Call for Council Nominations 2022

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08 February 2022 2995 reads

The RDA 2022 Council Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for three open Council positions. To ensure balanced geographical representation, applications are being sought from the regions of “The Americas” and Oceania.  

The RDA Council maintains the vision of RDA, ensuring the guiding principles of the organisation are maintained, and responsible for its  overall oversight, success, strategy, and sustainability.  Council members are expected to be “statespersons” committed to supporting the aims of RDA rather than promoting special interests, regions, domains or disciplines. 

To submit a nomination, RDA members should send a pdf package that includes a letter of nomination and two letters of endorsement from fellow RDA members to council-nominations-2022@rd-alliance.org by 14 March 2022 at 23:59 UTC.  Self-nominations are welcome.  


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Overview

The Council maintains the vision of RDA, ensuring the guiding principles of the organisation are maintained, and formally endorses RDA Working and Interest Groups and Recommendations. The Council is responsible for the overall oversight, success, strategy, and sustainability of the RDA. The powers and authority of the Council are described in the RDA Governance Document. Details of the processes governing Council membership and responsibilities are described in the Organisational and Process Plan Document.

Elected Council Members also serve as Trustees for the RDA Foundation, an official Charity registered in England and Wales under Company Number 9021881. Details are described in the Foundation’s Articles of Association.

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Membership

Council Members are nominated by a Nomination Committee and approved by the general RDA membership as described in the Organisational and Process Plan Document. In addition to the 9 elected members, the Council has one permanent representative from UKRI-STFC, and other consensus forming non-voting members representing the Organisational Advisory Board (OA and OAB), Regional Advisory Board (RAB), Technical Advisory Board (TAB), and the Secretary-General.

KEY INFORMATION:

  • The 2022 Council Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for three open Council positions. To ensure balanced geographical representation, applications are being sought from the regions of “The Americas” and Oceania.
  • Nominations consist of a Nominations Letter (candidates may self-nominate) and two endorsements (see “Application Process” for specifics).
  • Nominations should be sent by email no later than Monday 14 March 2022 at 23:59 UTC (see “Application Process” for specifics).
  • Elected Council members will serve for 3 years starting June 2022 after elections have closed and the slate has been approved by the RDA membership.

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Eligibility

Council members are expected to be “statespersons” committed to supporting the aims of RDA rather than promoting special interests, regions, domains or disciplines. Since RDA is an international organization, it is important that the Council also reflect geographic, gender, and cultural diversity. For more details on RDA Council and its role and responsibility visit the dedicated section on the RDA website.

Successful nominees are expected to

  • Be committed to the success of RDA and focus on the benefits to RDA Global over other (and regional) priorities as part of RDA Council discussions and efforts.
  • Have experience working successfully with a stakeholder community and be willing to do the same on behalf of RDA.
  • Be willing to engage actively in RDA as defined by attendance at Council meetings, attendance at Plenaries, responsiveness to RDA Council and other communications and email, and appropriate other RDA participation and travel.[1]
  • Be able to represent the entire RDA community and not their particular region, profession, expertise, or other category.
  • Contribute good judgement, strategic thinking, shared responsibility, time and attention to Council discussions and efforts.
  • Collaborate well and respectfully with other Council members, RDA leaders, and RDA members.

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Application Process:

Nominators should send a pdf package that includes a letter of nomination and two letters of endorsement (all from registered RDA community members) to council-nominations-2022@rd-alliance.org by 14 March 2022 at 23:59 UTC. Interested candidates may self-nominate but not self-endorse.

Nominations should include a short biography of the nominee and describe how the nominee fits the expectations for a successful nominee provided above.

Letters of endorsement should describe why the nominee would be a successful Council member.

MORE INFORMATION

RDA Council terms will complete at the end of May 2022 for:

  • Jill Benn
  • Robert J. Hanisch
  • Mark Leggott

All three candidates are eligible to be re-nominated for a second term. The Nominations Committee will determine a slate of 3 distinguished individuals by 27 March 2022.

As defined in the RDA Governance Document, Council chooses a Nomination Committee each year.

The Council Nomination Committee for 2022 will consist of:

  1. Robert Hanisch, Director, Office of Data and Informatics, US National Institute of Standards and Technology (Chair) (US)
  2. Juan Bicarregui, Head, Data Division, Scientific Computing Department, Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK)
  3. Natalie Harrower, Director, Digital Repository of Ireland (IE)
  4. Matthew Lucas, Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Performance, Social Sciences and Humanities, Research Council of Canada (CA)
  5. Natalie Meyers, Associate Director, Operations, Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society, University of Notre Dame (US)
  6. Andrew Treloar, Director, Platforms and Software, Australia Research Data Commons (AU)

This group provides diverse community and governance representation while still keeping the Nominations Committee small enough to be effective.

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[1] To get the most from the RDA budget, Council members are asked to seek financial support for their service through their home organizations or regional RDAs if they exist and it is possible.