Science communication for research data

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26 Jan 2021
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  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021 - 10:15 - 11:45 | Breakout 3
  • Friday, 23 April 2021 - 07:00 - 08:30  | Breakout 11 (Repeat Sessions / International Time Zones)


This session aims to build on an initial BOF session held in April 2020 during the RDA 15th Plenary. The meeting discussion confirmed interest in the topic and for the set up of an Interest Group on Science Communication for research data.


Leading up to the session a draft charter for the interest group will be shared to be  discussed during the meeting and finalised for submission. 


The initial draft is available at


The BOF session has highlighted a set of priorities that the group aims to take forward: 

  • Best practices & resources for Science Communication 

  • Professionalising Science Communication for research data / the issue of training & skills 

  • Incentives & rewards systems for Science Communication

  • Trustworthiness in Science Communication

  • Science Communication stakeholders & audiences 

  • Science Communication & Data Lifecycle


The interest group will be looking at a set of potential outputs relevant for the community: 

  • Toolkit for the practice of science communication and science communication for research data 

  • Guidelines for trustworthy science communication for research data 

  • Scientific communication curriculum for skills development 

  • Use cases / best practices for a practitioner/ user scenarios catalogues

  • Survey for feedback on scientific communication stakeholders, motivations and incentives, roles and responsibilities

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Target Audience: 
  • Researchers and data practitioners 
  • Science communicators
  • Policy makers 
  • Data journalists
  • Citizen scientists 
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As mentioned the session builds upon a previous BOF meeting held during the RDA 15th Plenary, April 2020,  as well as on the interest shown during the Unconference session at the RDA 14th Plenary meeting in Helsinki, October 2019. 

The session is aimed at progressing the group charter in order to establish an Interest Group that will look in detail into the different best practice and challenges around Science Communiation for research data. 

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Working meeting
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