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A Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of the Research Data Alliance

Celebrating a Decade of Data: The RDA’s 10th Anniversary Highlights

10 months to celebrate 10 years of the RDA

Each month of 2023, from February to November, was dedicated to a specific theme related to research data management of relevance to the RDA community. The RDA Secretariat and regional bodies organised various thematic events and activities (e.g., webinars, workshops and podcasts) to meet the objectives detailed above. 

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JANUARY – 10th Anniversary launch

Event/Activity Date/Time Contact
RDA US Podcast on Reflections from early RDA members
Françoise Genova and Andrew Treloar, former RDA Technical Advisory Board Chairs, share memories of their experience as early members of RDA and their eight-year journey together as the co-chairs of the RDA Technical Advisory Board as well as their thoughts on future directions.
Listen here
  Monday
9 January
Stephanie Hagstrom
FAIR Data Podcast on Identifiers
The FAIR Data Podcast provides a window into the latest trends and developments, and what’s coming, and serves as a hopefully lively and entertaining resource for the growing FAIR Data community of interest. In this episode Tibor Kalman and Sven Bingert, from the GWDG in Goettingen, provide an overview of the rapidly evolving PID landscape, and insights into possible developments in the near future.
Listen here
Wednesday
18 January
Rory Macneil 
Machine Centric Science Podcast on Identifiers
The Machine-Centric Science Podcast is about the FAIR principles in practice, for scientists who want to compound their impacts, not their errors. In this episode, we celebrate the RDA’s 2023 “decade of data” and its January’s focus on Identifiers via an interview with Christophe Blanchi, currently executive director at the DONA Foundation in Switzerland, which operates infrastructure for the Handle system (including DOIs) and stewards protocol specifications for identifier resolution and digital object interfacing.
Listen here
Wednesday
18 January
Donny Winston
FAIRPoints ‘Ask me Anything’ webinar on Identifiers
A discussion about what different types of identifiers are available, why are they important for creating FAIRDigital objects, how are they relevant to researchers and how to apply them and integrate them in research practices.
Watch the recording and see the notes
Thursday
26 January
10:00 – 12:00
Sara El-Gebali

FEBRUARY – FAIR data, software and hardware

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
RDA US Podcast featuring the FAIR for Virtual Research Environments (VRE) Working Group
The RDA FAIR for VRE WG talk about their motivations for starting the group, as well as their challenges faced, impacts addressed, outputs produced, and how to get involved.
Listen here
Monday
6 February
Stephanie Hagstrom
RDA Speed Networking Event 
Want to meet more people involved in research data? All are welcome to the first Research Data Alliance (RDA) Online Speed Networking Event. Have fun chatting with others in the RDA community – colleagues both old and new. Speed networking is an energizing and powerful way to make several great connections in a short amount of time. Never participated in Speed Networking? No problem, you are not alone – come try it out!
Wednesday
15 February
UTC 16:00 – 17:00
Stephanie Hagstrom
Machine Centric Science Podcast on Software and Workflows
This podcast delves into real-life examples of how organizations and individuals in the research ecosystem are implementing the FAIR principles. Each episode explores the challenges and choices made in the process, as well as the resources used to overcome those challenges. Our goal is to share knowledge, foster communities of practice, and inspire the adoption of similar solutions across disciplines. Join us as we strive for better data management and accessibility through the FAIR principles.
Listen here
Friday
7 February
Donny Winston
FAIRPoints ‘Ask me Anything’ webinar on Software and Workflows
A discussion about what the FAIRification of software and workflows look like, the available tools/infrastructures that support this process, why FAIRification is important and how it is applicable to researchers.
Watch the recording and see the notes 
Tuesday
21 February
10:00 – 11:30
Sara El-Gebali
‘RDA for FAIR’ community cross-fertilisation workshop
The workshop brings RDA groups and community members together with the wider research data community for a discussion about the future of FAIR data and software. Read more about the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshop series to commemorate ‘A Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of the RDA’.
See the workshop summary
Thursday
23 February
08:30-10:15
Connie Clare

Kathryn Barker

FAIR Data Podcast on Software and Workflows
This week on the FAIR Data Podcast, Rory is joined by Michael R. Crusoe, co-founder and project lead of the Common Workflow Language (CWL) project for a special edition of the podcast coming out in conjunction with the 10th anniversary celebration of the RDA, with this month being dedicated to Software!
Listen here
Tuesday
28 February
Rory Macneil 
WorldFAIR: Image sharing systems and practices in Cultural Heritage
WorldFAIR Work Package 13 (WP13) presents their landscaping report identifying how Cultural Heritage institutions engage with FAIR (examining formats and image delivery technologies). This workshop will aim to have a community discussion around this report.
Joining information will be emailed to participants prior to the meeting. If you have not received the relevant information please contact alexandra.delipalta@rda-foundation.org.
See the slides and watch the recording 
Tuesday
28 February
15:00 – 16:00
Beth Knazook

Alexandra Delipalta

MARCH – A Decade of Data

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
FAIR Data Podcast on Community Development with Connie Clare 
RDA Community development manager, Connie Clare, talks about her efforts to engage researchers and drive culture change towards better RDM/data practices. In this episide, Connie talks about her current role at the RDA and her previous role at 4TU.ResearchData. She shares her experiences based on connecting on a personal level through interactions such as sharing success stories, identifying barriers and pain points.
Listen here
Wednesday
15 March
Rory Macneil 
A Decade of Data: RDA 20th Plenary, Gothenburg
The Research Data Alliance will celebrate its 10th Anniversary Plenary Meeting in Sweden, going back to where RDA was launched in March 2013. Following on from the success of the 19th Plenary meeting held in a hybrid format for the first time, P20 will take place in Sweden’s second-largest city – Gothenburg.
Plenary highlights here 
Tuesday
21 to
Thursday
23 March
RDA Secretariat
FAIR Data Podcast with Gabriela Meijas
Gabriela Meijas, Community Manager at DataCite, talks about her previous and current work. Gabi shares how her journey led to her current role as Community Manager at DataCite. As the conversation develops, Gabi shares details on current and upcoming projects at DataCite, including the FAIR Impact and Core projects, which aim to implement a FAIR EOSC web of services. Rory and Gabi also discuss the DataCite PIDs graph, which helps to connect research entities with PIDs such as DataCite DOIs, ORCID IDs, and CrossRef DOIs.
Listen here  
Wednesday
29 March
Rory Macneil 

APRIL – Health and medical data

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
FAIR Data Podcast with Rorie Edmunds 
This week Rory is joined by Rorie Edmunds, Samples Community Manager at DataCite, for a fascinating conversation focused on the adoption and implementation of PIDs for samples in the form of International Generic Sample Number DOIs (IGSNs).
Listen here
Wednesday
12 April
Rory Macneil 
Fireside chat: reflections and insights from a decade of GA4GH and RDA
Join the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) and the RDA for a fireside chat where we will reflect on our 10th anniversaires. discuss major milstones achieved, and share future plans towards advancing open and FAIR data sharing.
Watch the recording
Wednesday
19 April
08:00 – 08:45
Connie Clare
The Research Data Alliance Post-Plenary 20 Webinar
The RDA’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB) is hosting a post-Plenary 20 webinar to share the takeaways of the breakout sessions held during the event and discuss next steps. The webinar aims to provide attendees a clearer understanding of the collaboration approaches among RDA groups, as well as an opportunity to hear directly from group chairs on their vision for future activities. The webinar agenda will mirror the RDA Pathways developed by the TAB to help community members navigate Plenary sessions, RDA groups, outputs and more.
Watch Webinar 1 and Webinar 2
Thursday
20 April
07:30 – 08:30
&
17:00 – 18:00
Connie Clare
‘RDA for Health and Medical Data’ community cross-fertilisation workshop
The workshop brings RDA groups and community members together with the wider research data community for a discussion about the future of Health and Medical Data. Read more about the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshop series to commemorate ‘A Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of the RDA’.
See the workshop summary
Wednesday
26 April
11:00 – 12:45
Connie Clare

Kathryn Barker

MAY – Metadata and technical infrastructure

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
Harmonizing Descriptions of Research Data Repositories
The RDA’s Data Repository Attributes Working Group has been developing a list of common attributes that can be used to describe data repositories along with examples that showcase different approaches that repositories are taking to express and expose metadata about themselves. The group seeks to improve the discoverability and interoperability of repositories with registries, tools, and other infrastructure related to research data. They’re excited to outline their process and to share the draft list of repository attributes for additional community input before they submit their work for review to become an RDA Recommendation towards the end of the year.
Watch the recording
Wednesday
3 May
12:30 – 13:30
Michael Witt
DDI, FAIR, and the emergent role of active metadata: a CODATA-DDI Alliance webinar for the RDA Decade of Data
The DDI community has provided metadata standards and encouraged data reuse for more than two decades among the social, behavioural and economic sciences, public health research, and within the world of official statistics. This workshop describes the key metadata approaches and data management tools they have developed, and how these have changed over time to address the needs of FAIR data sharing, both within and across domain boundaries. The workshop will be of interest to those both in the traditional DDI community and to those who are interested in how FAIR implementation has emerged within a mature data-sharing culture.
Watch the recording
Thursday
4 May
14:00 – 16:00
Arofan Gregory

Laura Molloy

Understanding Decentralised Science (DeSci): Blockchain inspired approaches for research communities
From the very first scientific letters to large scale infrastructure projects like CERN, scientists, governments and the public have been debating scientific reform. How can we improve quality of life with better, more inclusive science with reduced waste? The phenomenal success of blockchain technology since the inception of bitcoin 2009 has catalysed a new interest in open standards, practical applications of digital signatures and new ways of coordinating human behaviour. The DeSci movement has condensed this effort into a set of ideas and protocols that aim to revolutionise how science is funded, published, monetised and validated. Learn about how to tokenize your IP, get rewarded for data access, review and participation and how to set your own research agenda. Join us to look beyond the hype for the real potential of genuine reform.
Saturday
13 May
16:00 – 20:00
Dan Bolser
Expanding Scholix to support software: your input required
The RDA/WDS Scholarly Link Exchange (Scholix) working group has generated a Scholix metadata schema, helped implement this schema in multiple Scholix hubs and other infrastructure providers, and built a community that provides data citation services. The group has been in maintenance mode since 2019 and continues to work on Scholix adoption with repositories, publishers and other industry groups, along with work with the software community over the past year to explore expanding the schema to support software linking and citation. This event will discuss: (i) Background on/history of the development of the Scholix schema; (ii) Motivations for adding software; (iii) A first draft of the modified schema; (iv) Instances/examples of the schema showing how software is captured and what kinds of relationships to data and articles could be captured; and; (v) Where we are with data and how best to support best practices in the schema
Watch the recording
Tuesday
16 May
09:00 – 10:00
Rachael Lammey
Learning resources minimal metadata application profile
The minimal metadata set identifies key characteristics of learning resources that are important for:
– content creators and adapters to include with the resources they create
– learning resource catalogue and registry service providers
– institutions that publish learning resources on their websites to expose when they provide information about the resources in their collections
In this 1 hr webinar the Education and Training on Handling of Research Data IG will introduce the application profile of the minimal metadata set and select practitioners will present their implementation of it. Afterwards, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss the different perspectives, needs and motivations for the implementation of the application profile.
Watch the recording
Wednesday
17 May
15:00 – 16:00
Katarzyna Biernacka
Steps towards building interoperability in research tools using PIDs
The lack of interoperability between tools presents a significant barrier to streamlining research workflows throughout the research lifecycle. In this workshop we will present an outline of a series of design and integration guidelines for leveraging the persistent identifier and open metadata infrastructure to build interoperability features on research tools, to make research workflows FAIR. We invite the community to join the discussion and provide their perspectives and use cases to make the guidelines more adoptable.
Watch the recording
Tuesday
23 May
16:00 – 17:00
Rory Macneil 
RDA-US: 10th Anniversary Community Meeting
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year! RDA-US is using this milestone as an opportunity to celebrate the community of US members who have contributed leadership, support, and ideas to numerous RDA outputs and guidance documents over the decade. The RDA-US community is strong — representing substantial expertise, experience, and commitment that can serve as a collective voice. In partnership with volunteers and organizations across the world, RDA-US has developed consensus solutions and approaches to research data sharing that have been tested and contextualized in various settings locally and internationally (e.g., policies, approaches, infrastructure architecting, tool requirements).
Please join us for an afternoon showcase of new and existing projects in the RDA-US community. This offers an opportunity for RDA-US community members to discuss recent policy changes, current proposed RDA-US and explore further collaborations. If you are excited by the positive change that RDA-US can build to the community, we hope to see you there.
Tuesday
23 May
16:30 – 20:30 UTC /
12:30 – 16:30 EDT
Rob Quick
FAIRPoints ‘Ask me Anything’ webinar on Machine Actionability
A discussion about what is needed to achieve machine actionability (e.g. semantics, metadata, operations, types), why automation is required in research, how researchers create machine actionable research outputs, and the available tools to facilitate application.
Watch the recording
Thursday
25 May
12:00 – 13:00
Sara El-Gebali
Atelier en français sur la Certification CoreTrustSeal
Workshop in French on CoreTrustSeal Certification

Cet atelier, proposé par RDA France, incluera une présentation de l’histoire de CoreTrustSeal et du rôle que la RDA y a joué, une discussion de la manière d’aborder la certification, des critères de CoreTrustSeal et de leur évolution récente, et une lecture guidée de la CoreTrustSeal Extended Guidance 2023-2025.
The workshop, proposed by RDA France, will be held in French. It will include a presentation of CoreTrustSeal history and the role RDA played in it, a discussion of the way to tackle certification, of CoreTrustSeal criteria and of their recent evolution, and a guided reading of the CoreTrustSeal Extended Guidance 2023-2025.
See the slides
Tuesday
30 May
13:00 – 15:00
Francoise Genova
‘RDA for Persistent Identifiers’ community cross-fertilisation workshop
The workshop brings RDA groups and community members together with the wider research data community for a discussion about the future of persistent identifers (PIDs) within the May theme of metadata and technical infrastructure. Read more about the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshop series to commemorate ‘A Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of the RDA’.
See the workshop summary
Wednesday
31 May
07:00 – 08:45
Connie Clare

Kathryn Barker

Virtual Research Environments: A Vision for the Next 10 Years

The future for virtual research environments (VREs) warrants exploration as we consider the possibilities that extend well beyond research and high-performance computing into new interfaces, applications and user communities. In this discussion, we look retrospectively at the successes of representative gateways thus far. This serves to highlight existing gaps VREs need to overcome in areas such as accessibility, usability and interoperability, and in the need for broader outreach by drawing insights from technology adoption research. We make the case for the VRE community to be more intentional in engaging with users to encourage adoption and implementation, especially in the area of educational usage. This discussion serves as a roadmap for a vision of VREs in the next ten years.
Watch the recording 

Wednesday
31 May
18:00 – 19:00
Sandra Gesing

JUNE – Agriculture and environmental data

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
Data Conversations: Working with (big) data sets
Open data, open methods, and reproducible and transparent research are increasingly endorsed by funders, publishers, institutions, and learned societies. But what does making your research open, transparent, and reproducible mean in practice? Where can one learn open skills?
This edition of the Data Conversations will focus on (big) data sets; of course some of the lessons learned from big data sets are generalisable into RDM best practices. After getting an idea about large datasetis in general, we will get an introduction to Zarr and its community. Zarr let’s you store your large arrays in chunked and compressed manner. Zarr is based on a open specification which enables to have implementations in various programming languages. NetCDF has a convention on top of Zarr specification known as NCZarr, which is implemented in C and Java.
Come and share your stories and hear others.
See the slides
Wednesday
15 June
10:00 – 11:00 UTC / 12:00 – 13:00 CET
Lena Karvovskaya
Historic agricultural and environmental data: Facilitating discovery of, access to, and use of analog data
This webinar will bring together people from various institutions to talk about their experience working on projects that dealt with how they worked to increase discovery, access and use of historical environmental and agricultural datasets. Panelists will be asked to respond to a series of questions covering topics, such as: datasets most at risk, challenges to working with these kinds of data, scalability of this work, resources for others to take on projects such as these, opportunities for collaborative work, and more.
Watch the recording
Wednesday
21 June
15:00 – 16:30 UTC /
10:00 – 11:30 CST
Shannon Farrell
Improving Global Agricultural Data (IGAD) Community of Practice – Third IGAD Annual Virtual Meeting 2023
The co-chairs of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Improving Global Agricultural Data (IGAD) Community of Practice are thrilled to host our third annual meeting between June 21 and June 27, 2023.  The meeting will consist of six sessions held virtually to allow members and interested attendees from all over the world to participate.
See the playlist of recordings
Wednesday
21 to
Tuesday
27 June
IGAD CoP
Co-chairs
The Hugging Face
The last ten years have seen machine learning making an increasingly significant impact across all areas of business and society. Machine learning also increasingly plays a role in producing new knowledge across the science and the humanities. The Hugging Face hub is a repository for sharing machine learning models, datasets and demos. It currently has over 150,000 models and 25,000 datasets made openly available for others to use and build on. These models cover a range of tasks, i.e. text classification and modalities, i.e. text, image, audio etc. This hub aims to help democratize access to machine learning. The open science movement has broadened the scope of which scholarly outputs are considered important to emphasize the data and software underpinning research findings. This scope will again need to be expanded to include machine learning models. In this webinar, Hugging Face’s Machine Learning Librarian, Daniel van Strien, will discuss how Hugging Face works to ensure machine learning models can be more easily found, used and built on by others, i.e. how they can follow the FAIR principles.
Watch the recording
Monday
26 June
13:00 – 14:00
Sara El-Gebali 
ARDC Planet Research Data Commons webinar
Join the Australian Research Data Commons for an exciting opportunity to explore the development of the Planet Research Data Commons, where shared data and digital research tools are revolutionising our ability to confront the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. From adapting to climate change to saving endangered species and reversing ecosystem degradation, our mission is to empower researchers and decision makers alike with the data and tools they need to make a real difference.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Research Data Alliance and their Working Groups there are many practical approaches to making data and tools interoperable, which has laid the foundations for the creation of the Planet Research Data Commons. At this upcoming webinar, you’ll have the chance to hear directly from the Director of the Planet Research Data Commons, as well as other key figures who have played a vital role in making earth sciences, environmental, and agricultural data FAIR.
Join us and discover the benefits of learning about the Research Data Alliance, where collaboration, innovation, and passion are at the heart of everything.
Watch the recording 
Wednesday 28 June
05:00 – 06:00 UTC
15:00 – 16:00 AEST
Hamish Holewa
‘RDA for agricultural and environmental data’ community cross-fertilisation workshop
The workshop brings RDA groups and community members together with the wider research data community for a discussion about the future of earth and environmental data. Read more about the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshop series to commemorate ‘A Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of the RDA’.
See the workshop summary
Wednesday
28 June
12:00 – 13:30
Connie Clare
Kathryn Barker

JULY – Research data policy

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
FAIR Data Podcast on IPCC projects 
Lina Sitz and Anna Pirani join Rory to discuss some of the interesting issues faced and addressed in their latest project at the IPCC. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.
Listen here
Thursday
6 July
Rory Macneil 
‘RDA for Research Evaluation’ community cross-fertilisation workshop
The workshop brings RDA groups and community members together with the wider research data community for a discussion about the future of research data policy. This month, we are focusing on Research Evaluation.
This workshop is another collaboration with the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), welcoming Liz Stokes, Senior Research Data Skills Specialist (ARDC), to the workshop faciliation team.
Read more about the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshop series to commemorate ‘A Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of the RDA’.
See the workshop summary
 Thursday 27 July
07:00 – 08:30
Connie Clare
Kathryn Barker
Guest facilitator: Liz Stokes (ARDC)

AUGUST – Disciplinary data

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
The WorldFAIR Case Study on Plant-pollinator Interactions
As part of this event series, WorldFAIR WP10 (Agricultural Biodiversity) will present their findings from their discovery phase: FAIR assessments, good practices, tools and examples to create, manage and share data related to plant-pollinator interactions.
You can find out more about WorldFAIR WP10: Agricultural Biodiversity by visiting the dedicated webpage.
Watch the recording
Tuesday
22 August
13:00 – 14:00
Alex Delipalta

Debora Drucker

RDA’s Engagement with Disciplines / RDA for Disciplinary Data (A special community cross-fertilisation workshop) 
The workshop brings RDA domain ambassadors and disciplinary community groups together to discuss the challenges, solutions and initiatives of working with data in different disciplines. The workshop will describe the findings of an EOSC Future project to understand the factors influencing disciplinary awareness and engagement in the European Open Science Cloud, in particular to develop an understanding of why some communities are not engaged in EOSC. The review will summarize feedback gathered from the RDA membership and other stakeholders on community infrastructure, tools, training materials, and other resources that can be accessed through EOSC. The workshop will also showcase new disciplinary webpages and info sheets created for RDA by the RDA/EOSC Future Domain Ambassadors.
Read more about the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshop series to commemorate ‘A Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of the RDA’.
See the summary
Watch the recording (EOSC Future project overview) 
Wednesday
30 August
10:00 – 11:30
Beth Knazook

Kathryn Barker

The ARDC Thematic Research Data Commons and CAREful FAIRness
This year, the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) shifted away from open calls for projects to focussing on delivering digital research infrastructure through Thematic Research Data Commons (RDC). The new model focuses efforts in domain areas that align with national priorities, researcher demand and concentration, and potential for research translation.
Our first RDC is the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) and Indigenous RDC (HASS&I RDC). HASS research data helps us to better understand culture, society and human wellbeing. It helps us understand the past, interpret the world we live in, and imagine the future. For Australia’s Indigenous peoples, data can be transformational, empowering them to tell their own stories and advocate for change. But, the current state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research data assets leaves them vulnerable to loss, limits data discovery and use, even by traditional owners, and results in the duplication and the over-researching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The ARDC is known globally as a strong advocate for the FAIR principles. These principles cross-cut all our work. This continues under the thematic RDCs, and we now want to extend this to realising the CARE principles.
In implementing these principles, the Research Data Commons needs to collaborate closely with Indigenous communities, Elders, and organisations to co-design policies and practices that are culturally responsive, inclusive, and empowering. Meaningful engagement, capacity building, and community-led initiatives should be central to the commons’ operations, ensuring that Indigenous Australians are actively involved in decision-making, benefit sharing, and research outcomes. Indigenous knowledge is potentially relevant to all research domains, and this RDC is an initial step towards demonstrating the value of this approach
The HASS&I RDC is our first target for applying both FAIR and CARE principles. We will then carry what we learn into our additional themes of health and medical Research (in our People RDC) and earth and environmental science (in our Planet RDC).
Speakers for this event are:
– Jenny Fewster; Director, HASS & Indigenous RDC (ARDC)
– Robert McLellan, Industry Fellow in Indigenous Languages and Program Manager (Language Data Commons of Australia, University of Queensland)
– Robin Burgess; Manager, Engagements (ARDC)
Watch the recording
Wednesday
30 August
05:30 – 06:30 UTC / 15:30 – 16:30 AEST
Jenny Fewster

SEPTEMBER – Sustainable development and responsible research

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
‘RDA for UN SDG 17: Capacity building, data sharing, infrastructure and development’ community cross-fertilisation workshop
The workshop brings RDA groups and community members together with the wider research data community to discuss the future of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 within the RDA community over the next two years.  This workshop is part of a thematic workshop series to commemorate ‘A Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of the RDA’.
Read more about the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshop series to commemorate ‘A Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of the RDA’.
See the summary
Tuesday 26 September
08:30 – 10:00
Connie Clare
FAIRPoints ‘Ask me Anything’ webinar on Equitable and Transparent Access to Information and Knowledge
A discussion about the role of infrastructure for open and equitable access of information, how this reflects in design decisions and how open and FAIR relate to or mean to the rest of the world.
Watch the recording
Tuesday 26 September
10:00 – 12:00
Sara El-Gebali 
The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Building Responsible Open Science Frameworks
This workshop examines the needs for ethics and human rights frameworks to support Open Science that engenders the trust of society while providing evidence for democratic and inclusive public policy. The workshop is intended for scientists across disciplines, including the social sciences and the humanities, as well as for those building software and applications, and those at the interface between data and society.
Watch the recording
Wednesday 27 September
13:00 – 15:00
Francis P. Crawley

OCTOBER – A festival of data

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
Data Anonymization Workshop Series 
This October, the Digital Research Services Hub at McGill University invites all researchers to a series of online workshops about data anonymization, presented by leading Canadian and international experts. This workshop series will provide attendees with an overview of data anonymization, as well as demonstrations of data anonymization software tools for both qualitative and quantitative data.
This workshop series is free to attend and is open to all researchers (McGill affiliation not required).
Register here
3, 4, 17, 18
October
14:00 – 16:00 UTC
10:00 – 12:00 ET
drs@mcgill.ca
The Benefits of RDA Membership
This webinar is for anyone in interested in hearing from Australasian RDA members on their activies with RDA and why RDA membership is beneficial. In particular, this event is intended for the Australasian research data support community.
During the session we will hear an overview from each speaker and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end. Come along to hear from active Australasian Research Data Alliance members about:
– Their activities within the RDA;
– What they think are biggest benefits of being a member of RDA.
– Anything you would like to ask about RDA and being a member
Speakers:
– Dr. Jens Klump, CSIRO
– Tom Honeyman, Australian Research Data Commons
– Claire Rye and Nick Jones, New Zealand eScience Infrastructure
9 October
01:00 – 02:00 UTC
09:00 – 10:00 AWST
12:00 – 13:00 AEST
14:00 – 15:00 NZDT
Kathryn Barker
The International Workshop on Open Science Identifiers
DataCite and Common Science and Technology Resource Identifier (CSTR) are co-organizing an in-person workshop in Beijing, China, bringing together stakeholders in the Open science and research data management communities to explore the role of persistent identifiers (PIDs) in local and global contexts, demonstrate implementation cases, and discuss recent developments in the global PID ecosystem. The workshop will highlight the value of PIDs in the context of PID history and how PID services, tools, and platforms will help to realize the FAIR principle. We will also guide a discussion on the future development trends for PIDs and how to make PIDs more active, stable, and interoperable, with reference to the ongoing PID-related work in the RDA. This is an in-person event with the option to dial in via Zoom to join the presentations.
  Tuesday 17 October
9:00-16:10 CST

Wednesday 18 October
9:00-12:00 CST

International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, Salzburg
The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) are delighted to announce International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data. IDW 2023 will be hosted by the University of Salzburg, Austria, through its Data Science and Geoinformatics departments, supported by the Governor of Salzburg and with assistance from the Austrian Academy of Sciences – GIScience and the European Umbrella Organization for Geographic Information. International Data Week brings together a global community of data scientists and data stewards; researchers from all domains; data, interoperability and informatics experts from all fields (including geoinformatics, bioinformatics, cheminformatics etc); industry leaders, entrepreneurs and policymakers.
Plenary highlights here
Monday 23 to Thursday 26 October Hilary Hanahoe

NOVEMBER – Research data management support and education

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
The DataCite Metadata Schema Through Time
This 1.5 hr training session will trace the history of the DataCite Metadata Schema and how it has evolved over time. In particular, it will focus on the relationship between DataCite and RDA, charting how community consensus and outputs from RDA IGs and WGs have influenced the development of the DataCite Metadata Schema and related services.
The session will provide an introduction to the DataCite Metadata Schema and highlight how it facilitates interoperability, with a deeper dive into related identifiers and SCHOLIX, the PID Graph, and persistent identifiers for instruments. The session will also inform how tools can be used to interact with DataCite services. Finally, the session ends by looking forward: what future developments there are for the DataCite Metadata Schema and our continued links to RDA through the Implementing FAIR Workflows Project and the recently approved Working with PIDs in Tools IG.
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Wednesday 8 November
15:30 – 17:00
UTC
Rorie Edmunds
RDA for research data management support and education’ community cross-fertilisation workshop
The workshop brings RDA groups and community members together with the wider research data community for a discussion about the future of research data management support and education. Read more about the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshop series to commemorate ‘A Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of the RDA’.
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Thursday
16 November
11:00 – 12:30
Connie Clare
Persistent Identification of Instruments
This webinar will discuss Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) and their importance in research and sciences. Rolf Krahl and Markus Stocker will discuss the work of the RDA Persistent Identification of Instruments Working Group and what they did to put PIDs into practice. This interactive webinar will also showcase the integrations between different tools to collect laboratory data, reviewing the Clustermarket and RSpace integration. Lastly, Rory Macneil and Vaida Plankyte will discuss the importance of incorporating PIDs for instruments into research workflows and discuss the future potential.
Thursday
16 November
15:00 – 16:00
Rory Macneil
The Research Data Alliance Post-21st Plenary Webinar
The RDA’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB) are hosting a post-21st Plenary webinar to share the takeaways of the breakout sessions held during the Plenary and discuss next steps. The webinar aims to provide attendees a clearer understanding of the collaboration approaches among RDA groups, as well as an opportunity to hear directly from group chairs on their vision for future activities. The webinar agenda will mirror the RDA Pathways developed by the TAB to help community members navigate Plenary sessions, RDA groups, outputs and more.
Registration Closed
Thursday
16 November
07:30 & 16:00
Irina Hope
Regional Support to Certification of Data Repositories: A Workshop 
CoreTrustSeal (CTS), which was derived from the Recommendations of the RDA Repository Audit and Certification DSA/WDS Partnership Working Group, is well recognised as a community driven, domain agnostic, core certification framework. There are currently more than 160 CTS certified repositories. Those which do not want to apply for certification can usefully assess and improve their practices by examining CTS criteria.
Initiatives at the regional, national, and thematic levels are supporting repositories on their path to CTS certification, and disseminating knowledge about CTS criteria to repositories willing to improve their practices.
This workshop will showcase relevant initiatives, demonstrate how they are organised, the activities involved, and identify good practices. The workshop is primarily aimed at individuals with an interest in different  regional, national and thematic initiatives/approaches to CTS certification, as well as those with a general interest in the management and certification of data repositories.
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Tuesday
21 November
10:00 – 11:15
Francoise Genova
Connecting communities to promote FAIR resources: perspectives from an RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassador
As part of Allyson’s RDA / EOSC Future Ambassadorship, she has launched the FAIRsharing Content & Community Programme, which brings together discipline experts to curate FAIRsharing content and create FAIR educational material. In return, they are attributed for their efforts, gain expertise and become a part of a network of like-minded data enthusiasts that, as a result of the will continue for years to come. This event will highlight the work of these enthusiastic domain experts, and how they have worked to connect their communities with the material and resources they need. This event will summarise the importance of and challenges facing the RDA and EOSC future in effective community building as well as dissemination of outputs.
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Wednesday 22 November
13:00 – 14:00
Allyson Lister
Facilitating FAIR practices in research methods, data, and software in Natural and Engineering Sciences – an example from the Dutch landscape
This webinar will present the concept of Thematic Digital Competence Centres (TDCCs) within the broader context of RDM landscape in the Netherlands where they were formed. It will focus in more detail on the TDCC for the Natural & Engineering Sciences (TDCC-NES), outlining the 1st year of its existence. TDCC-NES is a national network organisation in the Netherlands that brings together researchers, local DCC’s, infrastructure providers, knowledge and expertise networks, as well as other strategic initiatives within the NES domain. TDCC-NES aims to facilitate researchers to manage data and software in a FAIR manner by identifying bottlenecks and initiating projects to mitigate them. It is funded by NWO, one of the main Dutch research funders, and has links to national Open Science initiatives. The webinar will showcase TDCC-NES network activities, its governance structure, and project programme, including the first funded projects and their expected outcomes. It will also explore links to international initiatives across NES disciplines with potential for collaboration.
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Friday 24 November
10:15 – 11:00
Mira Stanic
Celebrating a Decade of Data: The Community Cross-fertilisation Carousel
The RDA’s 10th anniversary celebrations culminate in a 1-hr webinar to reflect on the outcomes of the Community Cross-fertilisation Workshop series organised by the RDA Secretariat during this celebratory year. During this webinar, participants will be taken through a whistle-stop tour of the workshop series, exploring the content, and learning about the main challenges and future actions for the RDA community to focus on.
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Thursday
30 November
06:00 – 07:30
16:00 – 17:30
Connie Clare

DECEMBER – Anniversary highlights

Event/Activity Date/Time (UTC) Contact
Data Stewardship Webinar and Panel Discussion
Join a panel of European and Australasian research support professionals in an interactive panel discussion on what it means to be a Data Steward and the latest opinions and trends in data stewardship.
Hosted by ARDC, this online event is part of the 10-year anniversary of Research Data Alliance. It is especially aimed at Australasian professional research support staff, but anyone is welcome to come along to learn and engage with our panel of experts.
We shall start with some brief introductions to the panel, learn about data stewardship in both Europe and Australasia, and then we will open the floor to the audience for questions and answers.

 

This is a past event

Thursday
14th December
08:00 – 09:30 UTC
Mary Filsell

Community contributions

We welcomed the RDA community and wider research data management community to contribute to our 10th anniversary celebrations. 

RDA community members and group chairs 

Community members and group chairs were invited to organise events and activities with or without the support of the RDA Secretariat.

The Secretariat were able to offer support by:

Non-members (external research data management community)

Some organisations elected to organise their own event/activity within a particular month to leverage the enthusiasm and expertise of the global RDA community. Events/activities organised by non-members were promoted as part of the RDA’s 10th Anniversary via all the RDA communication channels.