News from RDA Europe National Nodes

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07 Aug 2018

News from RDA Europe National Nodes

Welcome to the first newsletter highlighting news from the recently established RDA Europe National Nodes. RDA Nodes are an initiative of the RDA Europe 4.0 project and aim to foster the uptake and adoption of RDA outputs at the national and regional level. RDA Nodes engage with data practitioners across a range of communities (research, industry, etc.), support and contribute to national agendas by aligning their priorities to RDA developments, and increase national participation in RDA activities and Working and Interest Groups.


Nodes have been established in Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. RDA Europe 4.0 will expand the network to cover additional countries through three open calls, the first of which closes on 16 August 2018.

In this newsletter, you will find some highlights from each of the nodes and information to join the national groups to stay up to date with the exciting developments in...

Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Ireland | Italy | Netherlands | Spain | UK

RDA in Finland

The Finnish node organized its first National Node event on 6 June 2018 in Espoo, Finland. It attracted around 50 participants to get to know what an RDA Europe National Node is. The focus of the event was on how RDA and FAIR can help researchers, and Sarah Jones (DCC) presented the recent work of EC’s FAIR Data Expert Group. “This was an excellent kick-off for Finnish National Node activities. We collected valuable feedback from participants on what are the most interesting aspects we should focus on in our future national node events, and these will all be taking into account when planning our next events.” Riina Salmivalli, Finnish node coordinator.

If you are based in Finland, join the RDA in Finland group to keep up to date with ongoing activities.


RDA in France

The French node is managed by Francoise Genova (Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg) and Francis André (CNRS-DIST). The annual meeting will be organised at the MESRI on 5 December 2018. The node has begun and will continue to  discuss RDA activities with MESRI, research organisations and universities, research infrastructures, in particular those of the National Roadmap, and research communities. It can organise specific meetings or participate in meetings organised by others to present RDA activities. Use the contact email if you want to propose an activity.

If you are interested to get information about its activities and exchange and share with colleagues, please join the mailing list Have a look at  RDA in France web page to keep up to date with ongoing activities and contact the node coordinators at if you have questions or comments, or to propose an activity.


RDA in Germany

The German node, coordinated by the Max Planck Computing and Data Facility, pushed forward the establishment of the RDA Deutschland e.V. Association, which had its first general assembly on March 19 preceding the 11th RDA Plenary in Berlin, including the election of the new Assembly Board. The node also organized an industry side event to the Berlin Plenary and made the second release of the RDA Data Management vocabulary.  

If you are based in Germany, join the RDA in Germany group, subscribe to the RDA-DE mailing list and consider joining the RDA Deutschland Association to keep up to date with ongoing activities.


RDA in Greece

The Greek RDA National Node, coordinated by the ATHENA Research & Innovation Center,  has as its primary goal to foster the development of a collaborative environment so as to explore the possibility and extent of use of horizontal e-Infrastructures by domain-specific Research Infrastructures. First communication with key Research and e-infrastructures of the Greek research ecosystem as well as with the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs took place on 10 July 2018 at the 6th Hellenic Forum for Science Technology and Innovation Workshop on The role of Research and e-infrastructures in the National Research Agenda. Participation at this event proved to be very engaging and conversations that were initiated concentrated on the collaboration among all related stakeholders, e-Infrastructures and Research Infrastructures, towards the creation of a national node. Although discussions provided a better understanding for the current state-of-the-art in data sharing in Greece, common ground is still to be sought and specific actions will be defined at the first official RDA workshop which will be under the auspices of the National OpenAIRE event in October, 24-25 (TBC).

If you are based in Greece, join the RDA in Greece group to keep up to date with ongoing activities.


RDA in Ireland

The Irish node, the National Library of Ireland, reached out to the Middle East during April 2018, giving presentations at the opening of the world’s newest National Library in Qatar, and at the International conference on Research Data Management in Digital Humanities, organised by University College London, Qatar (Education City, Doha) on 17-18 April 2018. Meanwhile in Ireland, work continues to establish the programme of RDA activities for Ireland.

If you are based in Ireland, join the RDA in Ireland group to keep up to date with ongoing activities.


RDA in Italy

The Italian node is led by the Italian Research Council, Institute of Information Science and Technologies (CNR-ISTI). The node intends to create a community of Italian RDA members composed by institutions, individuals, infrastructures and other initiatives. In May 2018, the Italian Open Science Support Group (IOSSG), a volunteer working group, joined the node. The Italian node chose Research Data Management (RDM) as its main topic; the node has already started working for catalysing Italian efforts in the field of data towards common objectives by collaborating with various initiatives at the national level (OpenAIRE, EOSC HUB, etc). The node is currently working to organise a series of webinar focused on RDM for the Italian research community starting in Autumn 2018.

The Italian node is also responsible for the Special Collection in the CODATA Data Science Journal about RDA WG and IG results. Read more about the current call for papers at

If you are based in Italy, join the RDA in Italy group to keep up to date with ongoing activities.


RDA in The Netherlands

DANS, Data Archiving and Networked Services, is responsible for setting up the Dutch node. We will focus on bringing existing initiatives closer together and expanding collaboration with others by engaging with government, national funding bodies, research organisations, and other networks (RDNL, OpenAIRE NOAD, GO-FAIR-node). The Netherlands will focus on promoting the work done within RDA in general and especially certification (of trusted digital repositories) and persistent identifiers (PID). Furthermore, we are the RDA ambassadors for the social sciences and the humanities disseminating and advancing the RDA work and outputs within these international communities.

If you are based in the Netherlands, join the RDA in the Netherlands group to keep up to date with ongoing activities.


RDA in Spain

The Spanish node is defined itself as a channel between RDA, as a community-based organisation, and the people from Spain that are already involved in RDA activities or are interested in joining. Coordinated by BSC-CNS, the Spanish node’s priority topic will be industry engagement. With this purpose, dissemination activities such as public events, workshops and networking meetings will be organised within the 27 months of the RDA Europe project.

If you are based in Spain, join the RDA in Spain group to keep up to date with ongoing activities.

RDA in United Kingdom

The UK node is run by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and supported by Jisc. The UK is well represented at RDA plenaries and in the global RDA, with active engagement in many interest and working groups. However, over the period of the RDA Europe project, we aim to increase membership and highlight the outputs of RDA, encouraging their adoption and providing feedback on these outputs. We aim to reach out to existing and potential new members through webinars, workshops and promote the RDA at public events and meetings. The first workshop is scheduled for November 2018.

If you are based in the UK, join the RDA in the UK group to keep up to date with ongoing activities.

Funding opportunities

To support the European community of research data experts and practitioners, RDA Europe 4.0 will be offering grants for National Nodes, Early Career Researchers, Experts, RDA Ambassadors, and RDA Output-Adoption. Calls are currently open for:

  • First call for new RDA Europe National Nodes (closing 16 August 2018)

  • Early Career Researchers to support P12 attendance (closing 30 August 2018)

  • Experts to support P12 attendance (closing 30 August 2018)

  • External evaluators to support the review process for RDA Europe 4.0 funding calls

For details on how to apply for these opportunities, please visit

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