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December Newsletter

Planning a Meeting in 2019? Organize it in Conjunction with RDA P13, April 2019 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!

If you or your colleagues are interested in organizing a specific event in the near future, you may want to consider collocating it in conjunction with RDA during its (P13) in April 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A small number of rooms are available for use at the event venue, Loews Philadelphia, as well as at Drexel University, and we are pleased to make this space available to interested parties for this purpose. If your event will be focusing on showcasing your data-related work and/or synergizing with other data experts, collocating with P13 will provide you an excellent opportunity to meet these objectives.  

To collocate with RDA for P13, simply submit your application before 4 January 2019.

RDA's 13th Plenary Call for Sessions - Deadline is 5 January

RDA welcomes submissions for session proposals for its 13th Plenary meeting to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 2nd to 4th April 2019. The deadline to submit is 5 January 2019 at 23:59 UTC. We encourage all submissions for working group breakouts, interest group breakouts and Birds of a Feather sessions, which are aimed at exploring new potential working or interest group topics. Groups are also invited to submit joint meeting applications to explore potential synergies with other groups. Submit your application today.




10th RDA WG/IG Chairs' Meeting: 9-11 January, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

On 9-11 January 2019 the RDA WG/IG Chairs Collaboration Meeting will take place in Gaithersburg, MD, USA. The meeting is open to all RDA group chairs. For more information about future updates, including a draft agenda, opportunities for group dinners, and other conversations and details please sign up to the dedicated group here.

The Research Data Alliance and Data Opportunities for Libraries - Public Lecture at the National Library of Ireland, 14 January 2019

The National Library of Ireland organises a series of  8 “Meet the Experts” talks inviting national and international speakers to present topics of relevance and interest to different stakeholders and audiences. The first one will be a public lecture: “RDA Ireland “Meet the Experts” by Hilary Hanahoe - Research Data Alliance Secretary General. Read more.

RDA UK National Node Event - 18 January, JISC, London

The RDA UK node is the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), supported by Jisc. On the 18 January 2019 (13:00 - 16:30 UTC/GMT), the UK Node be running a half-day workshop to provide an overview of the RDA, an update from the most recent RDA plenary held in Botswana, a summary of RDA working/interest groups and discussions on how to get involved and shape the direction of the UK node. The workshop will be held at Jisc's London office - 15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1BW. More information on the RDA in the UK Group page here.

Call for Contributions open for iPRES2019 - September 16-20, 2019 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

iPRES is the premier international conference on the preservation and long term management of digital materials. The 16th International Conference on Digital Preservation will be held on September 16-20, 2019 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Original contributions that describe practice- and  theory-informed approaches to scientific models, daily practice, collaborative efforts, creative solutions are invited to contribute. Read more


Group updates: 


TAB Announces New Co-Chair 

In the most recent TAB meeting held earlier this month, Paul Uhlir was selected as the TAB co-chair, replacing Andrew Treloar, who accomplished two mandates.  In accordance with TAB guidelines, Françoise Genova will remain as co-chair for one more year.  View Paul's profile, as well as the other TAB members

RDA Call for Council Nominations 

At this time, the 2019 Council Nominations Committee is soliciting nominations for 3 open Council positions. To nominate an individual for one of these positions, the Committee requests a letter of nomination and two letters of endorsement (all from RDA members) be sent to by 10 February 2019. Interested candidates may self-nominate but not self-endorse.  Learn more.  

Become an RDA Influencer: Join the Last AMA call on Wednesday, 12/12

The last "Ask Me Anything" meeting organized by the ECEIG, the Early Career and Engagement IG, will take place on Wednesday 12 December. ECEIG mentors will answer any questions you may have about how to further develop your research, how to advance in your career, or whatever questions you may have regarding your involvement in RDA. We also want your opinion about having more subject-oriented AMAs in 2019, so it would be a great opportunity to express your research needs to us and become an influecer to our 2019 AMA calendar! Discover more


Discipline Focus: 


RDA and Agriculture

Agricultural data have become increasingly important for the national and global development and sustainability strategies. Food policies, rural development, natural resources management, all benefit from the efforts to make agricultural data and knowledge more accessible.Agriculture in The RDA Interest group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) counts over 100 members from across the globe. IGAD is a discipline-specific group that promotes good practices in the research domain, including data sharing policies, data management plans, and data interoperability and provides a forum for sharing experiences and providing visibility to research and work in agricultural data. IGAD has served as a platform that has led to the creation of a series of focused domain-specific Working Groups. Discover more here .




Opening Science in France

"Anything funded by the community must be accessible to the community. Science is a common good” stated Frédérique Vidal, French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation in her address at the journées nationales de la Science Ouverte (JNSO2018). On the 4th July 2018, the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation launched the “Plan Nationale pour la Science Ouverte”, or for those who do not speak “français” the “National Plan for Open Science”. Read the blog by Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General

RDA Europe at Digital Infrastructures for Research 2018

At this year’s edition of Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R), RDA Europe, OpenAIRE, EOSC-hub, GÉANT and PRACE organised a session on “Building better collaborative national networks” aimed at discussing best practices and challenges of building national networks. Four lightning talks were given to highlight existing collaborative activities in Finland, Hungary, Portugal and Switzerland. Read the blog by Daniel Bangert and Ilaria Fava, Göttingen State and University Library.


Updates From: 


ARDC's New Vocabulary Service API

The API which underpins much of the functionality of Research Vocabularies Australia (RVA) is now publicly available. Through the use of the API, users are able to manage, access, and reuse vocabularies from within their own systems and websites. The API also enables users to create new services or extend existing service capabilities in new and creative ways. Read more


Metadata for Services and Related Collections: Good Practice Guide - Call for Feedback

During the last financial year (2017/18), the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) convened a Data Services Interest Group around data service provision and consumption across the NCRIS facilities, science agencies, universities, and broader public sector. This group is now requesting comments from interested individuals and organisations on a Good Practice Guide for the description of Metadata for Services and related Collections. Submissions close 15 Feb 2019. Read more

2018 RDA-US Early Career Announces 2018 Cohort 

The Whole Tale project, in cooperation with the US region of the Research Data Alliance (RDA/US)and its early career fellowship program RDA-US Data Shareare pleased to announce their selection of the 2018 cohort of fellows. The joint WT-RDA/US fellowship is an extension of the RDA-US Data Share program, formed in 2015 through grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The program aims at strengthening fellows’ careers and their institutions in computational research, data science, and data sharing through engagement with innovative projects and organizations such as WT and RDA. Through self-directed projects and discussions fellows will engage with both the WT and RDA communities and explore issues related to reproducibility, provenance, sharing, and citation in computational research that combines software and data. With support from the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation, the joint WT-RDA/US program awarded eight fellowships this year:

  • Ashirwad Barnwal; PhD student; Department of Civil Engineering at Iowa State University
  • Deborah A. Garwood; PhD student; Department of Information Science at Drexel University
  • Santiago Núñez-Corrales; doctoral candidate; Informatics program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Angela Okune; doctoral candidate; Anthropology Department at the University of California
  • Irvine Christina Ore; senior analyst; the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Health Services Division (PYHSD)
  • Hyoungjoo Park; doctoral candidate; School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Cheryl Thompson; postdoctoral researcher; iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fellows begin their term in November 2018 and finish with the attendance of the 13th RDA plenary in Philadelphia, PA. They will report their findings during the plenary and via other outlets. Learn more

Princeton University Seeks Director of Princeton Research Data Service

Princeton University seeks a visionary and innovative leader to create and direct the new Princeton Research Data Service (PRDS). The Director will provide overall leadership for the establishment of a strong collaborative initiative with the campus research community, guiding Princeton researchers toward best practices in data collection, data formatting, data maintenance, data access, and data management. Learn more.

Plenary Updates: 


RDA's 13th Plenary - Sponsorship Opportunities

Exclusive sponsor partnerships are a prime opportunity to showcase technological and research excellence and benefit from high-level visibility. Sponsoring RDA Plenary 13th will be a rewarding business development and partnership opportunity. The various levels of visibility can also be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Different promotional opportunities available for sponsoring RDA Plenary 13th. Learn more.



Recommendations & Outputs: 


Recommendation on PID Kernel Information is on Community Review until 20 January 2019. The key challenge of the PID Kernel Information working group was to determine which from amongst thousands of relevant metadata elements are suitable to embed in the PID record. This recommendation lays out principles to guide in the identification of information suitable for inclusion in the PID record. Have your say.