Deadline for P15 Sessions, Webinar “Why Should I Attend the 15th Plenary in Melbourne”, Council Nominations, Adoption stories, P14 Blogs and more: our November newsletter is out!

You are here

27 Nov 2019

Deadline for P15 Sessions, Webinar “Why Should I Attend the 15th Plenary in Melbourne”, Council Nominations, Adoption stories, P14 Blogs and more: our November newsletter is out!

Data for Real-World Impact
RDA Plenary 15th meeting in Melbourne, Australia

As one of the founding regions of RDA in 2013, Australia has always been a strong supporter and driver of RDA. Organising the Plenary meeting in Australia offers regional researchers and data professionals an opportunity to engage and work with the RDA community, as well as offering the international data community the unique chance to learn more about the exciting activities and developments in the Australian data landscape. The RDA Plenary meeting will be organised in conjunction with the annual C3DIS (Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science), taking place in Melbourne on 16 - 18 March 2020. C3DIS aims to build a national community of practice of scientists, researchers, and computing, data and information management specialists.


All of these professionals share a common interest: the production of breakthrough science outcomes that require large scale, complex computations and analyses to be carried out over massive data sets.

Mark the dates in your diary and check the dedicated page for updates.


The 15th Plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance will take place from 18 - 20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, MCEC ( The event will be hosted by CSIRO (Cnot key facts


P15 not-to-be-missed:


Deadline for P15 Group Session Submissions Extended to 5 December 2019

The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, 23:59 UTC. ►Submit now


What is RDA and Why Should I Attend the 15th Plenary in Melbourne? Webinar, 11 December 2019
Join your colleagues in the data community to learn more about RDA and why you should attend the 15th Plenary. Speakers include Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General, and three RDA members from Australia: Jill Benn (University of Western Australia), Frankie Stevens (AARNet), and Jens Klump (CSIRO). ►Register here


RDA EU Travel grants for the 15th RDA Plenary

RDA Europe is offering up to 7 Early Careers and 5 Experts grants designed to support participation to the 15th RDA Plenary meeting (18-20 March 2020, Melbourne, Australia). The submission deadline for both is the 3rd of February 2020, 17:00 CET. ► Read more & apply


Congratulations to our new TAB Members!

The RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB) election polls closed on 6 November 2019 and 5 new members have been elected to serve on TAB for a 3-year term:

  • Helen Glaves (Europe and Africa), Senior Data Scientist at the British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • Devika Madalli (Asia and Oceania), Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute
  • Anthony Oko-Isu (Europe and Africa), Lecturer Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Nigeria
  • Rob Quick (Americas), Associate Director at the Science Gateways Research Center
  • Sa-kwang Song (Asia and Oceania), Professor at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)

Both Paul Uhlir and Tobias Weigel have now officially finished their term on TAB following many years of service. Last but not least, this year also marks a change in the TAB chairs. Françoise Genova, CDS, who has supported TAB since the very beginning stands down as co-chair. 

Finally, Raed Sharif has informed us that he will step down from TAB at the end of November 2019. We are very grateful for his service to the community on TAB. Based on RDA governance policies for TAB elections, TAB members can resign at any time during their term. If a place on the TAB is vacated during a person’s term, Council will determine how that slot will be filled. Council has invited Jeremy Geelen to substitute Raed and he has kindly accepted. We warmly welcome Jeremy to TAB and thank him for accepting the invitation.

► Read the message by RDA Secretary General Hilary Hanahoe


Call for Council Nominations 2020 now open!

In April 2020, Sandra Collins, Edit Herczog, and Helen Kay Raseroka complete their three year term on Council. Both Sandra Collins and Edit Herczog are eligible to be re-nominated for a second term, Helen Kay Raseroka is completing her second term and is not eligible to be re-nominated. The call for Council nominations is now open!  ►Interested candidates should review the details, timelines and application procedures at the dedicated page.


Calling RDA Community for review

The RDA community is invited to comment on the following:


Engaging Researchers with Data Interest Group - Group Charter

Published by Marta Teperek on 27 November 2019

Good research data Management (RDM) is  a key component of research integrity and reproducible research. Consequently, funding bodies, governments, research institutions and other agencies have emphasised the value and importance of good data management. However, discussions about data management and sharing are sometimes limited to librarians, data professionals, or researchers who are already passionate about data stewardship and openscience. ►Provide your comment


RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals IG Charter

Published by Ingvill Constanze Mochmann on 14 November 2019

Achieving interoperable data to advance the SDGs will require best practices, recommendations, technologies, and support of capacity building - which is in direct alignment with many of RDA’s ongoing and upcoming outputs, recommendations, interest group, and working group activities. ► Provide your comment


Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook

Published by Marta Teperek on 06 November 2019

Engaging Researchers with Data Management is an invaluable collection of 24 case studies, drawn from institutions across the globe, that demonstrate clearly and practically how to engage the research community with RDM. These case studies together illustrate the variety of innovative strategies research institutions have developed to engage with their researchers about managing research data.  ► Provide your comment




EOSC meets the research data international community at RDA Helsinki

On the 22nd of October 2019, the University of Aalto, Helsinki, Finland hosted the first EOSC event of 2019: The International Research Data Community contributing to EOSC. The event was organised by, the H2020 project mandated to support the EOSC Governance, in collaboration with the EOSC Executive Board and the Research Data Alliance (RDA). The outcomes of the event are summarised in this article.


RDA Ireland Meet the Expert: Dr Bahareh Heravi - Communicating scientific data to the public: how could data journalism come to the rescue?

On the 29th of November a new "Meet The Expert" lecture focussed on communicating scientific data to the public and on the role data journalism can play in addressing the challenges of knowledge transfer and dissemination of scientific information to the broader audiences. In her talk, Dr. Bahareh Heravi discussed the meeting ground between researchers, information specialists, who are the data producers and curators and data journalists who can support in leveraging the potential of scientific data. ►Learn more

Research Bazaar 2020: Research data for everyone. 8 January 2020, Oslo, Norway

How are the things you work with data? How can you make better use of data in your research? And how can you share data? The Research Bazaar is a worldwide festival for researchers, by researchers, aimed to help make research faster, smarter and better. The focus is on digital skills and tools important for modern-day research. ►Read more


Our Members: 


RDA Organisational & Affiliate Members

Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet)

AarnetAustralia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) provides extremely high-speed, high-quality and resilient broadband connectivity and services tailored to meet the unique needs of researchers and research institutions, including solutions for data transfer, storage and analysis, unified communications, video conferencing and WiFi roaming. AARNet’s powerful network infrastructure, expertise and services enable Australia’s participation at the forefront of teaching, learning and research on a global scale and are fundamental to driving innovation in today’s digital economy. AARNet continuously looks at ways to leverage new and emerging technologies and practices to support research and accelerate research outcomes. In this endeavour, AARNet seeks to both contribute to and benefit from the work of the RDA. AARNet is looking forward to welcoming the RDA community to Melbourne in 2020 for the RDA Plenary.Learn more about AARNet’s services and involvement with RDA.


Discipline Focus: 


Interview: Open research and data sharing: Are we hearing what researchers are telling us?

Fiona Murphy, once a scholarly publisher, now an independent scholarly communications consultant, has been working with funders, institutions, learned societies, and research project teams to support twenty-first century scholarship. She has recently been appointed one of twelve Research Data Alliance Ambassadors, with particular emphasis on supporting good research data practices in the scholarly publishing world and within that an emphasis on learned societies and the Global South. We asked Fiona to tell us what she’s learned from researchers about data sharing. ►Read more


Key steps towards building bioinformatics capacity worldwide

Highlights of the RDA Europe Ambassadorial work in the area of Bioinformatics.  The rapid growth in the volume and diversity of biological data promise a better understanding of the basic biological processes. But to analyse these data and transform this information into new insights, life science researches need new skills in data manipulation, computer science and statistics. There is a growing demand all around the world for training in data management, large scale analysis, machine learning or data visualisation. ►Read more


Plenary Updates: 


Plenary 14th stories told by RDA Early Careers and Experts


Presentations & Recordings

Presentations and recordings of RDA P14 plenary sessions are now available. ►Visit the programme page.





Recommendations & Outputs: 


Adoption stories - Adoption Grant introductions

In December 2018, RDA Europe issued an open call for projects adopting outputs from the RDA’s various Working and Interest Groups. Following recommendations from external evaluators, eight funding grants were awarded in April 2019. A blog series introduces the eight Adoption Grant cases, giving an overview of their project remits and demonstrating the practical approaches organisations can take when looking to implement the RDA’s Recommendations & Outputs.