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European and Global Engagement Strategy

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    Date: Wednesday 4th May 2016
    Time: 13:00 – 15:00 CEST
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    Access Code: 540-032-933
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    The meeting minutes ara available through the link.
    1) Welcome and introduction to the RDA Europe Synchronisation Assembly concept (15 min.)

    The SyA landing page with some background:
    Deliverables (all not yet approved by the Commission) by RDA Europe 2/3 available at Appendix 3 (end of this page) to support the discussion at the meeting.

    Link file repository:

    A draft document to aid discussion in RDA/US (link).
    Powerpoint presentation to be presented at the meeting with Augusto Burgueño Arjona (EC) at the 3 May 2016 (link).

    2) Information from the Commission (DG CONNECT/RTD) – Input from the Commission – Augusto Burgueño Arjona (15 min.)

    NFRASUPP-02-2017: Policy and international cooperation measures for research infrastructures

    Deadline 29 Mar 2017

    European Open Science Cloud/Commission Communication on Cloud

    Link to “Communication: European Cloud Initiative – Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe”:
    High Level Expert Group for the European Open Science Cloud DRAFT Report: link

    3) Short intro on the RDA Future Directions Document – Hilary Hanahoe (30 min.)

    Link to the document Wiki page:
    Link to Hilary’s presentation:

    4) Discussion around the planning for the RDA Europe 4 (30 min.)

    Information about RDA sustainability plans from other continents (AU) – Ross Wilkinson & N.N.
    Input from Larry Lannom (US).
    Collected experience from the European Co-Chairs in the RDA WG/IG, in particular on the support and activities needed from RDA Europe and RDA Global – European WG/IG Co-Chairs.
    Comments and input from European RDA Organisational Members – RDA Organisational Members
    Input from people:

    Doris Wedlich (link)
    Jamie Shiers (link)

    5) Concrete actions to be taken in Europe to secure the European support for RDA (30 min.)

    To better understand the strengths and weaknesses of RDA Europe a consulting Brainstorming F2F meeting is planned to assess goals to be met for future RDA activities and who wishes to contribute is planned for 14th & 15th June in Amsterdam. Either as a noon to noon meeting (14 – 15.6) or a full day on either 14th or 15th June.
    Suggestions for the agenda in Amsterdam is encouraged.
    After the meeting it was decided NOT to organise the F2F meeting but an open video conference on the 14th June at 11:00 – 14:00 UTC (13:00 – 16:00 CEST) with the goal to discuss and agree upon RDA Europe functions/tasks/services needed for the next phase of the RDA Europe project.

    Appendix – Supporting documents & input
    (1) Input from Peter Wittenburg to the SyA:

    Sustainability of RDA
    This aspect is getting discussed at various places now, The US colleagues created a kind of White Paper about how funding of RDA US can look like after NSF funding will end in 2018. This interesting WP has been distributed to all 1000+ experts involved in RDA from the US side to open a broad discussion. I heard that the topic was also discussed in the Council. Yet we did not have a broad discussion in Europe and did not get any info from council. But also in Europe we need to open this discussions as well, although it seems that funds have been earmarked to RDA by EC within the next Work Programme, so we will have slightly more time until funding may come to an end. The Board of Directors of the RDA EU project will have a first discussion, but since RDA is owned by all engaged people, we need a broad discussion in Europe. I will check whether the WP of the US can be sent around openly to SyA.
    Guidelines / Recommendations
    Senior scientists and funders are asking for guidelines/recommendations that can reduce the huge solution space, make data work much more efficient and thus reduce the costs involved. Within the RDA Data Fabric IG the so-called Paris document was created to start this discussion and see where people may agree and disagree ( As a result of this discussion the DFIG co-chairs started now a web-page on guidelines which is open for discussion: . The current list is by far not comprehensive and needs contributions from various areas. Please, get involved in this interaction and also ask your colleagues to participate. At the next plenary in Denver we want to present first results.
    Peter Wittenburg
    RDA Europe

    (2) Template to collect input for RDA Europe 4

    (a) support to the RDA secretariat for logistics, open access to RDA reference documents and dissemination activities

    Essential 1:
    Essential 2:

    Nice to haves:

    Nice to have 1:
    Nice to have 2:

    (b) support the emergence of building blocks of an open, interoperable data infrastructure fostering interoperability across regions, organisations and scientific disciplines

    Essential 1:
    Essential 2:

    Nice to haves:

    Nice to have 1:
    Nice to have 2:

    (c) support ESFRI infrastructures and new communities to engage in Open Science and data sharing principles. In particular, the proposal activities should provide financial support of the organisation and coordination of European stakeholders’ active participation and contribution to the Research Data Alliance

    Essential 1:
    Essential 2:

    Nice to haves:

    Nice to have 1:
    Nice to have 2:

    (3) Deliverables submitted by RDA Europe 2 & 3 to the Commission during the last 6 months

    RDA Europe 2 (finished 31.03.2016)

    D2.1 – European Stakeholder Engagement Report
    D3.1 – European and Global Engagement Strategy
    D3.2 – Output Publishing Strategy
    Available at

    RDA Europe 3 (started 01.09.2015)

    D2.1 – Planning and Activity Reports
    D3.1 – Planning and Activity Report (Month 3)
    D4.1 – Practitioner Engagement and Uptake Report 1
    D4.5 – Planning and Activities Report 1
    D5.1 – European Stakeholder Engagement Plan
    Available at

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