Workshop on Wheat Data Standards & Interoperability: "Bringing together the building-blocks of a common framework"

October 1-2, 2014, INRA, Versailles, France 

A Workshop on Wheat Data Standards & Interoperability titled "Bringing together the building-blocks of a common framework" will take place between 1 & 2 of October 2014 at the premises of INRA, Versailles, France. The Workshop aims to bring together a group wheat researchers form various areas of expertise, along with bioinformaticians, data mangers, and data users to develop and refine a set of Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines, which will promote and sustain wheat data sharing, reusability, and interoperability.

The workshop will focus on a limited set of wheat data types: SNPs, genomic annotations, phenotypes, genetic maps, physical maps, and germplasm.

Objectives of the workshop: The main objective of the workshop is to provide guidance to the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group on which priorities should be given to data types with non standardized data formats (according to the 2014 Survey - see below), what existing use cases can be used for showcasing the gain of interoperability that linked data can bring, discuss and adjust the draft of the cookbook, and prepare a "White Paper" to publicize and communicate the recommended guidelines.

Expected outcomes:

  • A list of recommended standards for each data type
  • A list of standards to develop
  • A list of interoperability use cases
  • A "Cookbook" revised and adjusted
  • A draft “White Paper” for publicizing and communicating the recommended guidelines


The Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group (WDI) was created within the framework of the Research Data Alliance (RDA). RDA is a global initiative that aims to foster the open sharing of data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address society’s major challenges. The WDI’s goal is to provide a common, open-standard framework for describing, representing, linking, and publishing wheat data.

A survey was conducted from April 7 to June 3, 2014, to identify existing data management practices within the wheat community. Replies were received from more than 200 individuals in at least 31 different countries. A preliminary analysis of the results confirms the need for a framework and guidelines for wheat data management. 

You may find more information at the website of the Workshop.