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SyA meeting Wednesday 4th May 2016 at 13:00 CEST

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    Agenda and material to arrive…

    Date: Wednesday 4th May 2016
    Time: 13:00 – 15:00 CEST
    Location: Videoconference/phone (Connecting details later)

    Items placed (in random order) just to be remembered:

    1. The RDA future document

    2. The Recommendations from the RDA Plenary 7

    3. Collected experience from Co-Chairing a RDA WG/IG

    4. Information from the Commission (DG CONNECT/RTD)

    5. European Open Science Cloud/Commission Communication on Cloud

    6. Input from Peter W 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

    7. An overview of all RDA Europe / RDA European countries activities in “2016”

      • i.e. those that have taken place since the last SyA and those foreseen for the coming 6 months or so

    8. Feedback & input from the members

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