Month in Review: 10 Years of RDA Anniversary Events, RDA-US Announces New Leadership, Council Elections, Plenary Updates and more

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28 Apr 2023

Month in Review: 10 Years of RDA Anniversary Events, RDA-US Announces New Leadership, Council Elections, Plenary Updates and more

A Decade of DataCelebrating 10 Years of the Research Data Alliance

As part of this celebration, RDA has dedicated each month to a specific theme related to research data management. For the month of May, the theme is Metadata and Technical Infrastructure. Many relevant events are listed below. We highly recommend you learn more by visiting their respective event pages and register to attend those that most interest you.

View full calendar.  

RDA-US Announces New Leadership

At Plenary 20 in March, it was announced that Rebecca Koskela, RDA-US Executive Director, will be stepping down from her post and onto her next adventure in retirement. Dr. Beth Plale has agreed to assume the leadership role of RDA-US. An early founder of RDA and the Executive Director of the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University, Dr. Plale’s numerous contributions to RDA include guidance on PIDs, data fabric infrastructure, a US early-career program, and inaugural co-chair of RDA’s Technical Advisory Board. Read full announcement and register to attend the RDA-US 10th Anniversary Celebration on 23 May 23 in Washington DC.

Group updates: 


Request for Comments Opportunity

The RDA Working Group titled “RDA-OfR Mapping the digital research data infrastructure landscape” is a new group supported by Oracle for Research (OfR), that aims to define, map and enable stakeholders to navigate the complex digital research data infrastructure landscape. The group’s Case Statement is now under Community Review and RDA members are encouraged to review and provide feedback by 20 May regarding the group’s goals and planned activities. Learn more.


Our Members: 

Cast your Vote for RDA Council Candidates by 12 May

Voting is now open for the four open positions on the RDA Council. Five nominees are available, and members are encouraged to cast four preferences, one for each of open positions. These nominees are:

  • Sayeed Choudhury - Director of Open Source Programs Office, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Wolfram Horstmann - Director, State and University Library Goettingen
  • Sarah Jones - EOSC Management Manager, GÉANT
  • Joyce Gosata Maphanyane - Researcher, University of Botswana (standing for 2nd term)
  • Amy Nurnberger - Program Head, Data Management Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

By 12 May, cast your votes.  

Updates From: 

Remote Research Grants for Ukrainian Researchers

Recently announced, the new EURIZON Fellowship Program, “Remote Research Grants for Ukrainian Researchers” will provide grants to Ukrainian research teams to continue their scientific work remotely, by carrying on research projects in collaboration with partners from European research institutes. Learn more.

Note: f you are a Ukrainian team looking for European partners, or if you are from Europe and have a project idea to be implemented in collaboration with a research team from Ukraine, consider submitting a Notice Board Announcement

Position Available - Director, 4TU.ResearchData, TU Delft University

4TU.ResearchData - TU Delft University of Technology - is seeking a new Director to manage and inspire a team of more than 10 staff and act as line manager for staff appointed for the TDCC NES. View more details.

Plenary Updates: 

Be Part of International Data Week and RDA in Salzburg, Austria - Call for Sessions is Open!

Now is the time to plan for your involvement at RDA’s 21st Plenary in Salzburg, Austria, taking place as part of International Data Week during 23-26 October 2023.  By 9 June, submit your session applications for individual working//interest group meetings, joint meetings, or Birds of a Feather sessions. Learn more.






RDA's Post-P20 Webinar

From 21-23 March 2023, RDA celebrated its 10th anniversary and Plenary 20 in Sweden.  A post-plenary weinbar was held on 20 April, which shared the takeaways of the event and discussed next steps.  Listen to recording.