June Newsletter: RDA P16 Call for Sessions, Final Publication of the RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines, TRUST Principles and more

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22 Jun 2020

June Newsletter: RDA P16 Call for Sessions, Final Publication of the RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines, TRUST Principles and more

Call for Sessions Now Open for Virtual Plenary 16

We are excited to open the Call for Sessions for Virtual Plenary 16 (VP16)! As announced in prior weeks, we are unable to confirm a face-to-face plenary will take place in Costa Rica due to COVID-19 concerns.  Instead, a virtual plenary (VP16) is scheduled to take place from 9-13 November 2020.


VP16 will include all of the main elements of our typical in-person plenary event (breakout sessions, plenary sessions, poster event, networking events, etc.), but scheduled over an entire week to accommodate multiple time zones.

The deadline for VP16’s Call for Sessions is 4 August 2020 at 23:59 UTC.  Notifications of Session Acceptance will be sent out by 26 August 2020. The schedule will then be created, and the final programme will be available by the middle of October. 


You can find out how to submit your request for a breakout session and read more about the call for sessions here.  If you have any questions or concerns related to the Call for Sessions please get in touch with enquiries{at}rd-alliance.org.


Final publication of the RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines for Data Sharing 

On 28 May 2020, the Research Data Alliance published the 5th and Final Draft of the RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines covering four research areas – clinical data, omics practices, epidemiology and social sciences. The final publication of the Recommendations and Guidelines is planned for the 30th of June 2020. More information and the five iterations of the document can be found here


RDA's Global Adoption Week: Presentation slides and session recordings now available 

The adoption session, originally planned for Plenary 15, ran as a Global Adoption Week with a series of webinars scheduled from 15 to 19 June 2020. The aim was to demonstrate the wide variety of adoptable and adopted solutions to data sharing challenges that people in the field encounter in their daily jobs.


The Global Adoption Week was an opportunity to learn about RDA Outputs, converse with speakers from all around the world who have created and implemented them, and determine how best to integrate those data sharing solutions into your own projects. The Global Adoption Week was organised around five areas of the Research Data Lifecycle as used in the RDA Recommendations and Outputs catalogue


The presentation slides and session recordings are now available on the Global Adoption Week web page


We’d like your feedback on RDA Global Adoption Week 2020 to improve our future activities. Please spend five minutes and complete a short satisfaction survey.


RDA Videos  

RDA is about people: watch our videos to get a feel for the RDA experience! There are a number of videos available from the recent RDA Global Adoption Week, P15 and previous plenaries, RDA adoption interviews and more! 


The TRUST Principles: An RDA Community Effort

An RDA community effort has led to the development and publication of the article, “The TRUST Principles for digital repositories” in Nature Research’s Scientific Data. These principles offer guidance for maintaining the trustworthiness of digital repositories, especially those responsible for the stewardship of research data. 


The TRUST Principles have already been endorsed by a variety of organizations that are committed to the stewardship of digital resources and, in particular, digital research data. Some of the organizations that already have endorsed the TRUST Principles have offered statements to support their endorsements. Dr. Robert S. Chen, a RDA member and Director of the Center for Internatinal Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at The Earth Institute of Columbia University, notes, "The TRUST Principles will help us ensure that detailed data about the past and present are preserved and accessible to both science and society in the long run--data that are vital to understanding, predicting, and adapting to a rapidly changing future." To find out more visit The TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories.


Since the launch of the statement we are delighted more than 10 additional organisations have endorsed the principles. To endorse the TRUST Principles please contact enquiries{at}rd-alliance.org


RDA Europe 4.0-funded CODATA Data Science Journal Publication in the RDA Special Collection

This special collection aims to give visibility to research results and outcomes stemming from RDA activities. It includes papers describing the latest results of RDA working and interest groups and associated use cases that could highlight the added value of RDA work in the data related fields. The RDA Europe 4.0 project supports the publication of 30 articles in the CODATA Data Science Journal Special collection on RDA. We still have funds to pay your Article Processing Charges (APC) and therefore extend the call for papers till 17 July. This Call for Papers is open to all interested applicants regardless of geographical provenance.


There are eight papers currently published, the latest of which is the research paper Persistent Identification of Instruments” by RDA community members Markus Stocker, Louise Darroch,  Rolf Krahl,  Ted Habermann, Anusuriya Devaraju,  Ulrich Schwardmann,  Claudio D'Onofrio, and Ingemar Häggström. Read more.


Call for Nominations for the RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB) 2020

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 Organisational Advisory Board are not eligible for TAB membership. 


Nominations need to be supported by statements from three RDA members, and will be accepted until 23:59 UTC on 1 October 2020. Elections will open on 9 November 2020, and close on 23 November 2020 (two weeks later). All RDA members will be asked to vote. Read more




Webinar: Data Maturity Indicator, 1 July 2020

AtMoDat project team would like to present the Data Maturity Indicator and discuss it before we submit it to the DataCite Metadata Working Group. For this purpose they offer a webinar on the Data Maturity Indicator. Details on the webinar are provided at www.atmodat.de/p/dmi_webinar/. The webinar will be held in English and no registration is required.


CfP EASA 2020: Digital Research Infrastructures in Social and Cultural Anthropology, 21-24 July 2020

The history of EASA conferences started 30 years ago in Portugal, in Coimbra, with the conference 'Anthropology and Europe'. Now EASA2020 is inviting you all to join in celebrating the anniversary and deliberating the present in Lisbon, at the conference New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe, taking place from 21 to 24 July 2020.


Our Members: 


Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio)

Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) is the United States’ national coordinating center for enabling and facilitating natural history collections digitization, including specimen imaging and other media representations, as well as transcription of specimen-related textual data, georeferencing and more. 


A primary goal of iDigBio is to generate, mobilize, and serve digital biodiversity data for use in research. It is the major aggregator of such data in the U.S. Over the past few years, it has developed strong international and global relationships with other leading national, continental, and global aggregators in the interest of data and technology transfer. It has fostered data use globally through conferences and workshops and is dedicated to open data and biodiversity research. iDigBio envisions a strong collaborative relationship between it and RDA to be critical to its mission. Read more.




RDA Hackathon on MaDMPs – The Beginning of a New Series?

"RDA Hackathon on machine-actionable Data Management Plans (maDMPs) took place between 27th and 29th May 2020, and gathered 71 participants from 21 countries from all around the world. With this blog post, we would like to summarize the event and share some insights on the feedback we received as organizers (RDA Austria)..." by Tomasz Miksa

RDA Node Slovenia's Research Data Management Workshop

"Almost three months since online meetings and events have evolved from an emergency mode of communication to the accepted standard, RDA Node Slovenia is about to launch its second online event, the final conference of the Node titled Research Data and European Open Science Cloud. Node’s first online event, however..." by Ana Inkret

Croatian RDA Webinars “Research Data – What About Them?” Gone Virtually

"In May and June 2020 Croatian national node organized two webinars entitled "Research Data - What About Them?". The webinars were developed by SRCE – University of Zagreb University Computing Center in collaboration with the University Library Rijeka, the University of Split Library, the City and University Library in Osijek ..." by Kristina Posavec

Supporting TRUSTworthy Global Impact Through Regional Adoption Strategies

"The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a global community-driven organization striving to openly share data across technologies, disciplines and countries to address the grand challenges of society. The RDA regional efforts support and align with RDA global activities; simultaneously, the RDA global activities enhance regional efforts ..." by Anthony Juehne


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 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. 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. Read more 



► Watch out for an upcoming IDW2023 announcement! 


Recommendations & Outputs: 


Request for Comments

The RDA community is invited to comment on a variety of documents while they undergo a community review phase as part of their endorsement or recognition by RDA: 


RDA Adoption Story: Haplo Adopted the RDA Common Standard for Machine-Actionable Data Management Plans 

During the IDCC 2020 meeting in Dublin in February 2020, the RDA interviewed Tom Renner – Lead developer repository offering at Haplo.  In the interview, Tom told the Haplo Adoption Story of the RDA DMP Common Standard for Machine-actionable Data Management Plans, explaining the adoption process, the benefits, and the lessons learned.  


Our clients view Haplo as the home of research for their institution, it's where their researchers and research community are used to log in to manage their research. As such the Research Data Management Plans fits naturally in the Haplo ecosystem, and could be the linchpin between the different parts of the Haplo modules and different parts of the organisation. Our institution is interested in embedding RDM plans within existing ethics approval or funding application processes, then being able to retrieve that information within Haplo and have the system automatically notify them, when datasets start being produced from their research.

Tom Renner, Haplo