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16 Sep 2020

Natalie Harrower, Director of DRI, about her experience as co-chair of the RDA COVID19 WG

Role: 
Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland

"I had a strong desire to contribute in some way to the global response. The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), where I am Director, had released a statement about how, as a digital archive for HSS data, we intended to support preservation and access to COVID-19 related data, to fast track data deposit, and support to members in our areas of expertise. As a team we also started pursuing a number of small projects to contribute our resources and skills in ways we could identify. The staff at DRI were similarly charged - everyone wanted to contribute in whatever way their skills allowed - so we fed off one another. I am very lucky to work with such an engaged team!"

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14 Sep 2020

Michelle Barker: My experience as a participant in the RDA COVID-19 Working Group

"I am the director of the Research Software Alliance (ReSA), which facilitated the group. It was important to put forward some key practices for the development and reuse of research software to facilitate sharing and accelerate the production of results in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ReSA coordinated the participation of 45 community members, who were involved in writing the software chapter in very tight timelines."

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27 Jul 2020

Claire Austin: My experience as a participant in the RDA-COVID19-WG

"I led the RDA-COVID19 Data sharing in epidemiology WG, and the RDA-COVID19 Zotero Library WG. This rapidly turned into a full-time plus endeavour. I would like to express my profound gratitude to the Government of Canada, the Department of the Environment, and especially to my manager, Lindsay Copland for granting me the opportunity to devote my time to this undertaking by limiting my work in the Department to only the most essential activities. I am deeply indebted to my colleagues on the WG, and to the leadership of RDA’s Secretary General Hilary Hanahoe, without whom none of this would have happened."

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13 Jul 2020

Kheeran Dharmawardena: My experience as a participant in the RDA COVID-19 Working Group

Role: 
Principal Consultant at Cytrax Consulting, Australia

"I was one of the moderators for the Community Participation theme. The Community Participation theme guidelines and recommendations were written to support the work by the communities who are collecting, curating and sharing data with the goal of improving research outputs and public knowledge. I'm also part of the working group looking at developing a navigation and visualisation tool to make it easier to find relevant information and recommendations quickly, without needing to read through the entire 124-page document."

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13 Jul 2020

Priyanka Pillai: My experience as a participant in the RDA-COVID19 Working Group

Role: 
Researcher at the University of Melbourne, Australia

"I submitted an abstract titled “Value of making data F.A.I.R. to respond to infectious disease emergencies,” hoping that, if accepted, the session would lead to setting up a special interest group or a working group. My abstract was accepted for a session at the March RDA 15th Plenary Meeting in Melbourne. I had no idea how topical my abstract would become when I submitted it"

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20 May 2020

Marcela Alfaro Córdoba, School of Statistics, University of Costa Rica (UCR)

Role: 
Assistant Professor of Statistics at the School of Statistics at the University of Costa Rica

Marcela Alfaro Córdoba is the Assistant Professor of Statistics at the School of Statistics at the University of Costa Rica (UCR).  She earned her PhD in Statistics from the North Carolina State University in 2017. UCR is the oldest and largest institution of higher learning in Costa Rica, and considered the most important research university in the country and Central America.

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23 Sep 2019

Jens Klump

Jens is the Geoscience Analytics Team Leader in the Mineral Resources unit of CSIRO. His research revolves around the application of machine learning and digital tools, such as mobile apps and cloud computing, for use in mineral exploration and other geology-related research domains. Jens studied geology and oceanography, before combining the two into paleo-oceanography in his PhD.

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