The Value of RDA for COVID-19
During the last month, there has been extensive promotion of the RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines for Data Sharing. RDA has been featured in many news articles, webinars are taking place on the Recommendations, organisations are endorsing the outputs, and group members are sharing their experience in developing this fast-tracked report. With all of these activities, we are now featuring a web page titled “The Value of RDA for COVID-19", which includes all of this information and more - we encourage you to check it out and share with friends and colleagues.
Specifically, we recommend you read about the following:
Plenary 16 – Deadline for Session Proposals is 4 August
With the rising pandemic numbers across the globe and continued travel and financial constraints, the organising committee for Plenary 16 continues to plan for a virtual-only event (VP16) in November, with the Call for Sessions open through 4 August. For those new to RDA, sessions fall into the following categories:
- Working and Interest Group sessions
- Joint Meetings (include multiple working and interest groups)
- Birds of a Feather sessions
For Working and Interest Group sessions and Joint Meetings, group members and new RDA members discuss the group’s activities and determine and implement next steps regarding outreach and adoption. Birds of a Feather sessions provide members an opportunity to present potential topics that could be recommended for the creation of new working and/or interest groups.
Additional VP16 Updates
Registration for VP16 will be opening in the coming weeks. There will be a charge for the event, averaging about USD 100 per person, to help offset technology and event management costs. RDA-US plans to support any RDA-US chair who will be chairing a session and/or participating in the poster session, as well as offer scholarship opportunities to RDA-US members who may have a hardship in paying this fee. More details on all support opportunities will be announced when registration opens.
- Technology for VP16
We are in the final stage of negotiations with technology vendors for VP16, with a decision expected soon. Based on feedback received from you, our member community, we will be selecting a vendor who can provide a highly interactive and usable experience for attendees. We’re confident VP16 will meet most, if not all, of your goals for a virtual conference. Stay tuned for more details!
- Call for Posters
Although you have a bit more time to submit a Poster Application, why not submit sooner than later? Submission numbers will help guide us in designing the best virtual experience for attendees, so if you have a few extra minutes, please consider also submitting your poster with your session proposal.
- Webinar Alert: What is RDA and Why Should I Attend VP16?
9 September 2020 | 5-6PM UTC | 1- 2:00 PM EST (Check the event time in your time zone)
Join us in this webinar to learn more about RDA and why you should attend VP16. Speakers include Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General, and RDA members from Costa Rica, Canada and the United States.
- Contact Us
If you have any questions/concerns regarding VP16, please contact the RDA-US office at firstname.lastname@example.org.