RDA April Newsletter: Plenary 14, RDA in one Word, Adoption Updates and more

You are here

25 Apr 2019

RDA April Newsletter: Plenary 14, RDA in one Word, Adoption Updates and more

Mark your Calendars for RDA Plenary 14 in Helsinki, Finland

Taking place from 23-25 October in Helsinki, Finland at Dipoli at Aalto University, the RDA 14th Plenary will bring together data experts in research, industry and policy-making from all around the world and from all disciplines. Under the theme, Data Makes the Difference, the meeting will address the extensive potential of research data in improving decision making, tackling grand societal challenges, and engaging citizens in the creation of knowledge and betterment of society. The Plenary is co-hosted by Research Data Alliance Finland, CSC - IT Centre for Science, Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, and Finnish Meteorological Institute.

The call for collocated events is open now!  If you or your colleagues are organizing an event in the near future, consider collocating it with RDA during P14 - simply submit your application.

More information on P14 will be released in May, including registration details, lodging options and programme highlights.



RDA Welcomes Three New Council Members

The Council elections for 2019 closed on 16 April and the slate proposed by the Nominations Committee was approved by the membership. We are honoured to welcome three new council members: Jill Benn (University of Western Australia), Robert J. Hanisch (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and Mark Leggott(Research Data Canada). Learn more about these members and the RDA Council.


RDA in one Word

Can you describe RDA with one word? See what P13 attendees said in this video.



Adopting RDA Recommendations and Outputs Across the Research Data Lifecyle

Earlier this month during Plenary 13 in Philadelphia, members of the RDA Secretariat delivered the above-titled presentation during the Business and Outputs Plenary Session. In it, the value and impact of the RDA Recommendations and Outputs were described in the context of the research data management lifecycle; specifically, in the areas of data management, data collection, data description, identify-store-preserve, disseminate-link-find, and policy-legal compliance-capacity. Organizations who have adopted these recommendations and outputs were also featured during the session.

The video recording (begins at minute 31) and slides from this presentation are available as well as on the programme page of the Plenary 13 web page.

Call for Applications Now Open for The African Open Science Platform School of Research Data Science and CODATA-RDA Data Schools Initiative

The African Open Science Platform School of Research Data Science, in collaboration with the CODATA-RDA Data Schools Initiative will take place on 17-28 June 2019 at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The deadline for applications is 10 May. Learn more at http://africanopenscience.org.za.



see them all: RDA Calendar of events


Did you miss them? RDA Past Webinars:

  • RDA Output Adoption Webinar Series: Outputs to Support Reproducible Health Research (slides and recording)
  • GEDE Webinar on Maturity Indicators for FAIRness and Certification of Repositories (slides only)
  • Data Versioning WG final report (slides only)
Group updates: 


Requests for Comments

Preserving Scientific Annotation Working Group (PSA-WG) intends to advance adoption of reliable standards-based preservation solutions for both newly-created research contributions which employ annotation of data and documents, and also those redelivered from existing research investments. The RDA Community is encouraged to review the group’s case statement and provide regarding its charter by 18 May 2019, located at https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/preserving-scientific-annotation-wg/case-statement/preserving-scientific-annotation-wg-case.


Our Members: 


Francine Berman, one of the RDA Founders, Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to our own Dr. Francine Berman, who has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences along with luminaries including former First Lady Michele Obama, author Jonathan Franzen, and gender theorist Judith Butler. Dr. Berman joins more than 200 other newly elected members for 2019 with compelling achievements in academia, business, government, and public affairs. Read more here.


Organizational Member Spotlight: American University Library

The American University Library (www.american.edu) strives to do one thing – to enable the success of our researchers and students. As the library of a mid-sized, private, non-profit university, and as a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), the Library is strategically positioned to provide three key attributes: a rich array of resources and materials to our researchers and students, a community network which connects scholars across location and discipline, and expert and personalized guidance through the entire research process. Read more


RDA Code of Conduct

RDA is a rapidly growing global community of diverse individuals, institutes, government bodies, and organizations including corporations and businesses with valuable expertise, perspectives, and experiences. RDA greatly benefits from the mixing of cultures but is also vulnerable to the dangers that can arise from cross-cultural misunderstandings. To better support a safe and inclusive environment for all community members, RDA has published a Code of Conduct to clearly signal community norms and be explicit about inappropriate behavior and to outline associated consequences. Learn more at https://rd-alliance.org/rda-code-conduct-and-how-report-breach



We have several new blogs posted on the RDA website, posted just after Plenary 13. Take some time to read and share these personal accounts from a few of our RDA members:

Updates From: 


Call for Papers: 15th International Digital Curation Conference, 17 - 20 February 2020, Dublin

Under the theme "Collective Curation: the many hands that make data work", the 15th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC20) will be organized in Dublin, Ireland from the 17th to the 20th of February 2020. Submission types are likely to include full, peer-reviewed papers as well as shorter forms with various post-submission review and publication tracks, as well as posters on various themes. For more details, visit http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc20/call-papers.


Take the Enabling FAIR Data Survey

The Enabling FAIR Data project is making progress, but needs your help to determine our impact on the FAIR data landscape. Please participate in a voluntary survey about the increasingly open use of data in research (estimated survey time 10-15 mins). See project information, partners, and funders here: https://copdess.org/enabling-fair-data-project/

Take the survey here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4874855/FAIR-Data-Survey-2019-consent


Plenary Updates: 


Plenary 13 Poster Session winners

During RDA P13, we held the first RDA Poster Submission contest. Special congratulations to our winners:

  1. Christina Oré de Boehm, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
    Good Data - Good Heart: Open Access and U.S. Tribal Governance  

  2. Leslie Hsu, United States Geological Survey
    Connecting Data Conversations between the Community for Data Integration and the Research Data Alliance

  3. Sara Gonzales, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University
    Beyond Accessibility: Taking the Institutional Repository to the Next Generation 

Thank you to the Early Career and Engagement Interest Group members who acted as judges, and especially to Devan Ray Donaldson and Fotis Psomopoulos who designed and led this event!

For those who submitted posters and would like to include a pdf version on the RDA website, please send the file to enquiries@rd-alliance.org.


Plenary 13 Presentations and Photos Now Available

Visit the Plenary 13 Programme page to access the presentation slides from the plenary sessions, the breakout session presentation and notes (if posted by the group chairs).  The photo gallery has also been added to the main plenary page and accessible from the side navigation. Video recordings will be soon accessible from the same page.


Recommendations & Outputs: 


Adopting RDA Outputs

Newly Endorsed Recommendations