October Newsletter: VP18 Begins this Week, RDA Web Platform, New Organisational Members and more!

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28 Oct 2021

October Newsletter: VP18 Begins this Week, RDA Web Platform, New Organisational Members and more!

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 Begins This Week!

Are you ready?! We are so excited for Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18)! The event begins this week on 3 November, and in an effort to not overwhelm attendees with meetings every day, sessions will be taking place 2-3 days each week at multiple time zones through to 11 November.

If you haven’t yet registered, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible at https://rdavp18.eventbrite.co.uk. Please try not to register immediately prior to the event or during the event, as it could take up to two hours for your account to activate.

For those who have registered, you should have received a link to the event website from Whova (the technology platform being used for the event) within this past week, which you can access using the email address and password you used at registration. If you did not receive an email, you can also go to the RDA VP18 webpage and click the event website link. 


Programme Highlights

The VP18 programme is complete and includes:

  • More than 50 Working and Interest group sessions from various phases in their group lifecycles and covering numerous topics
  • Nine Birds of a Feather sessions, which give all members an opportunity to provide feedback on topics not currently being addressed by existing RDA groups and the feasibility on pursuing those topics within the RDA community in the future
  • Five Joint sessions, where multiple groups meet to discuss their progress, compare results and identify potential for collaboration
  • A Plenary session titled “Facilitating active communities of practice to address data challenges” (3 November)
  • A Panel session titled “Implementing FAIR: Funder policy updates, roadmaps, and next steps” (10 November)
  • A Plenary session titled “Data and Software Sharing: The Role of Societies and Associations” (11 November)

Our Plenary Pathways, and the programme itself, categorizes each of these sessions within themes/tracks/pathways, so we are sure you will find a meeting that fits best with your level of interest and expertise.

For those new to RDA and want to learn more about our organisations and what more to expect at VP18, we have several video recordings available that provide brief overviews of all things RDA.

Lastly, on 4 November, the RDA-US office will be hosting a networking session titled "Where in the World You Are" and is looking for volunteers who would be willing to show their colleagues their hometowns through a short presentation/video (can be live!).  If interested, learn more

Application Deadline Extensions for Open Positions:

RDA Web Platform - Request For Applications

The RDA has opened an application process to identify a specialised website design and development company to manage, re-design, develop and maintain a new web platform that enables global collaboration among its users / community while promoting the values of the organisation. Complete details are available in the PDF and the deadline for submission of bids is 15 November 2021.


Group updates: 

Community Review Opportunity: FAIR Digital Object Fabric IG Charter

The IG Data Fabric was originally founded in 2013 with the scope to harmonize and to orchestrate RDA’s core components for a data infrastructure. Over the years one of the group’s topics shifted more and more to the introduction and specification of FAIR Digital Objects as an overarching concept building up research data infrastructures. The name of the IG Data Fabric is puzzling, confuses potential new RDA members, and promises a steep learning curve to the broad landscape of discussed topics . To address these issues and to focus the objectives, the members of the IG Data Fabric are proposing to change the name of the group to FAIR Digital Object Fabric. By 18 November, the RDA Community is encouraged to review and comment on this modified IG Charter.

RDA Professionalizing Data Stewardship Working Group Survey

This group is looking for assistance in capturing the many and varied models of Data Stewardship practiced around the world and are asking for you to spend 15 minutes completing the survey located at https://www.qualtrics.manchester.ac.uk/jfe/form/SV_dhEtf6fYpYIJOlw.

RDA-Nordic Webinar: Standards and Best Practice Recommendations for Software Repositories - 5 November 2021

Our Members: 

Welcome to our newest Organisational Members!

  • USGS (Joined in August 2021)
    RDA Member Representative: Vivian Hutchison
  • American Chemical Society (Joined in September 2021)
    RDA Member Representative: Angela Hunter
  • San Diego Supercomputer Center (Joined in September 2021)
    RDA Member Representative: Melissa Cragin
  • NCSA  (Joined in September 2021)
    RDA Member Representative: Daniel Katz

Currently, RDA has more than sixty organisational and affiliate members. These organizations provide an organisational perspective of RDA, influence its direction, and assist in the implementation and adoption of RDA’s Recommendations. For many global organisations, RDA is a vehicle to help incorporate data sharing technologies. Organisations that are interested in this opportunity can learn more about the benefits by visiting https://www.rd-alliance.org/get-involved/organisational-membership.

Updates From: 

Postponement of RDA Open Calls Deadlines

As part of the EOSC Future project, RDA launched a call earlier this month for proposals to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). This call seeked applications from individuals or organisations around the concept of improving existing technical data frameworks while at the same time leveraging on existing RDA recommendations and outputs. On 28 October, an administrative block was issued, which postponed the deadlines for this and future calls. At this time, the current open call is suspended and others will be published at a later date.

Opinion Piece - "Making The European Open Science Cloud Work: Where To Go From Here?"

At the EOSC Symposium 2021, a number of representatives of different communities shared their honest reflections, concerns and hopes for the EOSC with the intention to generate further discussion and community inputs to help us achieve the vision. Representatives also discussed several main overarching challenges that need to be overcome to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of EOSC. The “Making the European Open Science Cloud work: where to go from here?” opinion piece, authored by Sarah Jones (GÉANT), Rudolf Dimper (ESRF), Ingrid Dillo (DANS), Hilary Hanahoe (RDA), and Shalini Kurapati (Clearbox AI & Politecnico di Torino) delves deeper into these challenges and recommendations and offers insights to what they would do if they had a magic wand and could change one thing to make EOSC better. Read 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: 

Application Profile for Machine-Actionable Data Management Plans

The Data Science Journal has recently published a research paper titled “Application Profile for Machine-Actionable Data Management Plans”, describing how the recommendation was developed and adopted by others. Authored by Tomasz Miksa, Paul Walk, Peter Neish, Sarah Jones, Rob Hooft and many other RDA members, this is an excellent example of RDA collaboration!

RDA Adoption Stories Playlist

Did you know RDA has a playlist on YouTube featuring numerous adoption stories of RDA’s Recommendations? Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL77Dq-HHs58a9GRarka68-1OR5MAe8SPk.