July Newsletter: The Value of RDA for COVID-19, VP16 Deadline for Session Proposals, Newly Published Outputs and more

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23 Jul 2020

July Newsletter: The Value of RDA for COVID-19, VP16 Deadline for Session Proposals, Newly Published Outputs and more

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.

Learn more.

Additional VP16 Updates

  • Registration
    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 rdaus@rda-foundation.org.

Group updates: 


TAB Elections 2020 - Call for Nominations

RDA is seeking candidates for the annual TAB election, to be held in November 2020. TAB Terms are for three (3) years. We encourage participation from RDA members at all stages of their careers. 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 23:59 UTC on 1 October 2020. Learn more.


Our Members: 

Mark Leggott Appointed Chair of the CODATA International Data Policy Committee

Last week, the CODATA Officers and Executive Committee announced the appointment of Mark Leggott as the new chair of the International Data Policy Committee (IDPC). Mark (ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1392-7799) is Executive Director of Research Data Canada and Co-Chair of RDA Council. He is also the Director of CANARIE’s RDM funding program, which funds the development of research infrastructure with a focus on FAIR, and national/international interoperability, and an active member within RDA.

This appointment marks a notable opportunity to enact some of the objectives and aims of the Data Together declaration and ensure a rich and increasingly coordinated cooperation between CODATA, GO FAIR, RDA and WDS.

As an RDA Co-Chair and active member of various RDA WGs and IGs, Mark is looking forward to facilitating not just a greater collaboration between the various international data management organizations, but also a stronger alignment of activities and outputs.

“I am very interested in the opportunity to focus on the Open Science agenda from a range of vantage points. The Canadian community is undergoing a substantial transformation of the way national data management/open science services are funded and sustained: intersecting these efforts with those of the Global Open Science Commons efforts in RDA, Open Science policy efforts with RDA and the CODATA IDPC, and a range of activities with WDS, will provide some exciting opportunities to work with colleagues across the globe, ” stated Mark Leggott.

Learn more about the CODATA IDPC.


Updates From: 

New Endorsers of The TRUST Principles

In May, an RDA community effort led to the development and publication, in Nature Research’s Scientific Data, of the article, “The TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories”, offering guidance for maintaining the trustworthiness of digital repositories, especially those responsible for the stewardship of research data. Overwhelming feedback has been received up to this point, resulting in 27 organizations who have endorsed them, committing to to the stewardship of digital resources and, in particular, digital research data.

View the list of endorsers here.

Other organizations are invited to endorse the TRUST Principles and may endorse them by contacting enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org.



The RDA Community Called to Contribute to the Open Consultation on the Future of EOSC

On 20th July, the EOSC Executive Board published an open consultation on the EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). The consultation, which closes on 31st of August 2020, asks for the input of EOSC communities and beyond in setting out the future vision of the European Open Science Cloud. The Research Data Alliance provides a unique international forum for the EOSC, therefore the RDA community is invited to contribute to this Open Consultation.

Learn more.

Recommendations for Services in a FAIR Data Ecosystem

Results from a collaboration between RDA Europe, FAIRsFAIR, OpenAIRE, FREYA and EOSC-hub have just been published in Patterns in an article entitled "Recommendations for Services in a FAIR Data Ecosystem". The publication is an outcome of three workshops held in 2019 that gathered and prioritised community feedback on the current challenges and priorities for services to support FAIR data. The recommendations propose how data infrastructures and related stakeholders can align and collaborate to provide services that support the implementation of the FAIR data principles, in particular in the context of building the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Learn more.

OECD Publishes ‘Building Digital Workforce Capacity and Skills for Data-intensive Science’

OECD has published ‘Building Digital Workforce Capacity and Skills for Data-intensive Science’, a report examining the skills requirements for data-intensive science, focusing primarily on research conducted in the public sector and its related training needs. The report notes the value of international cooperation in skills capacity efforts such as the partnership between CODATA and the Research Data Alliance on the School of Research Data Science, as well as how the School helps to define digital skills needs, and how the School meets skills needs that are not being addressed elsewhere.


Plenary Updates: 


RDA 17th Plenary Meeting

The Digital Curation CentreSTFC-UKRI and Jisc will be hosting RDA's 17th Plenary meeting on 20-22 April 2021 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The theme of the meeting is Opening Data for Global Challenges.


One of the major strengths of RDA is the global reach of the network. This diversity of collaboration is required to address global challenges and broker solutions that work for a manifold of different contexts. Richer outputs and standards occur as a result.

RDA’s plenary meetings provide an opportunity for this diverse collaboration to make rapid progress in all areas of its work. The outputs developed by RDA groups all aim to ensure that data can be shared and reused, and made more open in global and cross-domain environments. This supports RDA’s vision and mission. 


Plenary 17 in Edinburgh will focus on the themes of global challenges, global mechanisms for data reuse, sustainable solutions with benefits for all, and global cooperation to realise these ends.

  • How do you ensure global participation in the creation, relevance and use of mechanisms (technical and social) for data interchange?

  • How can technology lower barriers to uptake - and when might it create barriers? 

  • What means can we create to overcome non-technical barriers to uptake, be they formal (such as legislation and workflows) or informal, behavioural ones?

  • How do RDA values encourage diversity and safeguard the interests of all, rather than favouring privileged groups?

  • How can global fora speed up research into crises such as COVID-19, climate change and bio-diversity?


The plenary, which is planned to be a hybrid event,  will highlight several research use cases around global collaboration to address grand challenges and ensure societal impact of data reuse. Read more. 


RDA 18th Plenary Meeting, part of International Data Week 2021

The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) are delighted to announce that the 2021 edition of International Data Week (IDW 2021) will be held on 8–11 November 2021 in Seoul, South Korea.

IDW 2021 will be hosted by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), committed by the Ministry of Science and ICTSeoul Metropolitan GovernmentNational Library of Korea, and National Assembly Library, with the support of the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) and Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU).

This landmark event will bring together 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. The theme chosen for IDW2021 is "Data to improve our world". IDW 2021 combines the 18th RDA Plenary Meeting - the biannual meeting of this international member organization working to develop and support global infrastructure facilitating data sharing and reuse, and SciDataCon 2021 - the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research organized by CODATA and WDS. Find out more 



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 the Research Data Alliance (RDA) are delighted to announce International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, taking place on 23–26 October 2023, in Salzburg, Austria.







Recommendations & Outputs: 

Newly Published Outputs:

The RDA Community is Invited to Comment on the following Documents Open for Community Review:

RDA Adoption Story: Improving the Copernicus Climate Data Store Metadata Scheme with the RDA Metadata Standards Repository

This story details the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC)’s experience in adopting and presenting the RDA metadata repository as a trustful reference, and using the various standards gathered there, to improve recommendations on what should be presented in the Climate Data Store, a repository that contains various types of data for which summaries are presented at the level of variable and dataset.

RDA Global Adoption Week 2020 Insights

The RDA Global Adoption Week 2020 provided a virtual stage, presenting 10 webinars for 33 speakers from all regions, 19 outputs highlighted and 13 adoption stories told. The adoption session, originally planned for Plenary 15, turned into a global adoption week scheduled from 15 to 19 June 2020. Daily webinars provided an opportunity to learn about RDA Outputs and engage with speakers from around the world who created and implemented them in their organisations. All slides and recordings are now available.  The RDA Secretariat is working on extracting each adoption presented during the RDA Global Adoption Week 2020 and adding them to the growing list of inspiring adoption stories.  Learn more.