My RDA Journey, Meet RDA Ambassadors, Member Spotlight and P14 updates: RDA August Newsletter

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29 Aug 2019

My RDA Journey, Meet RDA Ambassadors, Member Spotlight and P14 updates: RDA August Newsletter

My RDA Journey




Every member of the RDA community is unique and has a different reason for being involved. Sharing your RDA Journey helps others understand the value of the community. Please visit this page, include a few sentences on your RDA experience and don’t forget to write your name, role, affiliation and country there too. Photos and Twitter handles are also welcome.

We will be using the content to promote RDA, encourage other experts to join, highlight the value of the organisation, etc.

Many thanks for your support for RDA.

Hilary Hanahoe - Secretary General, RDA


RDA's 14th Plenary - 23-25 October 2019 | Helsinki, Finland

  • Full Programme with Co-Located Event Schedule Now Available Online!
  • Call for Volunteers for Unconference
    Planning is underway for the next RDA Unconference, scheduled to take place the afternoon of 24 October 2019, at Aalto University during P14. This will be RDA’s second meeting of this type, with its first taking place last April during Plenary 13 in Philadelphia. Due to the extremely positive feedback received then and the perspective that an Unconference meeting has a significant role in shaping the direction of RDA, we have decided to include it again in the P14 programme. For this time, however, we want to give you, our members, the opportunity to have a hands-on role in leading the event itself. If you are interested or have experience in conducting an Unconference, we want to hear from you. We are in need of facilitators, session leads, notetakers, content editors, etc. who can assist us in making this event an even bigger success than the P13 Unconference. If you will be attending P14 and available to assist us during the Unconference, please complete this form by 13 September 2019 and indicate the type of assistance you can provide to us. The RDA Programme Committee will then reach out to you to further discuss your role and plan for the event. 
  • Important Deadlines
    • Blocks of hotel rooms at discounted rates are available until 6 September 2019. Don't miss out! Read more
    • Early bird registration rates are available until 24 September 2019. 

RDA Website Down for Maintenance on 4 September 2019

The RDA website is scheduled for a technical maintenance from Wednesday 4 September at 12:00 CEST until Thursday 5 September at 12:00 CEST. The website will be unavailable for 24 hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 


Welcoming New Cohort of RDA Europe Ambassadors


RDA Europe welcomes six new Ambassadors to its programme, further widening its engagement efforts and coverage with disciplines and focus topics like Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Research Ethics and Interdisciplinarity,  Bioinformatics, Media and Communication or Sustainable Development Goals. 

Supporting an open dialogue and awareness raising about data challenges across disciplines and research topics, the RDA Europe Ambassador programme brings together domain experts that ensure a two-way communication and engagement channel between discipline specific communities and the Research Data Alliance. We encourage you to contact our Ambassadors to learn about the work that they are doing and how you can leverage their work for your own communitiy. 

Meet the new cohort and learn more about the programme and how to contact your discipline Ambassador


Call for Nominations for the 2019 RDA Technical Advisory Board

RDA is seeking candidates for the annual Technical Advisory Board (TAB) election, to be held in October and November 2019. 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 15 September 2019.  Read the full announcement. 


Implementing FAIR Data For People And Machines: Impact And Implications. 11 September 2019, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS), NW, Washington DC, US

Co-Sponsored by RDA/U.S., U.S. cross-agency CENDI, the National Academies, and National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)/National Information Standards Organization (NISO), this special one-day workshop for data and information professionals, information technologists, and for disciplinary scientists interested in effective data sharing is focused on the wave of activities related to making data “FAIR” (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Read more

RDMF19 - Costing Data Management. 16 September 2019, London, UK 

Managing and sharing data effectively requires a significant investment from research communities and data service providers. Effort needs to be allocated to plan and execute data management activities such as creating data documentation and preparing data for deposit. Resources also need to be committed to ensure appropriate services are in place and required allocations are made. Read more.

RDA Pathway To Open Science In Europe: The Impact Of RDA Solutions And National Nodes At The OS Fair Workshop. 6-18 September 2019, Porto, Portugal 

From 16 to 18 September 2019 the Open Science Fair in Porto will critically showcase the elements required for the transition to Open Science. The RDA will actively contribute to the workshop’s agenda with four sessions facilitated by RDA Working Groups and RDA Europe partners focusing on FAIR Data management, national plans for implementing the EOSC and services supporting research data. Read more.

Responsible Conduct Of Research For HUM, PhD Programme at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Southern Denmark

Module 3: Research data management: Research data in the context of the humanities could be derived or compiled resulting from processing or combining 'raw' data (e.g., text and data mining, compiled databases), and/or they could also be reference or canonical meaning a static or organic conglomeration or collection of datasets, probably published and curated (e.g., collection of letters, archive of historical images). Read more

► Visit our Events page for a full list of upcoming events!

Group updates: 

Social Sciences Research Data Interest Group Endorsed by Council 

This new interest group will foster diverse professional exchange on issues particular to data originating from the social sciences and humanities. Its goal is to coordinate communications across the various current RDA groups of interest and provide a place for members to share solutions and concerns with others in these fields.  Read more.



FAIRsFAIR Open Consultation on FAIR Data Policies and Practices in Europe - Please Share your Views!

The H2020 funded FAIRsFAIR project "Fostering FAIR Data Practices In Europe” runs from March 2019 to February 2022. It will offer practical solutions for implementing FAIR data principles, with a focus on fostering a FAIR data culture and promoting good practices. These surveys are part of the FAIRsFAIR project to assess the current landscape and to develop recommendations to enable and promote FAIR policies and practices. The consultation period runs until September 20, 2019. To take part, please visit the dedicated page and select the survey you are best able to contribute to. Read more


Our Members: 


Organisational Member Spotlight - Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD) 

NSD is a national research infrastructure. Although NSD’s academic center of gravity lies in Norwegian Social Science Research, NSD operates in accordance with its multi- and interdisciplinary mandate. Its principal objectives are to ensure free and open access to research data and improve conditions for performing empirical research by providing an extensive range of data and support services. As a key player in the development of Nordic, European and international research infrastructure NSD will both contribute to and benefit from the work of RDA through our involvement as an organizational member. Read more.


Member Spotlight - Dr. Andrew Janke, Associate Director, Research Technology, University of Sydney

This month we spoke with Dr. Andrew Janke, the Associate Director of Research Technology at the University of Sydney. 

We asked Andrew to describe the value of RDA for him: 'What's valuable about RDA is that it's a good place to broaden your horizons. [..] RDA allowed me to be in a room with other people, even virtually, who have the same problem in very different fields; very quickly you learn that you are all wasting time to solve the same problem individually. [...] RDA makes virtual attendance very easy and I continue to attend remotely because it allows for a broad and very quick overview of all the experts across fields. This is great for someone in Australia, who doesn't get to go to many conferences, with most distances being a 24-hour flight.'  Read the full interview.



Discipline Focus: 

RDA and the Humanities - A Report from the RDA Europe Ambassador for the Humanities

The goal of this report is to provide a broad overview of the way RDA and the humanities as an academic discipline can be of value to each other. The intended audience for this report in the first instance are digital humanities researchers and service providers in the humanities domain. This analysis was done by René van Horik from the Data Archiving and Networked Services, in the Netherlands, the RDA Europe Ambassador for the Humanities, supported by the RDA Europe 4.0 project. The report is available here.


Adoption Grant Introductions - Template For Reproducible, Shareable And Archivable Data Analysis - by Ryan O'Connor
In December 2018, RDA Europe issued an open call for projects adopting outputs from the RDA’s various Working and Interest Groups. Following recommendations from external evaluators, eight funding grants were awarded in April 2019. This blog series will introduce the eight Adoption Grant cases, giving an overview of their project remits and demonstrating the practical approaches organisations can take when looking to implement the RDA’s Recommendations & Outputs.  

Joint RDA UK Node And FREYA Project Workshop Highlights The Importance Of Persistent Identifiers - by Christopher Brown

The RDA UK node held its second workshop on 16 July 2019 in London, which was kindly hosted by the Wellcome Trust. After running a launch webinar and a half-day workshop to introduce the node, we decided to focus on a specific theme for our second workshop.

RDA Secretary-General Tour In Australia 2019 - by Hilary Hanahoe 

11 Research Data Alliance in Australia thing. As I return home after my 3-week Australian tour across 6 cities, I reflect on this highly rewarding experience.

The Greek Effect In Enhancing RDA Outputs Adoption - by Elli Papadopoulou 

On July 3, the Greek RDA Node, Athena Research Centre (ARC), organised a Workshop on RDA Outputs and Adoption to inform the Greek scientific community about the outcomes of RDA group activities and to provide useful instructions on how these outcomes could be applied by them to improve existing services, tools and workflows.  The workshop was held at ARC premises in Athens and was remotely available for everyone willing to participate. 


Updates From: 

RDA in a Nutshell – August Statistics

Did you know RDA publishes a summary of community statistics each month? This summary provides a small glimpse into the growth of RDA. Highlights as of August 2019 are as follows:

  • 8,810 individual members from 137 countries
  • 87 groups working on global data interoperability challenges
  • 50 organisational members and 9 affiliate members
  • 32 flagship outputs and 75 adoption cases

Read more.


Plenary Updates: 



RDA is delighted to announce its 15th Plenary Meeting will take place from 18 - 20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. The event will be hosted by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) with the support of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). The Plenary meeting will be organised in conjunction with the annual C3DIS (Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science). Mark the dates in your diary and check this page for updates.

Recommendations & Outputs: 

RDA/U.S. Adoption Program: Call for Proposals

Applications are invited for the FY20 RDA/U.S. Adoption Program. The program provides support to integrate RDA Recommendations into existing data infrastructure environments. The goal is to better connect the global scale work of RDA with local needs and infrastructures to advance data-driven research and increase impact.

Support is available for up to 3 Adoption Teams. Each team will receive up to $40,000 (depending on budget) to support the work to incorporate RDA Recommendations into their environment over the period December 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020. Applications are due on October 1, 2019 and should be addressed to Jamie Lupo-Petta at

Learn more.  

RDA Working Groups Solutions To DMP: Webinar Slides and Recording Now Available: 

The RDA Secretariat aims to promote the uptake of RDA Recommendations and Outputs across all regions. In this context, the RDA Secretariat is working on a series of webinars that aim to train stakeholders for adoption. The webinars will highlight outputs of RDA Interest and Working Groups and demonstrate the added value of RDA. The first webinar was titled Outputs to Support Reproducible Health Research.  This second webinar focused on RDA groups and outputs related to Data Management Plans. We aimed to highlight ongoing work in RDA from the perspectives of RDA Interest and Working Group chairs, facilitating discussion between the chairs and potential adopters of RDA Recommendations and Outputs. Recordings and slides of the webinar now available


RDA Recommendations and Outputs Cards, Version July 2019

Are you planning on attending or presenting at a workshop or conference in the upcoming weeks where you plan to talk about RDA?  Be sure to check out our latest version of RDA Recommendations and Outputs Cards and share them with your colleagues.  Also be sure to check out so many other great pieces of communication material available in the RDA e-Communication Package.

If you do reference RDA group activities in your presentations and/or publications, help us track these acknowledgements so we'll receive a better understanding of their impact by including the following statement:

This work was developed as part of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) ‘WG/IG’ entitled ‘long name (short name)’, and we acknowledge the support provided by the RDA community and structures".

CODATA Call for Papers: Research Data Alliance Results Special Collection

The Data Science Journal special collection is gathering and promoting research results and outcomes stemming from RDA activities, specifically those which describe the results of RDA working and interest group.  Submit your paper today.