Telecon notes


RDA 2nd Plenary Program Committee Notes


Plenary theme has been chosen as “Building Global Partnerships.” There will be the possibility for having plenary sessions or panels (with relevant speakers) around sub-themes of this Plenary theme. Several ideas have been proposed as sub-themes but we will have space for perhaps one or two such sessions.


For keynote speakers, US members of the RDA Council have contacted John Holdren to be the opening keynote speaker. Multiple program committee members mentioned the value of a focus on the social aspects of data sharing, along the lines that Peter Fox describes during the 1st Plenary. During our second webcon, PC members also highlighted the value of having a speaker who could address the scientific or public value of data sharing. There was also agreement about inviting a younger speaker who might be able to emphasize topics such as implications of social media.


Based on these discussions, we have identified the following keynote speakers:





This group would provide a valuable sequencing of the “what” aspects of data sharing (Holdren), the “why” aspects of data sharing (Wilbanks) and the “how” aspects of data sharing (Borgman). If John Holdren isn’t available, then the US members of Council will have to identify an alternate. If Wilbanks isn’t available, then we identified the following alternates:




If Borgman isn’t available, we identified the following alternate:




For the sub-themes associated with “Building Global Partnerships” the PC members discussed three possible ideas in particular:


  • Asia (in particular Japan, China and India)
  • Complementary infrastructure components or organizations (e.g., DataCite, ORCID)
  • Data communities (e.g., ESIP, CODATA, WDS)


There was some concern about highlighting Asia specifically, particularly as it relates to perceptions from other regions (e.g., why not have speakers from Africa or developing countries?). The PC members felt that geographical representation, while important, could be accomplished through other sessions or means.


It is worth noting that the DataCite group is planning a meeting immediately after the 2nd Plenary so some of their representatives would most probably be in attendance. The ORCID group has issued a recent RFP with a deadline of August 31 for institutions, consortia, etc. that would build prototype implementations. It might be useful to hear from ORCID about the responses to this RFP.


The PC members agreed that a structured, facilitated discussion with other data community groups such as ESIP, CODATA and WDS would be helpful if it highlighted actionable ideas or means for connecting to RDA. Everyone agreed that another discussion about potential overlap, duplication, etc. would not be particularly helpful. Instead, a panel discussion (with audience participation) that highlights specific actions to address these issues would be useful and relevant. For example, it would be interesting to hear how two RDA groups successfully combined with their WDS counterpart groups.