This week sees a big milestone in the EOSC Association journey, with the first General Assembly (GA) taking place on Thursday 17 December. The GA will be electing the President and eight Directors of the EOSC Association Board. Of the fourteen candidates standing for election, RDA is pleased to note that exactly eight of them are RDA members.
In an effort to build discipline or domain specific communities, the RDA is pleased to announce a new category of groups within its organisation, Communities of Practice (CoP). Complementing the already existing RDA Working and Interest group categories, comprising members who are often representative of various areas, CoPs will provide the opportunity to investigate, discuss, coordinate and provide knowledge and skills within a specific discipline and/or research domain.
The planning for RDA's 17th plenary is well underway, and we would like to bring a few exciting news and key deadlines to your attention:
Plenary 17 will include all of the main elements of our typical in-person plenary event (breakout sessions, plenary sessions, poster event, networking events, etc.). For those new to RDA, breakout sessions are a large part of the event programme and include the following:
In November 2020, the Research Data Alliance, the Digital Repository of Ireland and the Digital Curation Centre joined forces on a new project aiming to support the internationalisation and implementation of EOSC. This project is being funded through an open call by the EOSC Secretariat (https://www.eoscsecretariat.eu/funding-opportunities).
In October, the RDA Community was first asked if any members wished to nominate a member and/or candidate themselves to serve on the Technical Advisory Board (https://rd-alliance.org/about-rda/our-leadership/rda-technical-advisory-board.html) (TAB) from 2020 to 2023. This is an annual process within RDA, with the goal of electing new members to replace existing ones whose terms have expired. The RDA Secretariat received eight nominations, seconded by RDA community members.
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is currently finalising its fourth strategic plan, providing direction and vision for the organisation, its stakeholders and community until 2023. We invite all to provide feedback suggestions and comments on the Strategic Plan by Sunday December 6, 2020 at 23:59 UTC.
Next week, a series of virtual sessions will be hosted by our Australian colleagues each day to build on the discussions and outcomes of last week's RDA's Virtual Plenary 16. Sessions are scheduled to accommodate time zones in Oceania and large parts of Asia, and will focus on the following topics:
This November 2020, RDA holds its annual TAB elections. After RDA’s 16th Virtual Plenary hosted by Costa Rica, 5 seats will be vacant on RDA’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB). There are 15 TAB members, and the following 5 are rotating off in November 2020 as their terms expire:
- Francoise Genova
- Sarah Ramdeen
- Rainer Stotzka
- Andrew Treloar
- Jane Wyngaard
RDA is pleased to announce the candidates nominated for the 2020 Technical Advisory Board (TAB) election. For members not familiar with TAB, this RDA governance group provides technical expertise and advice to RDA Council, and assists in the development, review and promotion of RDA Working & Interest Groups.
The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) is an essential and crucial governance board within the Research Data Alliance (RDA), providing the organization with invaluable technical oversight, vision, guidance and advice. A volunteer position, TAB membership is a rewarding experience, offering an opportunity to engage with colleagues worldwide and understand the activities and visions in the field of FAIR data, open research and open science.