RDA in Australia


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


If you would like to contribute to the group or receive all RDA in Australia updates, please register by clicking on the green "Join Group" button on the right. You will then be automatically subscribed to the group mailinglist.


Please also feel free to share your own events and activities via posts to the mailinglist, by creating Wiki pages, or by adding to the group calendar. You can also email stefanie.kethers<at>ardc.edu.au if you would like information included in this group.

Information about upcoming RDA events in Australia

Upcoming 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, others tbc


Link to Webinar Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4475777989215322635


In this Webinar, Hugh Shanahan will present the curriculum and example materials developed by the RDA/CODATA Summer Schools in Data Science and Cloud Computing in the Developing World WG to give Early Career Researchers (ECRs) the foundational skills in Data Science to work with their data. This curriculum combines technical skills such as Software Carpentry, with responsible research practices such as Open and Responsible Research. In 2016 we ran one school in Trieste, Italy. In 2017 we ran two in Trieste, Italy and São Paulo, Brazil. In 2018 we ran three, in Trieste, Italy, São Paulo, Brazil, and Kigali, Rwanda. In 2019, we ran four, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Trieste, Italy, Abuja, Nigeria and San José, Costa Rica. At the end of  2019, approximately 400 students had been taught on four continents using the curriculum developed.

RDA 15th Plenary Meeting, 18-20 March 2020, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

The 15th RDA Plenary meeting, with the theme "Data for Real-World Impact", will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 18-20 March 2020, co-located with C3DIS, which will be held from 16-20 March 2020.


Registration for the Plenary is now open. Early bird registration is available until 14 February 2020.


The Call for co-located events has been extended to 29 January 2020, 23:59 UTC.


The Call for posters has been extended to 29 January 2020, 23:59 UTC.


Please see the RDA Plenary 15 page, which will be updated regularly, for more information.

Some useful information

Past Events

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 https://bit.ly/2ROY38F.

Recent Activity

05 Nov 2019

The Road to Melbourne - How to get the most out of the Plenary

RDA Plenaries are not like typical academic conferences. Instead, the main part of a Plenary is made up by breakout sessions where RDA members come together to work towards the goals on RDA Interest and Working Groups in Group Sessions, explore synergies between existing groups in Joint Sessions, or run Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions to propose new topics and challenges for the community to work on.


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