RDA for Newcomers Session

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Date: Sunday, March 8th

Location: San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) view the shuttle service schedule below or driving directions

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm


Welcome and History of RDA

Brief history of the Research Data Alliance since 2013, its place in the global research data landscape, and the organization’s structure, with descriptions of the Organizational Advisory Board (OAB), Secretariat, Technical Advisory Board (TAB), and Council.

Mark Parsons, Secretary General


Overview of WGs, IGs, and BoFs

RDA members participate in Birds of a Feather topic discussions, Interest Groups around particular issues, and Working Groups which produce solutions to specific problems. Offers an overview of the current RDA groups and thematic clusters.

Beth Plale, TAB Co-Chair


Website Tutorial

Explanation of how to navigate and perform basic operations on the global RDA and RDA/US website, enabling members to fully participate in WG/ IG efforts.

Yolanda Meleco, US Communications


Early Career Programs

Funding opportunities for students and early career professionals to travel to plenaries, present their research, and work closely with a working group as an intern or fellow.

Hilary Hanahoe, Secretariat


How to Get Involved

Explores the various ways for new members to volunteer their time, network with other like-minded professionals, and take advantage of RDA’s various outputs.

Stefanie Kethers, Secretariat


Testimonials and Advice

Last year’s newcomers provide insight into their experience, offering advice about how to get involved quickly and make the most of RDA.


Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn, US Scholar
Sarah Ramdeen, US Scholar



A question and answer session to address any topics not explored. An opportunity to meet the presenters to chat.

Candice Lanius, RDA/US Resident




Sunday, March 8, 2015
Shuttles depart from Paradise Point for those attending 
Adoption Day (08:25 – 12:30) and the Large Scale Data Projects (LSDC) (14:00 – 18:00) at SDSC
13:15 Shuttles depart Paradise Point for those attending the Large Scale Data Projects (LSDS) session only (14:00 – 18:00)
14:00 Shuttles depart SDSC and return to Paradise Point for those not staying for the afternoon sessions
14:30 Shuttles depart Paradise Point for those attending the RDA Newcomers meeting at SDSC (15:00 – 17:00)
18:15 Shuttles depart SDSC and return to Paradise Point