April Newsletter: 2nd Release of COVID-19 Recommendations, Plenary Announcements, Staying Engaged with RDA and more!!!

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30 Apr 2020

April Newsletter: 2nd Release of COVID-19 Recommendations, Plenary Announcements, Staying Engaged with RDA and more!!!

RDA COVID-19 Working Group Recommendations and Guidelines: 2nd Release Published

During the week since the first release we have seen the addition of two cross-cutting COVID-19 sub-groups focusing on Legal and Ethical aspects and Software. The seven sub-groups have kept up their relentless pace and the main updates in this version, with respect to the 1st release on the 24 April 2020, include:

  • Section 3 -Foundational Principles/Recommendations - modifications
  • Section 4 - Clinical - updated
  • Section 6 - Epidemiology - revised
  • Section 8 - Omics - revised
  • Section 9 - Overarching Research Software Guidelines - new sub-section 9.3 initial guidelines for policy makers included
  • Section 10 - Overarching Legal and Ethical Guidelines added

Furthermore, the editorial team have incorporated some of the feedback received via the Requests for Comments (RfC) process and sent directly to Co-chairs, Sub-group moderators and the Editorial team.

The social sciences and community participation sub-groups are working on updates and additions for future releases.

You are invited to visit each of the sub-group pages (accessible from the COVID-19 Working Group landing page) to see specific ongoing activities and links to documents and resources.

Read entire article here

Additional Opportunities for Community Feedback               

Greek Bottom-Up Initiative to Collaborate and Support COVID-19 Research

Blog post by Elli Papadopoulou



  • May 1, 2020
    RDA Ireland Meet the Expert: Rebecca Grant - "Research data in Ireland: from policy requirements to researcher incentives"
    In this talk, Rebecca Grant (Research Data Manager at Springer Nature and doctoral candidate at University College Dublin) will discuss how research data policy and practiced have evolved in Ireland since 2014, including data from a survey of Irish organisations conducted in 2018. Learn more
  • May 1-3, 2020
    EIT Digital DeepHack To Develop Data-Driven Solutions For Epidemic And Pandemic Lifecycle Management
    EIT Digital challenges individual students, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs as well as teams from start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs and corporates to find digital solutions for data driven epidemic and pandemic lifecycle management. Learn more
  • May 6, 2020
    Research Data Alliance (RDA) UK and OpenAIRE Workshop
    This is the third and final workshop of the RDA UK node, which will be run jointly with OpenAIRE on the theme of building bridges across open science in the UK. This is a chance to find out about RDA and OpenAIRE activities in open science, in particular in the areas of training, FAIR data, and certification. The aim of this event it to connect researchers, open science facilitators, research facilitators, repository managers, policy makers, funders and librarians with a strong focus on FAIR. Learn more
  • May 25-29, 2020
    RDA Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Online Meeting "Sharing Experiences and Creating Digital Dialogues"
    This meeting, initially scheduled to take place in Italy in April 2020, will now take place as a virtual meeting. The virtual meeting will provide an online platform to continue to build upon collaborations, knowledge sharing, and developing innovations with activities including panel sessions, group discussions and presentations. Learn more
  • July 21-24, 2020
    EASA 2020: Digital Research Infrastructures In Social And Cultural Anthropology
    The history of EASA conferences started 30 years ago in Portugal, in Coimbra, with the conference 'Anthropology and Europe'. Now EASA2020 is inviting you all to join in celebrating the anniversary and deliberating the present in Lisbon, at the conference New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe, taking place from 21 to 24 July 2020. This event will now take place virtually. Learn more
  • December 1-2, 2020
    EDDI20: 12th Annual European DDI User Conference
    Paris - Aubervilliers (France). EDDI20 is organized jointly by the The Center for Socio-Political Data, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and IDSC of IZA - International Data Service Center of the Institute for the Study of Labor. The conference will bring together DDI users and professionals from all over Europe and the world. Learn more
Group updates: 

Newly Endorsed Groups

Council Elections

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 slate of candidates for RDA Council was approved by the RDA membership. We welcome Joyce Gosata Maphanyane, from the University of Botswana. Thank you to Edit Herczog and Sandra Collins, who will be staying on for a second term, and Kay Raseroka, who will remain as an emeritus member. View the full slate at https://rd-alliance.org/about-rda/our-leadership/rda-council.html.

Our Members: 

Tips for Staying Engaged with the RDA Community

In the last couple of months, RDA has received an influx of new members. We are now approaching 11,000 members in total! To help you sort through the different facets and opportunities that accompany an RDA membership, we’d like to offer you some information that will help you to identify ways to engage with us. There are currently about 30 Working Groups (WGs) and about 60 Interest Groups (IGs) actively addressing topics across RDA to further that goal. The groups conduct much of their work online and virtually, and many also have breakout sessions at the biannual RDA Plenaries.

We welcome your participation in any of these groups. These links (WGs/IGs) will allow you to review specific groups you may be interested in. Alternatively, you can start your own group. Learn more here.

Our RDA Plenary meetings are held twice a year and are rotated around the world (with the exception of P15 and P16) to allow maximum participation. All Plenaries offer an “RDA for Newcomers” session, where you can meet long-standing RDA members and leaders, while connecting with new members like yourself. For more robust detail on RDA, our website offers a Newcomer’s page that will provide you loads of details on further “ins and outs” of our organization. And feel free to contact our Secretariat if you have any questions or concerns. Ultimately, we hope your membership allows you to experience new interactions with fellow members from different specialties.

We hope you’ll take full advantage of everything RDA has to offer and look forward to your participation!


Updates From: 

Remote Meeting Guide Resource from RDA

With the experience we gained as an organization in holding Virtual Plenary 15, and with so many of you now embracing remote meetings due to COVID-19, the RDA Secretariat and Technical Advisory Board have compiled the following guidelines, best practices and resources to assist you in holding remote meetings. The document is editable, with the expectation that many of you will provide additional suggestions, furthering the overall usefulness of this guide. The Remote Meeting Guide is located under Plenaries and Events > Training & Webinars and at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OHaIs3N9Es3tfEIZdwouRkw1jnqgI4pQpIFZ3aCFaQ4/edit?usp=sharing.

Plenary Updates: 

Virtual Plenary 15 Recap 

We’ve now had a couple of weeks to regroup after our first virtual plenary meeting and are excited to share with you some highlights and feedback regarding the event at https://www.rd-alliance.org/virtual-plenary-15-recap.  This summary, and the additional feedback received during the past month, will be incorporated into a final assessment report to be made available to the RDA community in the coming weeks.   On behalf of the Plenary 15 Organising Committee, thank you. Because of your involvement and support, RDA is looking forward to hosting more meetings of this type in the future (see P16 announcement below).


Plenary 16 Announces Virtual Meeting Format

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, RDA has been contemplating the feasibility of holding its face-to-face plenary in Costa Rica in November. Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our community, the anticipation of continued travel and budget constraints, and the success of RDA’s most recently held Virtual Plenary 15, the organizing committee has decided to move forward in planning another virtual meeting (VP 16). VP 16 will provide attendees the opportunity to remotely attend plenary sessions, participate in multiple breakout sessions, attend poster sessions and collaborate with attendees. In the coming weeks, expect to see more announcements regarding RDA’s Call for Sessions and Posters for VP 16.  

On behalf of the Plenary 16 organizing committee, thank you in advance for your support and understanding. Although an in-person event may still be able to take place in Costa Rica, it is too soon to make that decision and if it does move forward, we expect a more simplified meeting format than our typical plenary event, with a much smaller audience. Details on an in-person event will be shared with the community as they become available. In the interim, if you have any questions/concerns, please contact us.  

Plenary 17 – Save the Date!

The Digital Curation Centre, STFC-UKRI and Jisc will be hosting RDA'S 17th Plenary meeting on 20-22 April 2021 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Planning is underway for both a virtual and in-person meeting, with details to be shared in the upcoming weeks and months. In the interim, learn more about this beautiful city by visiting this video at https://youtu.be/KWvetfOImP4.


Plenary 18, Part of International Data Week 2021

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. Learn more at https://www.rd-alliance.org/plenaries/rda-18th-plenary-meeting-part-international-data-week-2021-8–11-november-2021-seoul-south. 

Recommendations & Outputs: 

New Adoption Video 

Norwegian Centre for Research Data adopts RDA DMP Common Standard for Machine-actionable Data Management Plans Recommendation

RDA Launches Adoption Awareness Campaign

In the upcoming weeks, the RDA Secretariat and Adoption committee will be launching an adoption awareness campaign to demonstrate RDA’s wide variety of Recommendations, which were developed to address the numerous challenges experienced by the international data community. Organised around the research data lifecycle, RDA will promote numerous Recommendations and adoption examples through various communication channels, including a series of webinars profiling various Recommendations and adoption projects.

CODATA Data Science Journal Special Collection on RDA – Deadline is 17 July

The RDA Europe 4.0 has been granted an extension by the European Commission, and will be contributing to promoting the RDA work on a global level till the end of September 2020. The project supports the publication of a maximum of 30 articles in the CODATA Data Science Journal Special collection on RDA. We still have funds to pay your Article Processing Charges (APC) and therefore extend the call for papers till 17 July, but hurry, as we work on a first come first served basis. This Call for Papers is open to all interested applicants regardless of their geographical provenance. The call and submission process is available here: https://www.rd-alliance.org/call-papers-research-data-alliance-results-special-collection