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“I entered into the data profession about three and a half years ago. I found the community to be very welcoming. The ideas of ethics and sustainability are starting to be brought forward more strongly now. Data aren’t just digits in the memory. They have real world effects in real world situations.
As promised, here is the second part of the blog. At the event, held in St. Petersburg, Russia as part of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Plenary XIII, where I represented RDA, we spent all day discussing the value and best practices around data sharing. From the draft notes, here are the recommendations from that event:
"GEO Members and POs should:
I’m passionate about the transfer we’re seeing in research: moving from a cottage industry to a place where knowledge is increasingly coming through trusted processes.Research data will be an output that can be used by lots of people.The problem we have in research is that lots of people can’t use the data. If we can create a trusted environment we can make a big difference to the way data is used.
I attended the first Research Data Alliance workshop held in sunny Birmingham which was designed to bring together practitioners from across the UK to find out more about the work of the RDA. It was also a chance to see how we might be able to contribute and benefit from what the organisation has to offer.