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NEW! February 2020: In order to make it easier for you to collaborate with your teams, we have improved the user experience of your Groups’ online space. A series of icons and labels now guide your activity and help you post messages to the group members, create and organise wiki pages, send events’ announcements, publish and organise the outputs and case statements resulting from your group’s activity and browse all the members of your Group. One new area also collects the Plenary sessions your group contributed to.

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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 in Australia

None planned currrently. See "Past Events" below for information on the Virtual Plenary.

Some useful information

Past Events

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