Global research Commons: Europe and beyond

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Global research Commons: Europe and beyond
20 Mar 2023 UTC

Global research Commons: Europe and beyond

20 Mar 2023

RDA and EOSC Future were pleased to collaborate on a half-day satellite event in conjunction with the RDA 20th Plenary Meeting

 “Building blocks of Global Research Commons: Europe and beyond”

New: see the event report to read and see the highlights of the event! The event recording is also available on the EOSC Future website!

20 March 2023, 11:00-16:15 UTC, Gothenburg, Sweden 

Venue: Lindholmen Hall (Hallen)Lindholmen Conference Centre

Questions about the event or registration issues? please email: RDA Open Calls <>

About the event: Implementing research commons at disciplinary, regional or national level is a common issue across the globe. The challenges are diverse and have to take into account many policy, governance or technical focused complexities. This event will focus on the issues related to practical implementation of research commons. The opening session will be a collaboration with members of the RDA's Global Open Research Commons WG, and a high-level panel discuss diverse global perspectives in approaches to implementation, and will examine several themes and challenges in assembling the main features of such research commons, including the researcher perspective. The second part of the event will focus on how to implement these challenges from the bottom-up, showcasing examples of how RDA’s diverse data community are tackling challenges, with specific examples from the RDA EOSC Future Open Calls projects and Ambassador programme. Topics will cover practical aspects of implementation such as Interoperability, Discoverability and Community Engagement. The event is jointly organised by RDA and the EOSC Future project.


Key take-aways from the event: Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of the different types of global research commons, their  priorities,examples of roadmaps and frameworks to tackle the challenges as well as an understanding of research community needs. The audience will learn from others about different approaches and examples of implementation with the ultimate goal of supporting global coordination and alignment for such research commons. 

This event will be of interest to:  International audiences involved in implementing research commons at disciplinary,regional or national levels, funders, data experts, technical managers, and other implementorin general those implementing research commons.

This event is free to attend as a stand-alone workshop of RDA P20. To attend the RDA P20 event please register via the P20 registration. You can also register for this event as part of the Plenary 20 registration.

Register for the EOSC workshop ONLY (no Plenary attendance) Here.

Please only sign-up in person if you are sure you can attend.

                                                 The Building Blocks of Global Research Commons

11:00 - 11:10 (UTC) 12:00-12:10 CET

Welcome & Setting the scene

Hilary Hanahoe, Secretary General, RDA Foundation

11:10 - 11:25

Current status of GORC-WG, including outputs, challenges, and successes

Dr. Karen Payne, Director, ISC/World Data System International Technology Office

11:25 - 11:40

Keynote: "The Elephant in the Room: The Role of Big Commercial Cloud Providers"

Dr. Hans Pfeiffenberger, formerly at Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar Research

11:40 - 12:30

International Panel: Big picture challenges faced by the global research data community and big picture solutions

Chair: Sarah Jones, GEANT, EOSC Future


Dr. Tshiamo Motshegwa (African Open Science Platform)

Dr. Dawei Lin (National Institute for Health, US)

Javier Lopez Albacete (European Commission)

Dr Andrew Treloar (Australian Research Data Commons)

Kathleen Shearer (Confederation of Open Access Repositories)

EOSC and its alignment from a bottom-up perspective

13:30 – 14:15 

The glue to a successful Commons: Interoperability

Lightning Talks showcasing the RDA/EOSC Future community work 

Chair: Prof. Carole Goble, University of Manchester


"Harmonisation and alignment between vocabularies for interoperability", Magdalena Szuflita-Zurawska, (Gdansk University of Technology)

"How FAIR DO's Enable Interoperability, a position from the RDA FAIR Digital Object Fabric IG", Dr Rainer Stotzka, (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

"Interoperability and FAIR in disciplinary repositories using RDAs TRUST principles, based on the RDA grant to Repopsi"", Aleksandra Lazic, (University of Belgrade)

"Vocabularies for cross-domain interoperability", Chris Schubert, (Vienna University of Technology Library)

Telling stories of convergence—on shared interoperability practices across infrastructures and global data communities in the life sciences”, Wolmar Nyberg Åkerström, (ELIXIR Sweden / NBIS - National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden)

14:15 – 15:00 

Discoverability: From General to Community Specific

Moderator: Dr. Louise Bezuidenhout, DANS, EOSC Future


"Crosswalking to", Leyla Jaeol Castro, (ZB Information Centre)

"Enhancing Generic Data Descriptors with Discipline Specific Metadata" , Dr Vaidas Morkevius (Lithuanian Data Archive)

"European Research Infrastructure solutions", Daan Broeder (CLARIN)


15:30 - 16:15

Pathways to Community Engagement. Showcasing the RDA/EOSC Future Domain Ambassadors and RDA's work on Engaging Communities in EOSC

Chair: Najla Rettberg, RDA, EOSC Future


Dr. Sofie Meeus, (Meise Botanic Garden)

Dr. Lina Sitz, (LEDataS)

Dr. Helene N. Andreassen, (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)

Dr. Marek Cebecauer, (J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences)

Prof. Laura Morales, (Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques)

Beth Knazook (Digital Repository of Ireland)


EOSC FAIR champions

Final Wrap Up