Data, Research, interesting people, and Barcelona. Four ingredients that have made my first participation at the RDA plenary an extremely enjoyable experience.
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My work is in digital collaborative learning, and I am very interested in how standards for educational data are developing. I was hoping to find discussions about this at the RDA Plenary, but there were no specific sections on educational data. It is possible that the field is too young, and needs more time to come to an internal understanding, before we begin the process of formalizing standards and protocols.
I am a post-doc researching collaborative learning at EPFL in Switzerland. I have long been interested in Open Access and innovations in how scientists communicate, because I believe that the goal of our work should be to advance science and be able to build upon each others' work. Initially, most of my work was around activism for Open Access publishing, like choosing OA journals, or self-archiving pre/post-prints for the many journals that allow that. Later, I became interested in the publishing formats in themselves (PDF is not ideal), standards for metadata, etc.
The 9th Plenary Meeting took place in Barcelona, (Spain), I had the opportunity to assist thanks to the early career program, whose aim is to introduce young researchers and scientists in activities of RDA giving them the opportunity to participate in Working Group and Interest Group activities.