03 October 2022 3313 reads


The RDA’s Thematic Community Cross-fertilisation Workshops 

The community cross-fertilisation workshop series is part of the RDA’s strategic plan to celebrate and commemorate its 10th Anniversary in 2023

Aligned with the 10th Anniversary schedule, a virtual workshop will take place each month from February to November 2023 to bring RDA Working groups, Interest groups and Communities of Practice with a similar focus together with members of the wider research data community to discuss the future of the following research data management themes:


Month 2023             

Community cross-fertilisation workshop theme 



FAIR data, software and hardware

Thursday, 23 February 
See the summary  



Health and medical data

Wednesday, 26 April 
See the summary


Metadata and technical infrastructure 

Wednesday, 31 May
Read more and register


Agriculture and environmental data 



Research data policy 



Disciplinary data



Sustainable development and responsible research



A Festival of Data



Research data management support and education



During each thematic workshop, participants will have the opportunity to answer and discuss the following questions:

  1. What are the main challenges that should be addressed within the theme over the next two years? 

  2. How can the RDA community groups address these challenges over the next two years? 

  3. What initiatives and/or communities could the RDA community implement/collaborate with to advance the theme? 


Benefits for participants and the RDA community 

These thematic workshops present a valuable opportunity to:

  • Connect and strengthen collaboration between RDA groups with similar interests and focus.

  • Facilitate discussion about a particular theme related to research data management that is of relevance to the RDA community. 

  • Showcase and celebrate community group efforts and achievements to date. 

  • Identify gaps, needs and challenges within the community, and exchange knowledge, experience and ideas to address them.

  • Provide chairs and members with a voice to direct, define and align goals and group activities. 


Pilot workshops in November 2022 

In order to determine the feasibility of the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshop series and to plan for its execution in 2023, pilot workshops on ‘RDA for Data Management Planning’ and ‘RDA for Agricultural Data’ will take place in November. 


RDA for Data Management Planning         

Thursday, 10 November 

16:00 - 17:45 UTC


        See the workshop summary 

RDA for Agricultural Data

Thursday, 17 November 

16:00 - 17:45 UTC

 See the workshop summary


Workshop outputs 

Outcomes of the cross-fertilisation workshop will be presented in a short summary (example) published and promoted online in commemoration of the RDA’s 10th Anniversary. The workshop will not be recorded but the collaborative notes will be made openly available to the wider research data community following the event. Depending on the success of the pilot workshop, additional community cross-fertilisation workshops will be conducted next year as part of the RDA’s 10th Anniversary event series.



With grateful thanks to Rossella Aversa, Francis Crawley, Lindsay Ferrara, Francoise Genova, Hilary Hanahoe, Maggie Hellström, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Reyna Jenkyns, Sarah Jones, Rebecca Koskela, Katherine McNeill, Laura Molloy, Karen Payne, Jonathan Petters, Frankie Stevens, Andrew Treloar, Bridget Walker and Michael Witt for their valuable contributions during the development of this workshop series.


Get in touch 

If you have questions or comments about the community cross-fertilisation workshop series, please feel free to contact our Community Development Manager, Connie Clare (connie.clare@rda-foundation.org).