February Newsletter - VP17 Registration Now Open and other Updates, New RDA Groups, Upcoming Webinars and more!

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26 Feb 2021

February Newsletter - VP17 Registration Now Open and other Updates, New RDA Groups, Upcoming Webinars and more!

Virtual Plenary 17 Highlights

Virtual Plenary 17 - Registration Now Open!

Registration is available! As with VP16, a nominal fee will be charged to help offset the cost of the event, with reduced rates for students and those from lower and middle income countries. A lower, early bird rate is available until 2 April 2021. 

Upcoming webinar: RDA And Why You Should Attend Virtual Plenary 17
1 March 2021, 23:00 UTC

Not sure if you’ll be attending? Register for our upcoming webinar on 1 March titled “RDA And Why You Should Attend Virtual Plenary 17". This webinar will feature an interactive session where attendees can share their goals and expectations for VP17, as well as a panel discussion with Rachel Bruce (UKRI), Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway, University of London),  Helen Glaves (British Geological Survey) and Mervyn O'Luing (UCC), Robert Quick (Indiana University) and Frankie Stevens (AARNet). Find out more and register here

Programme Updates

  • This past week, session acceptance notifications were sent to group chairs for group and joint meetings, as well as to members who proposed Birds of Feather sessions. More than seventy sessions were accepted, and at this time, the development of the schedule is underway. By 12 March, expect to see the draft programme with dates/times of all of these sessions published on the RDA website, as well as the list of co-located events.  For now,  view the tentative programme structure.

  • Joint RDA/IDCC Unconference: Both IDCC and previous RDA plenaries have featured an unconference in previous years. On this occasion the two will combine to provide an event of interest to IDCC and RDA attendees. The Unconference will take place on Tuesday, 20 April. It will be an event for interactive and spontaneous discussion, based on topics suggested by participants.  Attendance is free for those registered to either (or both) events – join us for a rich discussion with a diverse audience!

  • The topic of the panel session taking place on Wednesday 21 April has been announced: Facilitating Greater Data Reuse: Lessons and Examples from Practice. Watch this space as we announce more panelists!

  • New to RDA?  Register for our upcoming Newcomers' Sessions next month (also see below for details).

Call for Posters

Now is the time to prepare your abstract! RDA VP17 will feature poster presentations on Tuesday 20 April 2021 and Thursday 22 April (view the tentative VP17 programme here).  Please prepare a single slide and be ready to discuss your work! To take full advantage of our virtual platform capabilities, please consider recording a five minute video presentation and further showcase your work! You can also pre-record a one-minute presentation to be included in Tuesday's poster session. More details to follow! 

To participate in the VP17 poster session, please submit an abstract no later than 26 March 2021. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out during w/c 29 March. Find out more about our poster sessions and how to submit your application. Please ensure your poster is ready for upload on the conference platform by 12 April 2021 at the latest.

Group Updates

RDA Welcomes two new groups: the Data Granularity Working Group and the Sensitive Data Interest Group. Both groups are in the Community Review phase and members are encouraged to review their Case Statement and Charter, provide feedback and/or become a member of them.

Learn more about creating and joining RDA interest and working groups.

International Data Week – Join us for a Webinar on 4 March

This webinar will cover all aspects of International Data Week, scheduled to take place 8–11 November 2021, Seoul, South Korea.  Presented in English, it will introduce IDW 2021, the hosts, themes, and programme components, as well as provide key information on calls for session proposals. Find out more

2021 Call for Council Nominations Open through 4 March 

Three open Council positions are open, with nominations being accepted through 4 March. Learn more about the role of Council and the details regarding the nomination process. Find out more




Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 2021Virtual Session
Equitably Harnessing the Power of Health Data: Time for Action and Collaboration
1 March 2021 15:00 - 18:00 UTC

Second webinar on RDA and Why You Should Attend Virtual Plenary 17
1 March 2021 23:00 - 00:00 UTC

16th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC21) - Registration now open
19 April 2021 07:00 - 15:30 UTC

CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science - SA - Online & Self-paced: 03 May – 09 July 2021
03 May 2021 - 01:00 UTC to 09 Jul 2021 - 23:00 UTC

ICTeSSH2021 – International Conference on ICT enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities 2021
28 Jun 2021 - 16:00 UTC to 30 Jun 2021 - 16:00 UTC 

SciDataCon 2021, Part of International Data Week 2021

08 Nov 2021 - 08:00 UTC to 11 Nov 2021 - 16:00 UTC


Our Members: 

Member Spotlight

This month, RDA is highlighting two of its Technical Advisory Board. members,  Karin Beitman and Jeremy Geelen.  

Learn more about them and their perspectives on RDA.

New to RDA? Register for our Newcomers’ Sessions!

On behalf of all of us at RDA, a special welcome to our new RDA members! If you haven’t yet done so, we encourage you to visit our Newcomers' page, which provides lots of information about RDA. You also may want to consider registering for our Newcomers’ sessions, scheduled to take place on 8 April and 13 April.

RDA in a Nutshell

The RDA community counts today more than 11,000 members from 145 countries! Download the February issue of our RDA in a Nutshell.


Plenary Updates: 

RDA 18th Plenary Meeting, Part of International Data Week 2021, 8–11 November 2021, Seoul, South Korea
The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) are delighted to announce that the 2021 edition of International Data Week (IDW 2021) will be held on 8–11 November 2021 in Seoul, South Korea. Learn more.

SAVE THE DATE: International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, 23–26 October 2023, Salzburg, Austria

The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and RDA have announced  International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, taking place on 23–26 October 2023, in Salzburg, Austria. Learn more.


Recommendations & Outputs: 

Call for Technical Expertise to Document RDA Recommendations for Implementation in the EOSC

In the context of adopting and implementing technological and / or domain specific research data solutions in EOSC, RDA is seeking technological experts from Europe to generate dedicated implementation documentation to be made available to adopters. Read more

RDA COVID-19 WG Zotero Library

This RDA Recommendation has been continuously updated since version 1.0 was released last June to support ongoing work and subsequent development of related supporting output and publications. The version number has been increased to Version 1.1 and the RDA-COVID19 WG Zotero Library page has been updated.