July News: IDW Update, TAB Elections, Group Feedback Requests, and more

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12 Jul 2018

July News: IDW Update, TAB Elections, Group Feedback Requests, and more



International Data Week Update

  • Travel and Lodging
    With IDW less than four months away, now is the time to book your travel and lodging to ensure you identify the most cost-effective and time-efficient flight. Taking place at the Gaborone International Convention Centre, which is a 20 minute drive from the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, you have the option to stay at the Grand Palm Resort, which is part of the Centre and collocated with the Peermont Metcourt and Peermont Walmont Hotels. You also have the option to stay at numerous other hotels that are in close proximity to the venue.
  • IDW 2018 Programme
    A high-level programme with key events is now available, and subject to change. Detailed session breakout schedules, plenary speakers/topics and co-located meetings will be added in the coming weeks.
  • Keynote Speakers
    The organisers and programme committee are pleased to announce the following individuals will be delivering keynote presentations during at the International Data Week 2018:
    • Rob Adam
      South African Radio Astronomy Observatory and Square Kilometre Array
    • Fosca Giannotti
      National Research Council, Pisa, Italy
    • Jörg Helmschrot
    • Elizabeth Marincola
      African Academy of Sciences
    • Simeon Materechera
      North West University
    • Ismail Serageldin
      Bibliotheca Alexandrina

      View their full profiles.

  • Call for Posters - Coming Soon!
    RDA will be announcing a Call for Posters in the upcoming days and will be notifying the community by e-mail, social media and posting on the RDA and International Data Week websites.

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Group Feedback Requests

Data Fabric Interest Group - Supporting Outputs

  • Persistent Identifiers: Consolidated Assertions - Experts from 47 European research infrastructure initiatives and ERICs have agreed on a set of assertions about the nature, creation and usage of Persistent Identifiers. This work was done in close synchronisation with this RDA group, ensuring a global validation of the assertions.
  • Summary of Virtual Layer Recommendations - This output describes a concept for establishing a comprehensive network of components for the management of digital objects.

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Call for TAB Nominations

RDA is now seeking candidates for its annual TAB election, to be held in November 2018.  Terms are for three (3) years. We encourage participation from RDA members at all stages of their careers, but please note that current members of RDA’s Council, Secretariat, and Organizational Advisory Board are not eligible for TAB membership. 

Nominations will be accepted until midnight UTC on 30 September 2018. Learn more.


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CODATA Issues Call for Papers Highlighting RDA Results

CODATA is requesting high quality papers describing the latest results of RDA working groups (WGs) or interest groups (IGs) that have recently produced an output, including recommendation and associated use cases that could highlight the added value of RDA work in the data related fields.  With the goal to give increased visibility to research results and outcomes through the development of this special collection of papers, this resource will become a point of reference for experts from the international community that are committed to directly or indirectly enabling data sharing, exchange, or interoperability.  The first submission deadline is 1 September 2018, with accepted articles being published on a rolling basis.  Learn more

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Blog Post - Intro to RDA: How Data Librarians can Get Involved

Jonathan Petters, co-Chair of the WDS/RDA Assessment of Data Fitness for Use Working Group, authored this blog post discussing the benefits of RDA within the library sciences community and the success of the webinar titled "Intro to RDA: How Data Librarians can Get Involved." Read blog post.

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RDA Early Career and Engagement Interest Group: Building Early Career Support and Mentoring Networks - Blog Post by Devan Ray Donaldson

The RDA Early Career and Engagement Interest Group (ECEIG) has successfully hosted three online “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) sessions. These monthly sessions are the keystone of the informal mentoring programme established by the group. Brainstorming how to respond to the need for mentoring and support that have been often expressed by the early career researchers and practitioners within RDA, the IG found that the format of informal synchronous sessions works best. The format accommodates busy schedules and varying expectations and communication styles.

During these monthly AMA sessions mentors, mentees and others interested in building this community come together in a virtual room and engage in open lively discussions. The discussions are organized around three broad themes – RDA-related questions, professional development and networking opportunities. Such a flexible structure establishes a common context, while also providing the freedom to identify relevant questions and address other topics. The last two sessions, for example, discussed funding for data repositories, the role of data management plans in various domains, and outreach in providing data services.

The feedback on the sessions is overwhelmingly positive. Among the mentors the AMA sessions were attended by Martha Teperek (TU Delft), Sarah Jones (UK Digital Curation Centre) and Lynn Yarmey (RDA/US). Says an early career researcher from the Netherlands Ricarda Braukmann (DANS):

The call was very useful for me, it brought me in contact with the right people and helped me to find the information I needed for my project on assessing RDA groups and outputs relevant for social sciences researchers.

The AMAs are planned for every third Wednesday of the month starting in September 2018. The notes from the previous calls are available in the ECEIG GitHub repository https://github.com/fpsom/rda-eceig. The group also has its own Slack channel (invitation here) and Twitter channel.

Read the full blog post.


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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine Announce Release Date for Report titled “Open Science By Design”

Earlier this month, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Board on Research Data and Information hosted a public release of a consensus study report, Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research.

Wide access to scientific research results has proven to be an important tool for accelerating scientific progress. An ad hoc committee under the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), which included several RDA members, conducted a study on the challenges of broadening access to the results of scientific research, described as “open science” and produced a consensus report with findings and recommendations. Download the report.

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New Organisational Member: Battelle-NEON

Battelle's vision is to be a major force in science and technology discovery and in the translation of knowledge into innovative applications that have significant societal and economic impacts. Battelle is completing the construction of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Once completed and fully functional, NEON will serve as an extremely important national asset for providing long-term ecological data to the scientific community. Learn more about Battelle-NEON and their role within RDA.  

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RDA Europe Grants: Deadline Extension for Call for New Nodes and New Call for Evaluators

RDA Europe 4.0 is seeking external evaluators to support the review process of  applications received in response to the series of Open Calls for grants dedicated to RDA Europe Early Career Researchers and Experts, Ambassadors, RDA output-adoption and National Nodes. The deadline for application for the latter has been extended to 16 August 17.00 CEST. Information and application criteria for all RDA Europe grants are availalbe here.

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Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem: Conference Summary Available


Last November, a one-day workshop for scientists and data and information professionals was held, focusing on the management of digital representations of research objects. The workshop was sponsored by CENDI, RDA-US (Lynn Yarmey was part of the organizing committee), National Federation of Advanced Information Services and the National Academies Board.  The conference summary is now and includes a recap of presentations delivered by several RDA members, including:

  • Peter Wittenburg (RDA EU)
  • Larry Lannom  (TAB)
  • Todd Carpenter (co-chair NISO/RDA Privacy Implications of Research Data Sets IG)
  • Carole Goble (co-chair ELIXIR Bridging Force IG)
  • Dave Vieglais (now co-chair Data Usage Metrics WG)
  • Danie Kinkade (now co-chair ESIP/RDA Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences IG)

View report.

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RDA Communication Kit

To assist our members in communicating the value of RDA to those outside of our community, a Communications Toolkit is available on the RDA website (Visit News & Media  from the top navigation and select “Communications Toolkit” link), which includes numerous resources, including presentation templates, membership statistics and publications.  Most recently, RDA Endorsement and Logo Usage Guidelines were added to this page. 

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