status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Lindsay Barbieri, Ingvill Constanze Mochmann, Anthony Juehne, Devika Madalli

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org


Interest Group Title: RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction: Fit with the overall RDA vision and mission

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 global goals, with 169 associated targets, which came into effect in January 2016 and will continue to guide UN policy and funding until 2030. Progress on the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals requires broad collaboration within the global data community, as well as nuanced understanding of the barriers for developing information infrastructures. Interoperability of data remains a barrier to collecting, storing, merging, and analyzing data for monitoring SDG metrics effectively - and improving data interoperability may both enhance monitoring, as well as help to enable and support progress towards achieving the SDGs. Achieving interoperable data to advance the SDGs will require best practices, recommendations, technologies, and support of capacity building - which is in direct alignment with many of RDA’s ongoing and upcoming outputs, recommendations, interest group, and working group activities.

Objectives

Objectives and scope of the Interest group activities will fall into two categories:

a) Improved data management/sharing of SDG indicator data, based on implementation and adaptation of RDA outputs within workflows surrounding the SDGs and NGO development space more broadly. 

b) Assessing the impact of data infrastructure, and associated quality and limitations thereof, as a component of sustainable development. Defining the value and importance of data infrastructure within sustainable development overlaps directly with the infrastructure-related SDG indicators. More broadly, defining and justifying the importance of data infrastructure will clarify this need to funders supporting development initiatives, researchers and admins supporting the work of development monitoring, and future policy development.

Participation

Group participation is encouraged for any RDA members working in areas of research, policy, advocacy, data management, or infrastructural support surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals. Such roles include, though are in no way limited to, researchers focused on global sustainability and capacity enhancement, legal experts, data and repository managers, research librarians, and national statisticians.

Engagement with existing work in the area

  • Data for Development IG

  • Indigenous Data Sovereignty Group

  • Small Unmanned Aircraft

  • Health Data IG

  • Reproducible Health Data Services Working Group

  • RDA/Codata Data Science Summer Schools

User Scenarios

Achieving successful monitoring of the sustainable development goals requires international data exchange and an array of changes to the culture of science and capacity enhancement activities ongoing in nations wherein data for the SDG indicators are being collected. These capacity enhancement activities fall within four broad categories, all of which overlap with the social and technical challenges to international research data sharing:

  • Organizational collaboration

  • Data sharing and interoperability

  • Data sharing and data governance

  • Capacity building

Broadly, the value-add of this Interest Group’s activities will be:

  1. Create materials to support the implementation of RDA outputs and recommendations within the social and technical work of the UN surrounding the sustainable development goals. These materials will be aimed to support the work of data managers, statisticians, research policy advisers and advocates, and diverse project managers supporting SDG data infrastructure and data use.

  2. Facilitate organizational collaboration/support with the U.N. and its agencies partnerships in commercial, academic, and NGO space. Facilitating such partnerships will Increase the visibility of the RDA on a global scale, providing precedence for future collaboration with additional IGOs and NGOs. RDA’s OAB, TAB, Council, Secretariat, and group membership could all play a role in facilitating such partnerships.

  3. Build collaborative partnerships across RDA interest groups and working groups working within the field of capacity development in low and middle income countries, furthering progressing RDA’s mission.

Mechanism

Interest group members will hold bi-monthly meetings via telecom platforms such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, or etc. for all interest group members. These meetings will have running agenda items, reports of ongoing projects, and additional items added given upcoming events or emerging opportunities aligned with deliverables or collaboration with partnering organizations. Co-chairs may also meet outside of these bi-monthly meetings to manage ongoing deadlines. Meeting notes will be made open to the public via the RDA website. Plenary sessions will provide public updates about IG activities and space for community feedback regarding strategy or scope. 

Potential Projects for Interest Group Scope

In preperation of defining the Interest Group’s scope and potential objectives, the following activities are proposed:

  1. Select representatives from the RDA community active in work aligned with the SDGs familiar with strategies for forming organizational partnerships with the RDA.

  2. Assess key needs/gaps for the UN, funder, and SDG-associated organizations addressable by these RDA activities.

  3. Recognizing the work of the UN in identifying tiers of SDG indicators and the future needs for SDGs, identify potential alignment of RDA activities that may support UN tier indicator work

Posts

14
April
2022

RDA Plenary 19 Draft Programme Now Available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Chairs, The RDA 19th Plenary draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-19th-plenary-programme-0. Please note that the Plenary programme is a part of the International Data Week programme that can be accessed at https://www.rd-alliance.org/international-data-week-2022-programme.
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25
March
2022

RDA Plenary 19 as a part of IDW 2022 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals IG, Congratulations! Your RDA Plenary 19 (P19) session application titled RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals has been approved. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.
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04
March
2022

P19 session proposals submissions

by Irina Hope

Dear group members,  Thank you for submitting your session proposal for the Plenary 19 titled ‘RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals’.  A review of all submitted proposals is now underway. Notifications of sessions acceptance will be sent out by Thursday, 24th March.  Please contact the RDA Secretariat at enquiries@rd-alliance.org with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your submission.   Kind regards,  RDA Secretariat 
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14
October
2021

Webinar designed for RDA Group participants

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello - My apologies for cross-posting. We wanted to be sure RDA group Chairs and group members received this information about an upcoming webinar specifically designed to provide tips and strategies for promoting project outputs. This webinar is designed for RDA Working and Interest Group Members, but anyone interested in this topic is also invited and welcome to attend. Please register and attend "How To Get Attention for Research Project Outputs " webinar on 21 Oct 2021 - 15:00 UTC presented by Jennifer Gibson. Register here.
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24
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 draft programme now available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Co-Chairs, The RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-18th-plenary-meeting-programme. Please note that the Plenary dates have been revised to 3-11 November 2021.
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10
September
2021

Re: [id-sov][physical_samples_and_collections_ig][sustainabledevgoals] Re: [id-sov][physical_samples_and_collections_ig][sustainabledevgoals] RDA Virtual Plenary 18 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Lesley Please accept our apologies for this oversight which has now been corrected. Best regards RDA Secretariat ________________________________ From: ***@***.***-groups.org <***@***.***-groups.org> on behalf of Lesley Wyborn via Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem IG <***@***.***-groups.org> Sent: 10 September 2021 10:55
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10
September
2021

Re: [id-sov][physical_samples_and_collections_ig][sustainabledevgoals] RDA Virtual Plenary 18 - Notification of Acceptance

by Lesley Wyborn

Dear RDA secretariat Thank you for accepting our proposed session. However, could I draw your attention to the fact that the title of this session is Place-based Open Science Joint Session not Plant-based Open Science? (see below in yellow) It is correct on our web page, but I fear your internal lists many have it incorrectly listed: https://www.rd-alliance.org/place-based-open-science-joint-session Take care Lesley
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10
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem IG, International Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG and RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals IG, The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) has completed its review of session applications for the RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) and has accepted your application titled Plant-based Open Science Joint Session. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. Congratulations!
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08
September
2021

Sept 16 webinar ‘Navigating Data Sharing in International Research Collaborations (iN2N)'

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello RDA WG and IG members - We invite you to attend the upcoming webinar ‘Navigating Data Sharing in International Research Collaborations (iN2N)’ hosted by the RDA-US on 16 September at 14:00. This webinar will address the most challenging issues for data sharing in international research collaborations and will present a framework developed by the attendees of The International Network-of-Networks (iN2N) Global Expert workshop to address these challenges. Read more about the webinar and register here.
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13
August
2021

RDA VP18 Session Proposal Submission

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem IG members, International Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG members and RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals IG members, Thank you for your joint session proposal for Virtual Plenary 18 titled 'Place-based Open Science Joint Session'. A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance planned to be sent by 10 September.
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