February Newsletter - P15 Highlights, Reports and News, Adoption Stories and more

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24 Feb 2020

February Newsletter - P15 Highlights, Reports and News, Adoption Stories and more

Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General

P15 Programme Highlights


P15 Plenary Pathways

Indigenous data issues, the FAIR agenda, disciplinary approaches, underpinning infrastructure, content issues, global perspective: in order to guide participants through the rich diversity of topics that the plenary presents, the RDA TAB and Organisational Assembly organised the Plenary sessions along six pathways to enhance the plenary experience. Find your pathway at P15 ►


Co-located Events at P15

In addition to the C3DIS 2020 Conference, several other events are taking place during the week of Plenary 15.  Discover them here►


Message from RDA to Registrants

It is hard to believe that in less than three weeks, we will be together in beautiful Melbourne, Australia! According to our local hosts, the weather is wonderful, as is the programme itself. We are extremely excited and grateful to all of you for making the commitment to travel to this amazing city and attend Plenary 15.

We do want to ensure you that both the P15 Organising Committee and the RDA Secretariat are actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. Although we understand there may be concerns related to travel as a result of this evolving situation, please know that your safety is a top priority and that we are working closely together to ensure a safe event. ►Read the full message from the RDA Secretariat


Take a Read

ALLEA E-Humanities Working Group Report "Sustainable and FAIR Data Sharing in the Humanities" 

The ALLEA E-Humanities Working Group has launched the report "Sustainable and FAIR Data Sharing in the Humanities" providing key recommendations to make digital data in the humanities “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable”, in line with the FAIR principles. Read the full article ►


RDA: Benefits and Challenges of Building a Community Organization

In the latest issues of the Harvard Data Science Review, Francine Berman is interviewed by Mercè Crosas, Harvard University’s Research Data Officer with the Chief Information Officer’s leadership team and leader of Dataverse. She and Crosas met through RDA and share their deep knowledge of the benefits and challenges of running a community-focused organization during the interview, with a specific referent to RDA’s ‘origin story’. Read more►


Persistent Identifier Policy, Rules of Participation, Metrics and Service Certification: EOSC Documents Open for Consultation

Several documents are out for consultation from the EOSC Executive Board, a body of representatives from the research and e-infrastructures communities, appointed by the European Commission. If you have missed these, check them out here►


RDA in a Nutshell

The RDA community counts today more than 9.900 members from 144 countries! Download the February issue of our RDA in a Nutshell slidedeck






Upcoming Events

Second Latin America and the Caribbean Scientific Data Management Workshop

Convened by the World Data System of the International Science Council (WDS), in collaboration with the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), the São Paulo Research Foundation(FAPESP), and RDA

Date: 14-15 April 2020, Location: FAPESP - San Paolo, Brazil


11 March: RDA in Slovenia Workshop: Research Data Management

Data management plans have become a key component of responsible data practices within the European Research Area (ERA). Data management plans support the research team in collection, analysis and publication of data, and can promote long-term preservation, reuse and access to research data. The workshop will present examples of data management plans, tools to create data management plans and processes within four Slovenian repositories that store and provide access to data.


6 April 2020: RDA National Event in Estonia

On 6 April 2020 the RDA National Node in Estonia in cooperation with DataCite Estonia is organizing international research data and Open Science event in Tallinn University, Estonia.  More info asoon.


If you missed our webinars:

Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook

On 27 February, James Savage presented an overview"Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook" is an RDA output from the Libraries for Research Data Interest Group that contains 24 case studies on how institutions can effectively engage with researchers about research data. The recording of the webinar is available here.


A Curriculum for Foundational Research Data Science Skills for Early Career Researchers

On 4 February, Hugh Shanahan presented the curriculum and example materials developed by the RDA/CODATA Summer Schools in Data Science and Cloud Computing in the Developing World Working Group to give Early Career Researchers (ECRs) the foundational skills in Data Science to work with their data. The slides and recording from the Webinar are now available. 


Research Data Management For Renewable Materials And Products

On 30 January, Ana Slavec, consulting statistician at the InnoRenew CoE and RDA Europe Ambassador for renewable materials and products introduced researchers to key concepts in research data management, presented resources that can be used when preparing a research data management plan and outlined present best practices of sharing data in a responsible way in line with FAIR principles. Watch the recordings.

Our Members: 


RDA Affiliate members

GIDA - The Global Indigenous Data Alliance

This month we are glad to introduce you GIDA, the Global Indigenous Data Alliance. GIDA is a network of Indigenous researchers, data practitioners, and policy activists advocating for Indigenous Data Sovereignty within their nation-states and at an international level. GIDA welcomes the participation of Indigenous data users, networks, community groups, information and communications technologies providers, researchers, policymakers, planners and businesses that share our aim. Read more ►


Plenary Updates: 



RDA P16 meeting

RDA is going to Costa Rica! 

Scheduled to take place 10-12 November 2020, our members will have the opportunity to visit this beautiful country and attend P16 in San Jose, at the Centro de Convenciones de Costa Rica. With the theme "Knowledge Ecology", the event is co-organised by CONARE Costa Rica, RDA United States and Research Data Canada.  With the aim of bringing the conversation about Research Data Management to Costa Rica and to the Central American Region, there will be a focus on Open Science practices and an exchange of ideas related to the work of RDA and the Open Data initiatives already in place in the region. View more information ►

RDA P17 Plenary

Save the Date!

RDA 17th Plenary Meeting will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland April 2021.  View more information ►










Recommendations & Outputs: 


Adoption Stories

Making Social Sciences and Humanities' Language Datasets Accessible for Humans and Machines: CLARIN ERIC Adopted the RDA Outputs of the Data Fabric Interest Group

CLARIN ERIC is a European research infrastructure for the social sciences and humanities. Its goal is to store and make Language Data available through repositories and tools for researchers. There are lots of language data and many tools available that can process these data. Their challenge was to document this and make it easy to access for humans AND machines. The RDA Data Fabric outputs fit well with the CLARIN ecosystem. Read more ►


Enabling Open Research Publishing: Wiley Adopts the RDA FAIRsharing Registry Output

Wiley is a research publisher. The work of the RDA Scholarly Link Exchange Working Group, the FAIRsharing Registry Working Group and the Data Policy Standardisation and Implementation Interest Group now helps Wiley make open research publishing easier for researchers. Read more ►


Recommendations & Outputs Catalogue

To date, 37 outputs have been produced by RDA Working Groups. Have you checked our brand-new catalogue? They are all listed there and can be searched according to their focus, scientific domain, or by status. Enjoy!


NEW! February 2020

  • In order to make it easier for you to collaborate with your teams, we have improved the user experience of your Groups’ online space. A series of icons and labels now guide your activity and help you post messages to the group members, create and organise wiki pages, send event announcements, publish and organise the outputs and case statements resulting from your group’s activity, and browse all the members of your Group.
  • Lost in RDA website? Use our new search module to search and retrieve any public content and document available on RDA website.

We hope that you’ll find this useful! Please do not hesitate to send your comments and suggestions to the RDA Secretariat here.