Operationalising the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science (SoRDS)

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31 Oct 2022
Meeting objectives: 

The CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science (SoRDS) has recently started a project to make the overall processes associated with SoRDS more efficient. The project will have reached its half way point during the Plenary and this session will be used as an opportunity to outline what the project’s goals are and what has been achieved so far. It will also be used to discuss a refresh of one of the modules and to get feedback from the RDA community on the value add of SoRDS.

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative session notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-1-GAiSEFUUcTuPtop0LWt2pxuwHJMZGGOh3...

  • Outline of EOSC-F/RDA optimisation project (Hugh Shanahan) 10 minutes

  • Summary of optimisation project achievements to date (Patricia Herterich) 15 minutes

  • Case study of update of Analysis (Machine Learning) module (Raphael Cobé, Marcela Alfaro Córdoba, Hugh Shanahan) 15 minutes

  • Break out sessions to discuss value add of schools 25 minutes

  • Summarise feedback from sessions 15 minutes 

  • Call for additional involvement from RDA members (Rob Quick) 10 minutes

Target Audience: 

Members of the RDA community with an interest in training.

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

The WG was set up in 2015 with the goal of delivering the skills necessary to analyse data for researchers in the 21st Century. This has led to three basic activities. Delivery of training to Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in a broad range of foundational data skills, ranging from the social (open and responsible research, research data management) to the technical (the command line, git, machine learning); training to Data Steward Instructors and building on the alumni network. The priority is to provide training for individuals form Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Since 2016 it has run 16 training events for ECRs and 9 events for Data Stewards. It has an alumnus network of around 250 members. The curriculum of the ECR training is an officially recognised output of the RDA.

A full description of the activities from the WG can be found here.


Short Group Status: 

Since the completion of the FAIRsFAIR  which the WG worked in close cooperation with, the WG has been committing its effort on a) delivering training in a post-covid environment running its first face to face school in Trieste in 2022 since 2019 and running a hybrid training event in Atlanta in 2022 b) operationalising its processes to ensure that it is sustainable. On this latter strand it has set up an Advisory Board which meets twice a year. It has also recently received funding from EOSC FUTURE and RDA to develop its processes which much of this session is focused on.

Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
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Meeting presenters: 
Patricia Herterich, Raphael Cobé, Marcela Alfaro Córdoba, Rob Quick, Hugh Shanahan