July Newsletter - RDA Virtual Plenary 18 Session and Poster Submission Deadlines, IGAD Community of Practice, Call for TAB Nominations

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23 Jul 2021

July Newsletter - RDA Virtual Plenary 18 Session and Poster Submission Deadlines, IGAD Community of Practice, Call for TAB Nominations

Session and Poster Submission Deadlines for VP18


Have you heard the quote “The bad news is time flies; the good news is you're the pilot.”? We think that quote may apply to VP18. Yes, it is only the end of July, but now is the time to start planning for your experience at VP18, scheduled to take place 3-18 November.  Featuring breakout meetings for working and interest groups, poster sessions and networking opportunities, you can look forward to participating in numerous small, interactive meetings within a structured agenda that enable collaboration, visibility, and advancement of projects.


Why not make the most of your experience at VP18 by leading a session or participating in the poster sessions? Deadlines to submit your interest for these events are fast approaching, so be sure to mark your calendars.  

  • Birds of a Feather Sessions (Submission deadline is 6 August)
    Eligible for submission by all RDA members, BoF sessions provide attendees an opportunity to consider potential topics that could be recommended for the creation of new working or interest groups.
  • Working and Interest Group Sessions and Joint Meetings (Submission deadline is 6 August)
    Group chairs are eligible to submit a session for a working and/or interest group or joint meeting. These sessions are interactive and informational, giving existing and new members the opportunity to learn about the groups’ objectives and progress to date and in achieving deliverables, while collaborating to determine and implement next steps regarding adoption and other related activities. Please coordinate with your group chair to submit proposals for Working/Interest Group Sessions and Joint Meetings, as they can only be accepted from group chairs. For Joint Meetings, all chairs from each participating group must be notified prior to submission.
  • Poster Session (Submission deadline is 15 September)
    The Poster Session will be offered four times throughout the event, and will provide an excellent opportunity to share your research accomplishments with an audience of data practitioners, computer scientists, researchers, policy makers and private sector representatives. Leveraging the platform, gather.town, poster sessions will be scheduled at different times to accommodate multiple time zones.

Registration is also opening soon (see website for info on rates), so expect more updates in the coming weeks.

RDA Information Sessions

For those members unfamiliar with RDA or for those that would like to learn a bit more detail about certain areas of the organisation, three brief information sessions will be held in the coming months leading up to VP18.  Mark your calendars and register to attend one (or all) if your schedule permits.




RDA and ESIP Physical Samples Webinar Series presents "RRIDs: A Way to Track Samples Through the Scientific Literature" Webinar

10 Aug 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00 UTC

The second webinar in this series will outline how Research Resource IDs - persistent identifiers used to track key biological resources (i.e. "physical samples" for the biomedical field) successfully drove improvements in resource identification. It will highlight lessons learned and how any research field could learn from the challenges that the RRID project faced in implementing RRIDs, in particular, the successful adoption of RRIDs by publishers and the research community is of interest to anyone interested in persistent identifiers. Learn more.


Webinar: ORCID, DOIs and Return on Investment for Research Infrastructure 

12 Aug 2021 - 6:00 UTC to 7:00 UTC

Co-sponsored by CAUL, ARDC and AAF, this webinar will focus on the June 2021 report by MoreBrains Cooperative for Jisc UK. Author Josh Brown (MoreBrains Cooperative), along with Natasha Simons (ARDC) and Melroy Almeida (AAF ORCID Consortium), discuss how Australia might achieve similar benefits through adoption of ‘priority PIDs’. Learn more.

Webinar: FAIR Island: Networked, Machine-Actionable DMPs for Open Science

26 Aug 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00 UTC


Imagine a dream scenario for Open Data advocates: A working field station that supports scientists with research data management practices that allow for their data to be used beyond the initial purpose of the project! Tetiaroa is such a place! The FAIR Island project examines the impact of implementing optimal research data management policies and requirements, affording us the unique opportunity to look at the outcomes of strong data policies at a working field station. Building on the Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars (IDEA) Consortium (see Davies et al. 2016), the FAIR Island Project leverages collaboration between the University of California Gump Station, located on Moorea in French Polynesia, and Tetiaroa Society, which operates a newly established field station located on the atoll of Tetiaroa. Read More and Register Here.

Webinar: How To Make Software FAIR

30 Aug 2021 - 11:00 to 13:00 UTC


The Swedish and Danish #RDA nodes (operated by SND and DeIC) present this webinar, focusing on the basic differences between data and software, the outputs of the RDA FAIR4RS WG, and the experiences within the Nordic Region.


Featured speakers include Leyla Jael Garcia-Castro (FAIR4RS WG), Carlos Martinez Ortiz (FAIR4RS WG), Malin Sandström (INCF, SE), and Radovan Bast (CodeRefinery, NO).  Learn more.

Group updates: 

The Interest Group on Agricultural Data Proposes Formation of RDA Community of Practice

In an effort to build discipline or domain specific communities, the RDA introduced Communities of Practice (CoP) to its membership in December 2020. To form a CoP, an Agreement must be submitted to RDA from at least one existing RDA IG or WG that has produced RDA-endorsed Recommendations and/or Supporting Outputs and then undergo a six-week community review by RDA’s Technical Advisory Board, Organisational Advisory Board, Regional Advisory Board and member community.


The Interest Group on Agriculture is the first RDA group to submit this agreement, which is now in community review until 6 August. RDA members are encouraged to review this agreement and provide comments about their objectives and planned activities.  Learn more.

Call Open for 2021 TAB Nominations

RDA is seeking candidates for the annual Technical Advisory Board (TAB) election, to be held in November 2021. TAB Terms are for three (3) years. The TAB is an essential and crucial governance board within the RDA, providing the organization with invaluable technical oversight, vision, guidance and advice. A volunteer position, TAB membership is a rewarding experience, offering an opportunity to engage with colleagues worldwide and understand the activities and visions in the field of FAIR data, open research and open science.


Nominations will be accepted until 23:59 UTC on 1 October 2021.  Learn more.


Our Members: 


TAB Member Spotlight

In this issue of our newsletter, we are profiling Anthony Oko-isu, a member of RDA's Technical Advisory Board (TAB). He is a lecturer and Head of the Agribusiness and Management Department at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University in Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) of Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Learn more.

Updates From: 


Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science Pilot Initiative: Grants Awarded

The International COVID-19 Data Alliance (ICODA) recently announced ten global projects under its Grand Challenges initiative which will address urgent research questions relating to the ongoing pandemic using innovative data science approaches and seek to have rapid impact on the health of communities across the world. These projects were identified following a global funding call launched at the end of 2020 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Minderoo Foundation. They involve researchers in 19 countries with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries including Brazil, Colombia, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda. Learn more.

EOSC Future Call for Evaluators

EOSC Future Call for Evaluators EOSC Future is seeking experts to evaluate a series of diverse grants to be awarded by the RDA over the course of the EOSC Future project. Though the call will remain open for submissions until June 2023, experts will be called on to evaluate grant applications as soon as October 2021.  Learn more.

Plenary Updates: 


RDA 19th Plenary Meeting, Part of International Data Week, 20–23 June 2022, Seoul, South Korea

The founding organisations, the International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the local hosts announce that the main conference of International Data Week 2021 will be postponed to 20-23 June 2022. Associated events will take place from 18-26 June 2022. The conference will be a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation.


Call for Applications to Host International Data Week (IDW) 2025

Applications are now being accepted to host International Data Week 2025. IDW is a global and inclusive event organised by the Committee on Data (CODATA) and the World Data System (WDS) of the International Science Council (ISC), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA). It connects data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and data stewards from disciplines across the globe to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve science and society through data-driven discovery and innovation. IDW combines the RDA Plenary Meeting, the bi-annual meeting of this international member organisation working to develop and support global infrastructure facilitating data sharing and reuse, and SciDataCon, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research organised by CODATA and WDS. To learn more about the application process and previous and upcoming International Data Week editions, visit https://rd-alliance.org/call-applications-host-international-data-week-idw-2025.

SAVE THE DATE: International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, 23–26 October 2023, Salzburg, Austria

The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and RDA have announced  International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, taking place on 23–26 October 2023 in Salzburg, Austria. Learn more.




Recommendations & Outputs: 


RDA wants to hear about your new adoption stories to encourage the further uptake of RDA outputs. Tell us about your organisation and share your story of adoption and its impact, based on RDA Recommendations and Outputs.


Link to the form here!