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RDA cross-disciplinary collaboration for addressing societal challenges

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    This is a working meeting, focusing on the interaction between participants.
    Preliminary agenda 
    1. Setting the scene – Fit-for-purpose data for addressing SDG Targets and monitoring progress (presentation – 15 min)
    2. RDA disciplinary groups and cross-disciplinary collaboration – Where do we stand? (presentation – 15 min)
    3. Disscussion – part I – Mapping RDA groups in the solution space for SDGs (interactive session – 60 min)
    4. Success stories – how communities of practice have embedded data resources in SDG and SDG-derived national goals (presentations – 30 min)
    5. Disscussion – part II – Building stronger narratives together (interactive session – 60 min)
    The agenda will be slightly modified once more contributions from the invited disciplinary IGs have been received. The discussion time (2 hours) should be, however, considered a protected charactiristic of the symposium (two sessions).

    1. First group option
    Data for Development IG

    3.Third group option
    ESIP/RDA Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences IG

    Additional links to informative material
    1.       Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD)
    2.       Biodiversity Data Interest group
    3.       Chemistry Research Data IG
    4.       Geospatial Interest group:
    5.       Global Water Information IG:
    6.       Health Data IG:
    7.       RDA/CODATA Materials Data, Infrastructure & Interoperability IG
    8.       Research Data Management in Engineering IG
    9.       Research data needs of the Photon and Neutron Science community IG
    10.     Agrisemantics WG:
    11.     Empirical Humanities Metadata Working Group:
    12.     Earth, Space and Environmental Science IG:

    Avoid conflict with the following group (1)
    Data for Development IG

    Avoid conflict with the following group (3)
    ESIP/RDA Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences IG

    Estimate of the required room capacity

    I declare that I have informed the chairs of all the Working / Interest groups included in this joint meeting application.

    Meeting objectives
    RDA has over the years developed into a focal point of discipline-specific communities of practice. More than 20 Interest and Working groups already benefit from their activity in RDA to overcome hurdles around data sharing in support of scientific innovation and societal change. The Disciplinary Collaboration Framework IG has been focusing in bringing together representatives from those groups to better understand how to improve their overall sociotechnical intefaces in order to empower cross-disciplinarity. At the same time the Sustainable Development Goals IG is gearing up in RDA looking how RDA develops better tools and narratives to support scientific communities working towards the Targets included in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
    The SDGs provide a global, unified prioritisation framework on how sceintific communities design and organise their work. They have been the main reference point for adopting regional (e.g. European) and national-level priorities around societal change and provide a unique roadmap on how scientists need to frame their work.
    In the area of research data, however, we still need to improve the way we frame our data and infrastructure interoperability efforts to provide more efficient and better understood tools for the SDGs.
    The topic cross cuts the entire ecosystem of RDA and can provide a better definition of the value of RDA work, and specifically through the activities of the disciplinary groups, towards key societal challenges. As such, to effectively adress it, we propose a mega-symposium (length of 2 sessions) that would look at all major dimensions including data, infrastructure and practices.
    The overarching goal of the symposium is to:
    Deliver better narratives on how RDA groups and their respective data communities contribute to the SDGs
    The objectives of the Symposium include:
    1.  Raising awareness of SDGs and their role in defining research agendas at national and international level
    2. Describing the RDA ecosystem of disciplinary groups and if and how they already engage in SDG Targets and their progress monitoring through data infrastructures
    3. Develop a concensus view on the how RDA work links to globally acknowledged challenges
    4. Develop a set of strong narratives that drive disciplinary collaboration at RDA level and narratives that help external stakeholders to understand the value of RDA work (and its communities) towards SDGs

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    Target Audience
    Meeting the objectives of the symposium hinges on the participation of the disciplinary groups of RDA. As such all ofthe disciplinary groups (co-chairs) will be specifically invited to participate. To avoid lenghty presentations they will be specifically asked to provide their throughout the interactive sessions. This way we will be able to capture a series of perspectives across disciplines in a short and concise manner.
    The symposium will be open to all RDA members and does not require a prior knowledge of the workings of any specific group. In this context the RDA leadership is also invited to participate to the symposium.

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