheries data in geospatial data formats. This will improve the reporting, access and analysis of fisheries data based on open data services.

As presented in its work plan, FDIWG will address the minimum data requirements to describe fisheries data required for supporting stock assessment and fisheries management in particular fisheries statistical data and geospatial data. These objectives are in line with the activities of the Coordinating Working Party for Fisheries Statistics (CWP), a forum composed of intergovernmental organizations which have a competence in fishery statistics. At its 2017 inter-sessional meeting, the CWP recognized the FDIWG’s  efforts to examine standards and alternatives to improve data harmonization and interoperability. CWP also solicited the WG to present their assessment output, proposals and recommendations with a remit for formats of data exchange and dissemination, which will provide guidance to the CWP parties including Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs). https://rd-alliance.org/groups/fisheries-data-interoperability-wg

The main achievements are the improved data integration facilities released through several VREs that integrate fisheries data; Tuna Atlas, IRD, WECAFC FiRMS, but also for environmental data, where the RDA activity contributed to re-usability; PAIM, and to some extent also AAPS.

Plans for the future: The activities of the RDA FDI WG will be carried forward within the framework of RDA, and in April the FDI WG will present a report on the achievements related to the technical and normative work of the WG. The report will contain sections on the activity towards global data harmonization across the key partners FAO and IRD, and describe their efforts to standardize the harmonization processes, and the engage with the CWP community (through FAO) to promote the use of the standards and the associated data services (now in several VREs) in their respective information systems.