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Bringing the RDA Community to your Community

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    Allyson Lister

    Please Note: This joint session was merged with the BoF application Harnessing the power of the RDA: grants and other instruments supporting grass-roots expertise, knowledge sharing and community building.
    The Session was renamed and the new application is here: Community Engagement That Works! Examining tools and success stories of pathways to Engagement in Community-led organisations at a global level

    1. The RDA Community
    The RDA Community. The RDA Community Development Manager will give an overview of RDA community groups, outputs and adoption stories. The RDA’s upcoming thematic 10th Anniversary series of events and activities will be presented in addition to the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshops organised during each month of 2023. 
    Bringing RDA to Research Communities. As part of the EOSC Future project, the RDA has led efforts designed to facilitate improved awareness of open science practices, services, and resources available within the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and RDA, leading to enhanced engagement with open science across disciplinary communities. One of these efforts involved a series of open calls for domain ambassadors who would form a helpful network of disciplinary experts to act as skilled communicators around EOSC and RDA within their respective communities. Some highlights of RDA’s engagement work will be shared followed by presentations from several current and former ambassadors.
    2. FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme / Ambassadorship
    FAIRsharing use case. The FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme and Allyson Lister’s RDA / EOSC Future ambassadorship provide a key use case highlighting the benefits of engaging with the larger RDA community as a way of enriching your own project/research community, and also by engaging our FAIRsharing community to enhance the RDA.

    Engagement with multiple communities provides benefits for FAIRsharing. The RDA / EOSC future ambassadorship enhances our current levels of engagement with these networks

    The Community Curation Programme: community building and benefits gained

    3. RDA/EOSC Ambassadorship use cases
    Current and former RDA Ambassadors have been invited to give short presentations about their experiences and how they affect the communities they serve. Topics include:

    What were the benefits/challenges of being an ambassador for RDA and getting RDA messages and outputs back to your community? 

    What support did you have for outreach & community building? 

    What were the effects of your ambassadorship (maybe a better question for past ambassadors)?

    4. Building Community Ties Panel and Q&A

    Community Stories: Examples of existing communities with ties to the RDA

    How did your community discover the RDA? How aware is your community of the RDA?

    What was hard/easy about linking your community to the RDA?
    Are there tools to help with this linking? E.g. CSCCE, OSC

    What does your community get out of the RDA? How do you make use of its outputs?

    Increasing Engagement from Communities to the RDA

    Engaging with early-stage researchers to broaden RDA reach

    Increasing Engagement from RDA to the Community. It’s harder to bring RDA outputs to your communities than it is to bring communities into the RDA.

    Putting into Practice: Bringing RDA outputs back to your community. How can RDA outputs have  practical implementations in the communities it serves? E.g. Data stewards are one entry point for the outputs to gain usage in many communities outside of the RDA.

    Usability and Impact of Outputs 

    Engaging Researchers with Data IG: funding to adopt the outputs worked positively in the past with regards to usability/impacts of outputs. How did this work, and could it be applied in future?

    There is a need for practical advice / educational material on how to implement outputs of the RDA. How do your communities (e.g. data stewards) make use of the outputs? Are they easy to find or do you just use certain ones of groups you know well? 

    How do you measure the impact or adoption of an RDA output within a community, such that it can provide meaningful feedback into its utility and inform the process for creating outputs in the future. What is the most useful form of output? What have existing RDA groups done, and with what degrees of success?

    Consider guest speakers from orgs/initiatives who have adoption stories to share (

    What makes recommendations and outputs reusable? 

    How easy/hard was it to adopt an output in practice? What were the challenges? What were the benefits? 

    Panel and audience Q&A

    How have they ‘tapped into the RDA community’? Encourage attendees to share adoption stories for any recommendations and outputs they have implemented

    Ideas for increasing usage of RDA outputs

    The updated disciplines and spotlight pages are key to helping people outside the RDA understand how to best make use of its outputs. 

    What other ideas might the audience and panelists have? e.g. FAIR Cookbook recipes, infographics (would there be support from the RDA for this)?

    1. First group option
    FAIRsharing Registry: Connecting data policies, standards and databases RDA WG

    3.Third group option
    Early Career and Engagement IG

    Additional links to informative material

    RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassadorships: 

    FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme: 

    Avoid conflict with the following group (1)
    Data Repository Attributes WG

    Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group
    FAIRsharing WG
    To promote further adoption and drive improvement of the adopted FAIRsharing registry, the WG contributes to a number of activities with other RDA groups; these activities reflect the requests and needs of the community, and are open and inclusive for all stakeholders. The WG community network encompasses repositories, maintainers and developers, standard-developing organisations, journals and journal publishers, funders, librarians, data stewards, and other scholarly organisations and alliances.
    Professionalising Data Stewardship IG
    The Professionalising Data Stewardship Interest Group focuses on sharing good practices, initiatives, and projects that could help research organisations in professionalising data stewardship. It thus aims to stimulate collaboration within and outside the RDA community. Data stewards have always been a major stakeholder for FAIRsharing; the communities represented by the FAIRsharing WG and PDS IG are overlapping in scope, as both are focused on building a strong community of expert data facilitators. 
    Data stewards have been working hard as part of this IG to get their roles recognised within projects as key people for creating and sustaining FAIR outputs. The efforts of both communities on network building and utilising RDA outputs makes this IG a great match for a joint session around the challenges and benefits of communities within and beyond the RDA.
    RDA Engaging Researchers with Data IG
    The RDA Engaging Researchers with Data IG is an established IG created to exchange best practices on how to effectively engage with researchers about research data and develop resources to help various research organisations increase engagement with their research communities. The motivation behind this group is to build social bridges that enable open sharing and re-use of data. As such, it is well placed to provide user stories on how successful community engagement with organisations and outputs has occurred in the past, and on how organisations like the RDA can increase engagement with their outputs.
    RDA Early Career and Engagement IG
    The RDA Early Career and Engagement IG is an established IG that provides a focal point for Early and Mid-Career Researchers and Professionals, including those involved in various RDA-related fellowships and Early Career programs. Specifically, the IG focuses on support with networking amongst themselves to learn about other Early Career scientists and their research, i.e., establishing a “network of peers”, and mentoring from senior RDA members who are interested in mentoring Early Career Researchers and Professionals. As such, it is well placed to provide user stories on how early career researchers have learned about and successfully engaged with the RDA, and how they grow RDA awareness and membership back in their “home” community.

    Estimate of the required room capacity

    Group chair serving as contact person
    Allyson Lister

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

    If “Other,” Please specify:
    Community Building/Engagement

    Meeting presenters
    Connie Clare, Beth Knazook, Allyson Lister, Lindsey Anderson, Ana Slavec, Sebastien Denvil, Pedro Freitas Mendes, Francis Crawley, Romain David, Jaana Pinnick, Fotis E. Psomopoulos, Elli Papadopoulou

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    Target Audience

    Researchers who would like to know how best to make use of research resources to enable FAIR (e.g. databases, standards, policies) and RDA outputs specifically but are not sure how to do so.

    Resource managers and developers who would like to contribute to the description of their research resources

    RDA chairs that have created outputs and wish to see it used “in the wild” within the broader research community, but isn’t sure how best to advertise it

    RDA chairs that have successfully integrated an RDA output within their community. They are invited to provide their user story and suggest ways to capitalise on this success.

    Data facilitators (e.g. librarians, data stewards) who wish to discover the outputs that will best help them in their roles

    Early career researchers, who are often very active in their home universities/research projects and local research communities. Their feedback on the challenges/benefits of joining the RDA as an ECR and making use of its outputs would be welcome. How can WGs and IGs suggest activities and outputs that might be of particular interest to ECRs (e.g. the FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme)?

    Any RDA member who is engaged and excited about the opportunities for networking with the RDA, but isn’t sure how to bring the RDA network back to their “home” research community

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