On the 22nd of October, Leif Laaksonen (CSC), Herman Stehouwer (MPI) and Peter Wittenburg (MPI) participated in a CHAIN-REDS workshop in connection with the IEEE e-Science conference in Beijing, and on the 23rd and 24th of October, they visited a number of first rate institutes in Beijing to present the RDA (https://www.rd-alliance.org/) and RDA Europe (https://europe.rd-alliance.org/), together with EUDAT (www.eudat.eu).
The third class of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)Student Fellowship is now open. Apply by 11 November.
A once-a-year opportunity for data archivists to go behind the scenes and learn first-hand from specialists at the UK Data Archive is happening on 28 and 29 November 2013.
Over two days participants will learn about the strategies and practices used in the Archive's daily work, with a focus on storing and sharing social science data, including microdata, aggregate, qualitative and historical data.
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.
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.