November Newsletter - VP18 is a Wrap, ​​​​​​​New TAB Members, RDA Group Updates, Remembrance for Peter Fox and more!

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29 Nov 2021

November Newsletter - VP18 is a Wrap, ​​​​​​​New TAB Members, RDA Group Updates, Remembrance for Peter Fox and more!

Virtual Plenary 18 is a Wrap!

Another successful RDA plenary took place this past month. Thank you to all who participated in Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18), the first RDA plenary fully owned, planned and delivered by the RDA Secretariat. Although we greatly miss our face to face meetings, the engagement, interaction and overall enthusiasm during this meeting was inspiring. Our community is amazing!

Here are just a few of the highlights from our November meeting:

  • 626 participants from over 40 countries
  • 81 sessions in total
  • 12 Birds of a Feather sessions, many of which our community will hear more about in the coming weeks
  • Seven plenary sessions 
  • Four networking sessions
  • Two poster sessions

Also, congratulations to our poster session award winners, Dorothea Strecker, Maxi Kindling, Vivien Petris and Yi Wan, all from the Humboldt University of Berlin who presented their poster titled “Research Data Quality Assurances Indexed in re3data”

Recordings of the meeting are available for registrants until 15 December. For those that did not attend, we are pleased to announce they will be available on our YouTube channel after this date.

For those that attended, this is one more reminder to provide your feedback about the meeting through the survey by 10 December. The information we gather from this is of great benefit for shaping future events so we appreciate any comments you can give us.


Remembrance for Dr. Peter Fox

On Sunday, 12 December, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) will be holding a remembrance of Dr. Peter Fox, who passed away on March 27, 2021 (see RDA article).  The remembrance will be held as part of the AGU Fall meeting in New Orleans. No RSVP or registration is required, and remote attendance will be possible for those not traveling to the meeting.  The event will be streamed live via Zoom

FAIR Digital Objects Forum presents "High Level Panel on Future Data Space"

Date: 19 January 2022

Organisers: George Strawn, Peter Wittenburg (FDO Forum)Moderator: Prof. Dr. Beth Plale (Indiana University)
Learn more.

Group updates: 

Update from the RDA Physical Samples And Collections In The Research Data Ecosystem Interest Group

This recent blog post from Sarah Ramdeen, Lesley Wyborn, Kerstin Lehnert and Esther Plomp provides an excellent update from the Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem Interest Group. It also references the 23 Things Physical Samples flyer, which is open for Community Review through 2 December.  Read blog post.

Survey from the Raising FAIRness in HRPOs Working Group

The Raising FAIRness in HRPOs Working Group is looking to collect opinions on data sharing and FAIR Data Policies by your country and research funders. Complete survey.

Our Members: 

RDA Announces New Members to Technical Advisory Board

The three-year term for the following five Technical Advisory Board (TAB) members ended this past month:

  • Jeremy Geelen
  • Christine Kirkpatrick
  • Dimitris Koureas
  • Isabelle Perseil
  • Frankie Stevens

We thank them tremendously for their dedication to RDA during the past few years, and also thank Isabelle and Frankie for offering to stay on for another term.

Two new TAB members joined Isabelle and Frankie on 1 December in starting a three year term. These members are:

Congratulations to both of them and we look forward to your leadership and collaboration. Current members of the Technical Advisory Board are available here, which also includes additional information about TAB activities and membership.

Thank you to all for your fundamental support for the work and business of RDA.

TAB Member Spotlight

For the last several months, we profiled many of our TAB members. For this latest issue, we spotlight Mingfang Wu, senior research data specialist at the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).

Job Opportunities from our Organisational Members

Updates From: 

RDA Open Calls

RDA is running a series of calls, in the context of the EOSC Future project, to further enable the integration and uptake of EOSC services and more widely support advancements in terms of research data interoperability, management and sharing and the adoption of Open Science best practices. A total Budget of 1 Million Euros is reserved to fund over 65 grantees in 9 open calls.

The following calls are currently open:

  1. RDA Open Call for Domain Ambassadors #1
    This call aims to engage disciplinary experts and groups through a bottom-up approach and ensure they contribute with their know-how to EOSC while bringing back benefits to their communities, raising awareness about EOSC and encouraging wider engagement.

    Closing Date: 15 February 2022 - 04:00 pm CET

  2. RDA Open Call for Maintenance Facilities
    RDA is looking to contract an individual or an organisation who can provide technical tools to organise and curate, over time, RDA outputs.

    Closing Date: 15 March 2022 - 04:00 pm CET

Learn more.

Plenary Updates: 

RDA 19th Plenary Meeting, Part of International Data Week, 20–23 June 2022, Seoul, South Korea

The founding organisations, the International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the local hosts announce that the main conference of International Data Week 2021 will be postponed to 20-23 June 2022. Associated events will take place from 18-26 June 2022. The conference will be a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation.


SAVE THE DATE: International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, 23–26 October 2023, Salzburg, Austria


The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and RDA have announced  International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, taking place on 23–26 October 2023 in Salzburg, Austria. Learn more.


Recommendations & Outputs: 

Harvard Data Science Review Features Paper Jointly Written By RDA Dynamic Data Citation Working Group Adopters

The paper, titled “Precisely and Persistently Identifying and Citing Arbitrary Subsets of Dynamic Data” provides a summary of the RDA Dynamic Data Citation Working Group's recommendations, describes the reference implementations for different types of data, and presents a number of implementations that have been deployed in various infrastructures. Congratulations to all involved!


Rauber, A., Gößwein, B., Zwölf, C. M., Schubert, C., Wörister, F., Duncan, J., … Parsons, M. A. (2021). Precisely and Persistently Identifying and Citing Arbitrary Subsets of Dynamic Data. Harvard Data Science Review, 3(4).