The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is recruiting a Secretary General. The RDA is looking for a suitably experienced leader with a demonstrated ability to engage with the members, board and senior stakeholders of the RDA, and most importantly be a key driver of the RDA mission of rapidly building the social and technical bridges that enable sharing of data.
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This paper identifies the main challenges faced by the future GRDIs, defines a conceptual framework for GRDIs based on the ecosystem metaphor, describes a core set of functionality that these GRDIs must provide, and gives a set of recommendations for building the future GRDIs.
As some of you know, the Research Data Alliance's Metadata Standards Directory Working Group is working on developing a robust and usable directory of metadata standards used in the scientific data contexts.
We are beginning our work by asking for contributions from the community.
Contributions are simply submitted through a web form and will be incorporated into the information that the Digital Curation Centre has complied in an effort to document metadata standards.
Research Data Management: Finding our Role
Six months into the Research Data Alliance, 1285 people from 52 countries have expressed interest in RDA. Six WGs have been formally recognized by Council and the community and are hard at work and will be reporting at Plenary 2. Thirteen Interest Groups (IGs) are formally recognized and active.
The New York Times discusses the "deluge of digital data from scientific research" shining the spotlight on the paper published by Francine Berman of the Research Data Alliance and Vinton Cerf of Google. It also mentions RDA work being done at global scale to support the scientific data sharing and the scientific communites building up around this goal.
The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. "The Academic Council's adoption of this policy on July 24, 2013, came after a six-year process culminating in two years of formal review and revision," said Robert Powell, chair of the Academic Council.
Simon Hodson, fomally RDM programme manager at JISC (UK), CODATA Executive Director and Sarah Jones, senior institutional support officer at the Digital Curation Centre (UK), provide insight on how to sucessfully manage research data in universities.