RDA 15th Plenary in Melbourne, CODATA Science Journal RDA Special Collection, RDA & COAR Collaboration, P14 Highlights & more: the July Newsletter is out!

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26 Jul 2019

RDA 15th Plenary in Melbourne, CODATA Science Journal RDA Special Collection, RDA & COAR Collaboration, P14 Highlights & more: the July Newsletter is out!


RDA is delighted to announce its 15th Plenary Meeting will take place from 18 - 20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. The event will be hosted by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) with the support of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). The Plenary meeting will be organised in conjunction with the annual C3DIS (Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science). Mark the dates in your diary and check this page  for updates.

Planning Tips for RDA Plenary 14

  • Review the draft programme and co-located meeting schedule.  In addition to the Plenary itself, many RDA side meetings are also taking place prior to the Plenary. The Breakout Schedule will also be posted in the coming weeks.  Check the draft programme and the co-located event schedule.  
  • Book your hotel by 17 August. Discounted rates at numerous hotels in Espoo and Helsinki are available, but you need to make your reservation by this date. View hotel options.
  • Early Bird. Register for the meeting by 24 September to secure the Early Bird rate of €459. Visit the registration page.
  • Become a P14 Sponsor.  Many options are available. Learn more about Plenary sponsorship opportunities.


Call for Nominations for the 2019 Technical Advisory Board

RDA Technical Advisory Board provides technical expertise and advice to the Council, and assists in the development, review and promotion of RDA Working and Interest Groups. There are currently 14 TAB members, and 4 are stepping down in this cycle. The 2019 election to TAB will be open until 23:59 UTC on 15 September 2019 and will again elect 5 members. The total number of TAB members will, therefore, increase to 15 after this year’s TAB Election. ► Visit the call for nominations page


The Data Science Journal RDA Special Collection

The collection aims to gather and promote research results and outcomes stemming from the Research Data Alliance activities. In particular, it collects high quality papers describing the latest results of RDA working groups (WGs) or interest groups (IGs) focusing particularly on use cases that highlight the added value of the RDA solutions for different challenges related to research data sharing and management. This continuous Call for Papers is open to all interested applicants regardless of their geographical provenance. The “RDA Europe 4.0” project will cover the publication fee of a maximum of 30 articles. ► Read more


Calling the RDA Community!

Four Recommendations and Outputs are currently open for Community Review. Your comments are important and will allow these ouputs to undergo their endorsement by RDA.  Have your say: read the documents and provide your comments by the given date!


Launch of Ireland's National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment 

Ireland’s National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment was officially launched on 10 July 2019. The National Framework is the culmination of the hard work and collaboration of all members of the National Open Research Forum (NORF) including the National Library of Ireland and RDA Ireland coordinating organisation. NLI and RDA Ireland are both part of the initial group of organisations endorsing the plan.  ► Read more

RDA in a Nutshell - July Statistics

8,642 individual members, 104 groups and 32 flagship outputs: read, download and share the July full report!



RDA Meet & Greet Australia Tour: Webinar with Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General, 7 August 2019

Ahead of the first Australian RDA plenary in 2020, the RDA and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) are collaborating to present anRDA meet and greet tour” in Australia from 22 July to 8 August. As part of the tour, Hilary Hanahoe will be giving a Webinar on 7 August at 12 noon AEST.Read more and register



RDA Ireland Meet The Expert: FAIR Data in the Social Sciences and Humanities: from FAIRytale to FAIR Enough

In this lecture at the National Library of Ireland on 31 July Ingrid Dillo (DANS) will talk about research data management and the concepts of FAIR and TRUST in the context of the social sciences and humanities. ► Read more


ARCHIVER Early Adopters Programme Webinar

Are you part of a public sector research organisation with needs for standards-based, cost-effective data archiving and preservation services? The ARCHIVER project is organising a webinar on 4 September 2019 ► Read more


Implementing FAIR Data for People and Machines: Impact and Implications

Co-Sponsored by RDA/U.S., U.S. cross-agency CENDI, the National Academies, and National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)/National Information Standards Organization (NISO), this special one-day workshop will be held on 11 September 2019 for data and information professionals, information technologists, and for disciplinary scientists interested in effective data sharing is focused on the wave of activities related to making data “FAIR”.► Read more


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RDA and COAR Collaborate to Progress Research Data Management Internationally

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) are pleased to announce an agreement to work together to strengthen and expand capacities for research data management within the international data repository community. ► Read more


Member Spotlight: Stephanie Russo Carroll (Rainie)

In this month’s Member Spotlight, we are featuring Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll (Rainie), an Ahtna woman from Alaska and a Citizen of the Native Village of Kluti-Kaah. Stephanie is a co-Chair for the International Indigenous Sovereignty Interest Group at RDA. She is the co-founder of the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and a founding member of the Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA). Stephanie holds several other positions, including Assistant Professor of Public Health, Associate Director for the Native Nations Institute at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and Co-Director for the Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research, at the University of Arizona.embers,  is seeking to fill a Research Development Associate (RDA) in Research Development Services (RDS). ► Read more




Position open for a Research Development Associate at the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona, one of RDA Organizational Members,  is seeking to fill a Research Development Associate (RDA) in Research Development Services (RDS). ► Read more


The International Association of STM Publishers is looking for two Research Data Implementation Managers

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) is seeking two Research DataImplementation Managers one for and based in Europe, one for and based in the USA. Letters of application are welcome before August 19, 2019. ► Read more




Book Sprint Success: A Team Writing Exercise for the Win - By Connie Clare

On 10th July our multidisciplinary team of dedicated volunteers checked-in at a hotel in the Hague, Netherlands, to participate in a three-day book sprint. In this blog, they share their book sprint success story and reasons for why they advocate collaborative writing.

RDA Secretariat Face-to-face Meeting, July 2019 - By Hilary Hanahoe

For the first time ever, since its establishment in 2013, the RDA Secretariat met for 3 days in Pisa, Italy to discuss operational plans for the next 10 months.  "This team is exceptional and I am very lucky to have such a group of qualified professionals with different skill sets, ideas, characters and cultures".