April Newsletter - Membership Survey, VP17 Recap, Challenges of Curating for Reproducible and FAIR Research and more

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28 Apr 2021

April Newsletter - Membership Survey, VP17 Recap, Challenges of Curating for Reproducible and FAIR Research and more

RDA Member Survey Individual Membership Fees

The RDA has grown significantly since its inception in 2013, and must now develop a new financial sustainability model, as original sources of seed funding are no longer available or sufficient to keep running the organisation. In December 2020, the RDA Council set up a Financial Sustainability Task Force to openly investigate a series of different financial and business models.


The idea of an individual membership fee is currently being discussed as one of a number of approaches to improving the long-term financial stability of the organization.


Your feedback on RDA individual membership fees is needed so we can properly assess this potential model. As this is both an important and urgent issue for the RDA, we very much appreciate your participation in this short, anonymous survey that will be open until 31 May 2021.


Please learn more and complete the survey at https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-member-survey-individual-membership-fees.

Virtual Plenary 17 Highlights

Virtual Plenary 17 concluded last week and was attended by more than 800 members. Thank you to all who participated, especially our local organisers, speakers, sponsors and poster presenters. It goes without saying, but the planning and dedication from all these individuals contributed to the success of this event.


For those that did attend, please take a few minutes to complete the VP17 feedback survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RDAVP17.


For those who did not attend (or to remind those that did), here is a brief recap from the week:

  • The Plenary opening and the Scottish welcome by the Nevis band
  • More than 80 Working and Interest group sessions and Birds of a Feather sessions
  • Keynote presentations by Dr Jeni Tennison of Open Data Institute, Susan K Gregorick of National Institute of Health and Professor Richard Gold of McGill University's Centre for Intellectual Property
  • An RDA and IDCC unconference comprising eight sessions covering topics including but not limited to topics of FAIR, data stewardship, PIDs and data sharing
  • Poster presentations featuring more than 50 attendees - Congratulations to Robert Ulrich, Nina Weisweiler & Michael Witt for their poster ‘re3data - Discovering FAIR enabling repositories’
  • An Outputs and Adoption session that included information on Sustainable Development Goals and developments within the Agriculture Community of Practice
  • A presentation by Secretary General Hilary Hanahoe, Natalie Harrower and Rebecca Koskela, who discussed Implementation Priorities for 2021 and Financial Sustainability
  • A Panel Discussion titled ‘Facilitating Greater Data Reuse: Lessons and Examples from Practice’
  • A memorable ceilidh lesson led by RDA VP17 Organising Committee member, Patricia Herterich

Attendees can also access most of the recordings from the event at https://rda-idcc.junolive.co/RDAVP17/Pre-Recordings (due to additional editing, some are taking slightly longer to process).


All VP17 recordings will become available to the community via the RDA's YouTube channel on 28 May.

Group updates: 


Council Member Elections

Remember to vote and accept or reject the appointment of our slate of candidates. If approved, these candidates will join Council to serve a three-year term. Elections end on 4 May at 23:59 UTC.


All three of our candidates are looking to serve a second term and include Dr. Claudia Bauzer Medeiros, Full Professor, Institute of Computing, University of Campinas, Brazil; Dr Ingrid Dillo, Deputy Director, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS); and Dr Jason Haga, Chief Senior Research Scientist and Research Planning Manager, The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).


Our Members: 


RDA Community & Impact: April Statistics

Check out this month's issue of our RDA in a Nutshell.


Updates From: 


Call for FAIR experts: Apply and join the Booksprint for FAIR Adoption Handbook for Universities

The FAIRsFAIR project is holding a collaborative Book Sprint from 1-10 June to develop a handbook for practical implementation of FAIR in curricula, and is looking for experts who teach FAIR data principles to help! Event details and dates here: http://bit.ly/3u7rg2k


Plenary Updates: 


International Data Week and Plenary 18

The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) are delighted to announce that the 2021 edition of International Data Week (IDW 2021) will be held on 8–11 November 2021 in Seoul, South Korea.

Latest Updates:

  • To maximise participation and in response to ongoing travel restrictions, the event will be organised in an innovative hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual participation
  • Sponsorship Packages Now Available
  • Deadline extended to 30 April: Call for Sessions SciDataCon 2021
  • “Introducing IDW 2021” – Webinar Recording Now Available

Learn more.

SAVE THE DATE: International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, 23–26 October 2023, Salzburg, Austria

The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and RDA have announced  International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, taking place on 23–26 October 2023, in Salzburg, Austria. Learn more.


Recommendations & Outputs: 


Community Review - Request for Comments