RDA in Australia







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This is a working area dedicated to RDA-related activities, updates and events in Australia.


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Information about upcoming RDA events 

RDA Virtual Plenary 17 (20-23 April 2021, Edinburgh, Scotland)

The Digital Curation Centre in collaboration with Jisc and STFC-UKRI will be hosting RDA'S 17th Plenary meeting on 20-23 April 2021, as a fully virtual event. 

The aim of these sessions is to help participants new to RDA to understand how RDA works, assist them in navigating the Plenary, and provide an opportunity for meeting some RDA members. At these sessions, you typically hear from the RDA Secretary General, the RDA Secretariat, RDA Working and Interest Group chairs, and members of the RDA governance bodies, and are warmly invited to ask questions and interact with other participants.

Please note that you do not have to attend RDA Virtual Plenary 17 to join these sessions.

  • You can find more information about the Plenary on the VP17 page.
  • The recording and presentations from the first webinar on RDA and Why You Should Attend Virtual Plenary 17 can be found here


International Data Week (IDW) 2021, 8–11 November 2021, Seoul, South Korea

The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) are delighted to announce that the 2021 edition of International Data Week (IDW 2021) will be held on 8–11 November 2021 in Seoul, South Korea. Visit this page for more information, including on the 18th RDA Plenary, which is part of IDW 2021. 



Some useful information

Past Events

Virtual Regional Event (23-27 November 2020)

From 23-27 November 2020, we ran a free Virtual Regional Event picking up the following topics discussed and adddressed at the RDA Plenary in a series of virtual meetings:

Please visit for more information. We wll also publish slides from the sessions there.


RDA Virtual Plenary 16, 9-12 (10-13) November 2020

  • RDA P16 was held as a Virtual Plenary from 9-12 November 2020, which was 10-13 November for our time zones.
  • Recordings from the more than 70 breakout sessions, keynotes, and panel discussions will be made available to registered attendees within 24-48 hours (some sessions are already available) and will be accessible at that location for four weeks.  After that time, we will be uploading the files to the RDA YouTube account, in the VP16 playlist.
  • Virtual Poster Session Competition : A special congratulations to Maria Luiza M. Campos and her team, the winner of the VP16 Poster Session who received the most votes from our virtual attendees, for the poster titled ‘VODAN BRAZIL - the Brazilian experience at the Virus Outbreak Data Network’

  • A more detailed recap of VP16 will be shared with the community in the coming weeks providing statistics, feedback received and lessons learned.


RDA’s Global Adoption Week (15 - 19 June 2020)

Webinars were run each day to demonstrate RDA’s adoptable and adopted solutions to data sharing challenges that people in the field encounter in their daily jobs. Webinar topics will focus on areas of the Research Data Lifecycle and include: Data Management (Monday), Data Description (Tuesday), Identity-Store-Preserve (Wednesday), Disseminate-Link-Find (Thursday), Policy-Legal Compliance-Capacity (Friday).

Please visit to acces the recordings.


RDA Virtual Plenary (18 March - 10 April 2020) RDA Virtual Plenary banner

After the cancellation of RDA Plenary 15, which was to be held in Melbourne from 18-20 March 2020, RDA facilitated a Virtual Plenary (VP 15) meeting with virtual breakout sessions, keynotes and a poster session. The keynotes and many of the breakout sessions were recorded and have been, or will be published. Collaborative session notes are also available for most breakout sessions. You can find more information on the following pages:

Special congratulations to Katarzyna Biernacka, the winner of theVP15 Poster Session who received the most votes from our virtual attendees, for her poster titled ‘The Missing Data - The Relationship Between Legal Requirements and Open Research Data’.

Webinar: Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook

Thursday, 27 February 2020 at 01:00 AM UTC / 12:00 noon AEDT / 11:30 ACDT / 11:00 AEST / 10:30 ACST / 09:00 AWST / 14:00 NZDT (Check the event time in your time zone)

Speakers: James Savage, Connie Clare and Raman Ganguly

Slides and the recording from the Webinar are now available on the Webinar page

Webinar: A Curriculum For Foundational Research Data Science Skills For Early Career Researchers

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 16:00 AEDT / 15:30 ACDT / 15:00 AEST / 14:30 ACST / 13:00 AWST / 05:00 UTC (Check the event time in your time zone)

Speakers: Hugh Shanahan, Paula Martinez, Jacqueline Stephens

Slides and the recording from the Webinar are available on the Webinar page.

Webinar: What is RDA and Why Should I Attend the 15th Plenary in Melbourne? 

Webinar, 11 December 2019, 1:00pm AEDT / 12:30pm ACDT / 12 noon AEST / 11:30 ACST / 10am AWST 

Speakers include Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General, and RDA members from Australia Jill Benn (University of Western Australia), Frankie Stevens (AARNet) and Jens Klump (CSIRO).

Slides and the recording from the Webinar are available on the Webinar page.

At eResearch Australasia 2019 (which took place at the same time as the 14th RDA Plenary in Helsinki), Keith Russell (ARDC) gave a talk on "Reaping the benefits of the Research Data Alliance in Australia". Leanne Griffiths (CSIRO) and Keith also presented an eResearch ePoster: "The Road to Melbourne - how to get the most out of the Plenary".

Specific topics of interest

Data Management Plans

CoreTrustSeal Certification

  • Publishers and funders are increasingly looking at data being deposited in certified Trusted Data Repositories. This came, for example, out of the European Commission Expert Group on FAIR data (p.12, 14, 17; Recommendation 9, 20 p.15, 17) and publisher and community signing of the AGU Enabling FAIR data commitment statement. To help organisations have trustworthy data repositories, particularly the CoreTrustSeal certification, ARDC has been bringing together a community of practice. By sharing experiences and documents through the community of practice, effort will be reduced for all involved to gain CoreTrustSeal certification.  ARDC has already worked with CSIRO, the National Imaging Facility and Australian Data Archive to achieve CoreTrustSeal certification in 2016-2018. 
  • For more detail, please visit