International research data networks are critical for progress in many scientific domains and underpin efforts to promote Open Science. At the same time, many of these networks are fragile and the responsibilities for their support and performance are frequently distributed across a variety of different actors. This report explores the challenges and enablers for the effective functioning of international research data networks. It analyses the diversity and complexity of these networks, and issues such as governance and funding, in a selection of 32 cases.
International Data Week 2018, coming for the first time to Africa, will take place on 5-8 November, in Gaborone, Botswana. This decision has been taken in order to avoid clashes with the UN World Data Forum (22-24 October https://undataforum.org/WorldDataForum/) and the Plenary Meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (31 Oct-1 Nov http://www.earthobservations.org/meetings.php).
Knowledge Exchange has published its new report called "'The Evolving Landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures”: this report is an overview and synthesis of the evolving landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures (FRDIs) in the six KE partner countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Work was designed to find answers to questions such as ‘Which are the main drivers for federating RD infrastructures and services ? What are the expected benefits? What are the consequences for research and researchers? What challenges and issues arise when making a federated research data infrastructure function well?'
This report explores the income streams, costs, value propositions, and business models for 48 research data repositories. It includes a set of recommendations designed to provide a framework for developing sustainable business models and to assist policy makers and funders in supporting repositories with a balance of policy regulation and incentives.
The 2018 Council Nominations Committee solicits nominations for 3 open Council positions. Elected Council members will serve for 3 years starting April, 2018 after elections have closed and the slate has been approved by the RDA membership.
For all those who could not attend the Health Data IG session in Montreal, we had two sessions: Health Data Mapping and Diverging Trends In Health Data Protection, and a BoF session, titled Making Use of Blockchain in Dealing with Health Data; we have some news to share with all the RDA community!
Help CODATA deliver on its strategy to mobilise the data revolution for research!
CODATA Members (National, Union, Co-Opted and Affiliate Members) as well as Task Groups are invited to nominate candidates for the following positions:
The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub (NEBDIH) has recently announced the CRUX program: a Collaborative Resource and Understanding Exchange. Starting in spring of 2018, CRUX will launch the development of NEBDIH’s forthcoming Big Data Map and Assets Platform, with an ultimate aim of connecting the dots to create data-driven solutions to real-world problems.
Dr. Francine Berman, Chair of the United States (U.S.) region of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) – RDA-US – is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie McIntosh Borrelli, PhD, MPH, as the Executive Director of RDA-US. Dr. McIntosh will be responsible for launching RDA-US as a non-profit and leading the organization through its next stage of growth.
This special one-day workshop for scientists and data and information professionals is focused on characterizing and managing digital representations of research objects (DRO) including publications, data sets, software, audio, video, and specimens in a dynamic digital science ecosystem.