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Yolanda Meleco

Stephanie –
This is fine. I’ll add another sentence about CSIRO. Thanks so much.
– Show quoted text -From: stefanie.kethers=***@***.*** [mailto:***@***.***] On Behalf Of StefanieKethers
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 2:42 AM
To: Communications
Subject: [communications] Newsletter: Member focus, Kathryn Unsworth
Dear all,
I have received the below from Kathryn Unsworth for the member focus of the newsletter. Could someone please have a look at it and see if we need to add or edit anything? (Do we need to explain what CSIRO is?)
– Your role in your organisation and a sentence or two on your activities, especially where they relate to data and RDA
My job title at CSIRO is Outreach Librarian. Predominantly, my role is to connect and build relationships with researchers and professional staff at CSIRO. These connections are to ensure that CSIRO folk are aware of the services and support the Library offers (information resources, data management, internal publications, citation analysis and impact) and get the best out of these services, when and where they need them.
Without a physical library, there are some challenges. The Outreach and Research Data Support teams are currently combining efforts and undertaking an outreach campaign in Victoria, meeting researchers and professional staff where they work, identifying their pain points, finding out about current projects, and letting them know how well placed we are to support them across the entire research workflow. Importantly, we are providing a human face, with familiar people they can contact.
– Your role in RDA
Co-chair of the Exposing DMPs working group. Member of a number of IGs.
– Roughly when you joined RDA, and why? (Were you interested in specific Working or Interest Groups, did you want to start a group, or did you see any other benefits?)
I believe I joined RDA about two years ago (maybe longer). To begin with I was only interested in lurking, wanting to see what this organisation was about, how it operated, its value to my role at ANDS, what could I possibly contribute, and so on. I’d been interested in DMPs, their value to researchers, institutions, funders and whether they achieved what they were designed to do – improve the management of research data. Having co-facilitated the DMP Interest Group in Australia, the step into an RDA working group seemed synergistic, particularly as the Exposing DMPs working group was formed.
– What your experience with being involved with the RDA has been like
The experience has been very rewarding! I’m working with really switched on folk in the Exposing DMP working group. I also feel I have been able to contribute in real ways even though the paid job gets in the way much of the time.
I’ve not had the pleasure of attending a plenary, but still feel that my contributions have been relevant and valued by others in the Exposing DMPs working group. Meeting folk in person is really how relationships develop, and where trust and collaboration flourish, but I think I’m an example of how you can make it work without the physical proximity. Time zones are a killer though!!

Dr Stefanie Kethers
Senior Business Analyst | Australian Research Data Commons
Director of Operations | Research Data Alliance
M: +61 405 844 197 | E: ***@***.*** | W:
Physical Address: Monash University, ANDS Office, Building T, Ground Floor, 100 Sir John Monash Drive, Caulfield East, VIC 3145
Postal Address: ANDS Office, Monash University, T116, PO Box 197, Caulfield East VIC 3145
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