Host the international Research Data Alliance community’s meeting in early 2018

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Host the international Research Data Alliance community’s meeting in early 2018
23 Jan 2017

Host the international Research Data Alliance community’s meeting in early 2018

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Council is seeking proposals from organisations or countries interested in hosting the 11th RDA Plenary meeting in early 2018 (from late February to early April).

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) brings together a diverse community of data scientists, librarians, computer scientists, and domain scientists coming from both the public and private sector with one common goal – to remove the barriers to data sharing and reuse. It is a global member based alliance with over 4,700 members coming from 117 countries. RDA members work together in self formed focused Working groups and exploratory Interest Groups, looking at a range of technical and social challenges to data sharing.

RDA organizes Plenary meetings working events, built around the breakout sessions of the RDA Working, Interest and Birds of a Feather Groups every six months. These Plenary meetings are dynamic, international events that attract upwards of 600 participants and many related, co-located meetings. Plenaries can provide great visibility and enhanced global stature for hosting agencies and organisations.

RDA Plenaries serve two broad purposes — to support and facilitate the current work of RDA and to inform and broaden the reach of RDA. For this plenary, we focus more intently on maintaining current momentum and supporting current work. Other plenaries will focus more on broadening engagement and scope. 

The RDA Plenary Guidelines describe the requirements and criteria for selecting Plenary hosts. Proposals can come from countries and organisations anywhere in the world. For this plenary, the RDA Council will consider the following criteria, in addition to the considerations described in the guidelines:

  • The engagement with and support of RDA by the hosting country and organisation(s) with RDA. 
  • Global accessibility of the location especially for currently active members of RDA
  • Local staff support for planning and implementing the meeting
  • Financial support for the meeting through sponsorship, government grants, or other independent means. Hosts should not expect registration fees to cover the full cost of the meeting.

If you are interested in potentially hosting an RDA Plenary, please contact Hilary Hanahoe (h.hanahoe[at] and we can provide more information on the benefits and requirements of hosting.