RDA Data standards for Agriculture Adopted By National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

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The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) is Europe’s top agricultural research institute and the world’s number two centre for the agricultural sciences. Being part of the Interest Group on Agricultural Data has been particularly fruitful in terms of strategic and technical advances to increase scientific data discoverability and interoperability at community level on Wheat Data for instance, or regarding semantic-based solutions for data handling and analyzing. Other RDA outputs are of importance for INRA, naming only those by the Libraries for Research Data IG which help defining the role of librarians from INRA in data management and sharing. RDA has also been the place o develop INRA’s research networks and federate to address major issue induced by the data sharing.


As a participant to groups and meetings from almost the beginning of RDA, INRA became a natural adopter of recommendations from agricultural related working groups and several others. In fact, RDA has contributed to many aspects of INRA's Open Science Policy either directly or indirectly.  Sophie Aubin, Michaël Alaux, Esther Dzalé, Odile Hologne and Cyril Pommier, INRA France


INRA adopted several RDA outputs such as:

1.   Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines. It allowed to improve FAIRness in several working groups of the Wheat Initiative, projects and infrastructures, like many other stakeholders, adopted these recommendations.

2.   Agrisemantics Working Group recommendations are being adopted or scheduled in future projects. This is needed to address some complex cases of data interoperability. To avoid effort duplication in (re)developing semantic resources for describing largely shared agricultural objects. Resources producers need incentives and tools to share their work.

3.   The eROSA Roadmap for a pan-European e-Infrastructure for Open Science in Agricultural and Food Sciences (led by INRA) significantly reflects outputs of several RDA groups, including Data Fabric’s “Recommendations for Implementing a Virtual Layer for Management of the Complete Life Cycle of Scientific Data”.

4.   “23 Things: Libraries for Research Data” by the Libraries for Research Data IG also inspired the INRA STI Department in developing data services for researchers.

5.   The FAIRsharing Registry and Recommendations: As recommended by the FAIRsharing working group, INRA describe this resource in the FAIRsharing registry and linked it with existing resources. INRA did the same with the GNPIS repository which is domain specific repository. Also, contribute to AgroPortal with semantic resources that are further referred as standards in FAIRsharing.

6.   The Data Citation of Evolving data: INRA recommends the implementation of the Data Citation working group by its databases and repositories.