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The Research Data Alliance Wheat Data Interoperability working group aims to build an integrated Wheat information system for the international community of wheat researchers, growers, and breeders.

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In 2013, an international group of leaders in the data community joined forces to create the Research Data Alliance (RDA) with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the European Commission, and the Australian government. The RDA has since grown to encompass more than 2,600 members from more than 90 countries.

Twice a year, RDA members meet face-to-face at plenary meetings worldwide to coordinate activities and advance their efforts. An example is RDA's Data Type Registries, which seeks to make it easier for researchers to create machine-readable and researcher-accessible data based on an archive of common data structures. The registries will help support the accurate use of data to reproduce experiments, confirm findings, and interoperate among data sets. These infrastructure products already are being adopted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, European Data Infrastructure, and other groups.

Another effort now underway is RDA's Wheat Data Interoperability working group, which includes the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center. The objective is to build an integrated wheat information system for the international community of wheat researchers, growers, and breeders.

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