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RDA launches a new Domain Repositories Interest Group

The Research Data Alliance, has set up the Domain Repositories Interest Group. This group is an addition to already existing interest groups within the RDA. The purpose and objectives of this group are stated on the group's page which are reproduced below.
About the Domain Repositories Interest Group
"The Domain Repositories Interest Group will bring together active data repositories that serve specific scientific disciplines.  Domain repositories provide archiving services tailored to the needs of scientific communities, and they mediate between domain scientists and rapid changes in information and data science.


Webinar on OpenAIRE compatibility for repositories


OpenAIRE is offering open webinars on OpenAIRE compatibility for repositories on Tuesday, March 18 and on Tuesday, April 1.

Webinar details

Tuesday, March 18
11:00 – 12:00 CET (DSpace repository platform)
14:00 – 15:00 CET (proprietary platforms)
15:30 – 16:30 CET (EPrints repository platform)
or Tuesday, April 1
11:00 – 12:00 CET (proprietary platforms)
14:00 – 15:00 CET (EPrints repository platform)
15:30 – 16:30 CET (DSpace repository platform)

The purpose of the Webinars


Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles


A new declaration has been issued to guide the citation of data, in the same way other research outputs are cited in the practice of scholarship. The declaration was crafted by a group of more than 40 individuals representing 25 organisations.

The objective of the Declaration

The preamble of the declaration states,


"iMarine Data Platform for Collaborations" Workshop


On 7th March 2014, iMarine is organizing the interactive workshop iMarine data platform for collaborations. The objective is to showcase "a set of practical solutions, demonstrating how the Ecosystem Approach related information (and not only) can be collaboratively managed, shared, and analyzed in secure and very cost-effective applications." (Agenda)


RDA’s Publishing Data Interest Group proposes 4 new Working Groups


The Publishing Data Interest Group of the Research Data Alliance brings together all stakeholders involved in publishing research data. Its goal is to address the implementation of workflows for publishing data and therefore help establish appropriate supporting infrastructure.

A couple of days ago the Interest Group issued a proposal for four new Working Groups under the title "Data Publishing 2020" on the following topics:


UNESCO launches Open Access repository based on Creative Commons 3.0 Intergovernmental Organisation License


UNESCO launched its new Open Access Repository, making its publications freely available and providing "the public with an insight into the work of the Organization so that everyone is able to discover and share what UNESCO is doing." (An open door to UNESCO's knowledge)

The Repository contains more than 300 books, reports, and articles in 12 languages, including major UNESCO reports and key research publications. Hundreds of other reports and titles will be made available in the near future.


iMarine develops top-level ontology for the marine domain


“How can users experience iMarine as one coherent source of facts about marine entities, rather than a bag of contributed contents?” (*) In answer to this question, the Information Systems Laboratory (ISL) of FORTH-ICS developed − for the iMarine project − a top-level ontology for the marine domain.

Access the latest version: MarineTLO – Draft (September 2013)


BARTOC launched : A register for vocabularies


Looking for a classification system, controlled vocabulary, ontology, taxonomy, thesaurus that covers the field you are working in? The University Library of Basel in Switzerland recently launched a register containing the metadata of 600 controlled and structured vocabularies in 65 languages. Its official name: the Basel Register of Thesauri, Ontologies and Classifications (BARTOC).

High quality search

All items in BARTOC are indexed with Eurovoc, EU's multilingual thesaurus, and classified using Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) numbers down to the third level, allowing a high quality subject search. Other search characteristics are:


4th iMarine Board Meeting highlight: Presentation on application bundles


The 4th iMarine Board Meeting took place in October, 16-18, 2013 at the FAO headquarters (Italy). The presentation "iMarine products and services delivery" held by Pasquale Pagano, iMarine Technical Director, is now online available.

iMarine application bundles

The presentation focuses on the four iMarine application Bundles listed down below, showing some of their possibilities in terms of products and services.


RDA - Marine Data Harmonization Interest Group


The Marine Data Harmonization Interest Group of the Research Data Alliance is a collaborative effort to develop a common global framework for the management of marine data.

"This approach is necessary to address a number of phenomena both natural and man-made, the impacts of which require researchers from a diverse range of disciplines to work together. [...] the need for datasets increases to support the development of this ecosystem based approach to marine research." (RDA-Marine Data)