RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals

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04 Aug 2020
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 

The aim of the meeting agenda is three-fold: 

1) Present activities ongoing within the RDA that could align with the SDGs, including survey results
2) Explore representatives active in this work familiar with strategies for forming organizational partnerships with the RDA
3) Assess key needs/gaps for the UN addressable by these RDA activities

Meeting objectives: 

In reflecting on the sessions and feedback throughout previous plenaries and co-chair meetings, some of the major takeaways and potential next steps on SDG work are as follows:

--Create adoption/output portfolio for the development sector audience

Such a portfolio could be a brief summary of RDA-alignment with the SDG work and some educational materials, such as a webinar, describing how RDA outputs could be applicable to social and technical issues surrounding work in the SDGs. We'd also thought featuring testimonials of people working in the SDGs who recognize the RDA's benefit or have used RDA outputs in past within their work would be beneficial. We're in contact with members of the RDA summers schools and education for librarians IG who are well-experienced in crafting similar portfolios for targeted audiences, but any guidance you could offer in how such a portfolio could be impactful would be more than welcome.

--Define next steps, tasks, and timelines

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative Notes Link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ojfCjwZFvsJnmPXiFfYF4DTvyTKRiFtgzW0_...


--Report of ongoing SDG-related work (20 minutes)

-Analyzing the value of RDA for the SDGs
-RDA guide to International Research Data

--Engaging aligned WG/IG to expand and evaluate the preliminary SDG work (15 minutes)

--Review of Organizational partnerships and strategies for strengthening ties (15 minutes)

--Next steps, discussion, and questions (40 minutes)

--Timeline, virtual webinar and workshops, dedicated tasks and work

Target Audience: 

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.

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

In previous Plenaries the Data for Development IG has focused on the need of data to solve major issues of concern to in particular developing countries such as poverty, inequality, education, gender which are all also SDG targets. The sUAS group has focused on data challenges related to new and emerging technologies, many outcomes of which are relevant for data collection for the SDGs. Discussions within The Health Data IG have been highly productive surrounding health and clinical informatics and use of large electronic health record data, as well as related topics of patient and data privacy. Work underway within the RDA secretariat has focused on how RDA outputs and recommendations can be disseminated and packaged to support efforts of other organizations or community development initiatives. Such efforts include increasing organizational collaboration and integration of RDA outputs within education curricula, directly aligning with the mission of the UN interoperability collaborative. The RDA summers schools and education for librarians IG is well-experienced in crafting portfolios for targeted audiences, and will share as a part of this joint session.

Further descriptions of activities and scope of the groups involved (independently and jointly) are available via the following links:

RDA Data for Development Interest Group:


RDA Health Data Interest Group:


RDA Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Data Interest Group:


RDA P11 session - Ethics in FAIR Data: Ethical and practical issues of data sharing and usage within and across disciplines


RDA Plenary 13th - Data for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Challenges and Responsibilities. (2019). YouTube. Retrieved 6 June 2019, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaAQhjsMPdc&feature=youtu.be

Joint Session IG Data for Development, IG Health Data, IG Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data - RDA 13th Plenary Meeting. (2019). RDA. Retrieved 6 June 2019, from https://www.rd-alliance.org/joint-session-ig-data-development-ig-health-data-ig-small-unmanned-aircraft-systems%E2%80%99-data-rda-13th

RDA Output Adoption Webinar Series: Outputs to Support Reproducible Health Research. (2019). RDA. Retrieved 6 June 2019, from https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-output-adoption-webinar-series-outputs-support-reproducible-health-research-0

RDA Outputs Overview

International Network of Networks Data Experts Workshop_A RDA Guide to International Data Research

Short Group Status: 

This session will be the first official meeting of the RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals Interest Group which has recently received approval and endorsement. Though our group is newly endorsed, this session builds upon work conducted at the previous four plenaries, including a joint session at P14, a BOF during RDA P12, and a joint session at RDA P13 which have opened discussion of main themes, gaps, and coordination needs related to SDGs data. These have been well-attended sessions that have started dialogue to frame the cross-sector and cross-disciplinary data needs for the SDGs, which will benefit from the continuation of this joint IG session. 

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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Meeting presenters: 
Ingvill Constanze Mochmann, Anthony Juehne, Devika Madalli, Lindsay Barbieri