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RDA Ambassadors and Champions: Building an IG with lessons learned

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    Beth Knazook

    This meeting will aim to cover a number of topics to help define the scope of a group that has many possible benefits to both the RDA and its members. We will look at the impact of previous European funded ambassadors and consider how the RDA and other networks amplify efforts.

    10min: Background and history of grant-funded RDA Ambassador programs
    15min: Introduction to the RDA Ambassador IG charter (What does it mean to be an ambassador/community champion/evangelist/mentor/facilitator/…?)

    What do ambassadors achieve?
    What do they get out of it?
    How are their achievements acknowledged or attributed?
    Who can participate?

    45min: Alumni Ambassadors roundtable (Opportunities for individuals to pitch ideas for increasing connectivity between their community and RDA)

    Opportunities for implementing RDA outputs
    Examples of outreach and engagement activities within their communities
    Support ideas to build capacity for volunteer engagement
    Encouraging interdisciplinary conversations, sharing expertise and best practices

    20min: Next steps

    Focus on broadening the scope of the IG beyond Europe
    Timeline for finalising the group charter

    1. First group option
    FAIRsharing Registry: Connecting data policies, standards and databases RDA WG

    Additional links to informative material
    About the RDA/EOSC Future Domain Ambassadors:, 
    FAIRSharing community champions programme: 
    CODATA/RDA schools: 

    Applicable Pathways
    Professional Networking and Social Aspects, Discipline Focused Data Issues

    Are you willing to host a second, repeat session in a different time zone?

    Avoid conflict with the following group (2)
    Professionalising Data Stewardship IG

    Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group
    A Domain Ambassadors IG was proposed at the Salzburg Plenary in 2023, and informal group meetings focused on developing a charter were called following the Plenary. 
    (Collaborative notes: Slides:
    This interest group aims to continue the work of the RDA4EOSC and RDA/EOSC Future Domain Ambassadors, who developed a network and gathered broad experience from European funded projects. 

    Group chair serving as contact person
    Allyson Lister

    I declare that I have informed the chairs of all the Working / Interest groups included in this joint meeting application.

    Meeting objectives
    This collaborative session will highlight the contributions of ambassador programs to the development of open science and the adoption of FAIR data sharing across domains of research and practice, and aims to continue a discussion begun in the RDA Plenary 21 in Salzburg around the benefit and value of a Domain Ambassadors IG in facilitating collaboration and engagement for those developing research training, engaging in science diplomacy, promoting FAIR data principles, modeling good scholarly communication, and advocating for open science education.
    To do this we will reflect on the past experiences of the RDA/EOSC Future Domain Ambassadors as well as other groups who have experience with structured support for RDA engagement or promotion of FAIR data practices. This will be used to refine the charter for the IG, develop a plan for future activities and their scope while also exploring questions of sustainability such as: turnover mechanisms, exploring support opportunities from individuals and organisations, and expanding the group’s involvement to include more globally diverse participants.

    Please indicate a minimum of (3) three breakout slot (s) that would suit your repeat session in a different time zone.
    Breakout 6, Breakout 9, Breakout 15

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    Target Audience
    Anyone interested in outreach, engagement, training, advocacy, and community-building.

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