February News: New Secretary General, P11 Programme, Adoption & Group Updates

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02 Feb 2018

February News: New Secretary General, P11 Programme, Adoption & Group Updates

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RDA Names Hilary Hanahoe as Secretary General

RDA announced this week that longtime leader Hilary Hanahoe was selected as the organisation’s new Secretary General. As Secretary General, Hilary will lead our global community as we work together to achieve our goal in accelerating data-driven innovation and discovery through the facilitation of research data sharing and exchange. Learn more.


RDA-US Adoption Updates

After a Call for Adoption in November, RDA-US selected proposals from Dr. Mark Uhen at George Mason University and Dr. Peter Fox from Tetherless World Constellation (TWC).  Dr. Uhen and his team will be adopting RDA’s Scalable Dynamic Data Citation Methodology within the Paleobiology Database, which is an open resource of paleontological data on all types of fossil organisms. Dr. Fox and his team will also be adopting this Recommendation in the Deep Carbon Observatory Data Portal to facilitate precise reference to data held at TWC and potentially elsewhere, while also sharing these links by implementing RDA’s Scholarly Link Exchange (Scholix) Recommendations. Updates on the projects and eventually results will be presented at upcoming plenaries and in various RDA communications.


RDA’s 11th Plenary in Berlin


​​​P11: Collocated and Industry Events

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RDA and OpenAIRE Research Impact Service

Initially announced at P10 in Montreal in September 2017, we have started an effort tracking publications, which come out of RDA Working and Interest groups, or at least refer/acknowledge RDA work. This is done via the generic OpenAIRE Research Impact Service and their algorithms, in cooperation with the RDA Europe project and the RDA Secretariat.

The main idea is to be able to do this automatically, provided that the papers include a standard acknowledgment text that is known to all RDA members. Doing this manually is also possible (especially for past papers), so all paper authors who would like to declare an “RDA paper” are welcome to contact the RDA Secretariat at enquiries@rd-alliance.org.

The acknowledgment text thgat has been agreed within the RDA Governance groups is the following: “This work was developed as part of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) ‘WG/IG’ entitled ‘long name (short name)’, and we acknowledge the support provided by the RDA community and structures”. This text is also available on the RDA website at https://www.rd-alliance.org/communication-kit. Please help us track RDA-related papers and get a better understanding of RDA WG/IG impact!


Group Updates

Community Comments Welcome

Groups under Tab Review

Groups under Council Review


Monday Deadline to Submit Nominations for RDA Council

RDA members have until Monday to submit nominations for three open RDA Council positions.

To nominate yourself or someone else, please send the following to Council-nominations18@rd-alliance.org:

  • Letter of nomination
  • Two letters of endorsement from RDA members
  • Bio of the nominee
  • Description of how the nominee fits the expectations of the position

For more information on RDA’s 2018 Council Nomination process, requirements and timeline, visit https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-call-council-nominations-2018.

For more information on the role of RDA’s Council, visit https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda/our-leadership/rda-council.html.


Data Management Engagement Award

A competition has been launched by the University of Cambridge, SPARC Europe and JISC to elicit new and imaginative ideas for engaging researchers in the practices of good research data management (RDM). This builds on the Engaging Good Data Management Conference that took place at the University of Cambridge in November last year. One submission will be chosen as the winner and up to £1750 will be awarded to bring it to life. The deadline for applications is noon, 28 February 2018, GMT.  Learn more at https://www.rd-alliance.org/sites/default/files/attachment/RDMEngagementAward_Announcement.pdf


Upcoming Webinars


CODATA-RDA  Summer Schools Featured in SpringerNature Blogs

View blog posts featured in last week's issue of SpringerNature by Sara El Jadid and Marcela Alfaro Córdoba, who participate in the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, which has been successfully running since 2016:


Spam Email Management Changes

Many RDA members have recently witnessed an increased amount of SPAM e-mail coming through their working and interest group distribution lists.  Our technical partner managing website platform is working to find a resolution.  In the interim, the Secretariat is trying to be as proactive as possible by manually removing the accounts generating the SPAM, note that these are users actively registering and subscribing to the group mailinglists for this purpose. Please be patient with us as we continue to troubleshoot the issue while keeping the platform open and accessible to all.