RDA in Australia - help us improve!

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27 Mar 2020

RDA in Australia - help us improve!

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) was launched as a community-driven initiative in 2013 with the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation as one of the founding funders. Since then, RDA members from Australians have been involved in the RDA governance boards, represented organisational members, co-chaired many RDA Working and Interest Groups, and adopted RDA Outputs. In the lead-up to Plenary 15, the number of Australian RDA members grew by about 140 members between October 2019 and early March 2020, and continues to grow. 


RDA in Australia is an RDA National Group that aims to bring together the Australian RDA community and to facilitate and support Australian involvement in the RDA. We would like to ask you a few questions so we can better help you reap the benefits that RDA brings.

  1. What benefits are you hoping to get from your engagement in RDA, both internationally and in Australia?
  2. What can RDA in Australia do to help you achieve these benefits?
  3. What would you like to contribute to RDA, both internationally and in Australia?

Please provide your answers in the comments box below, or in this Google document.


Thank you very much!


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Name & surname: 
Stefanie Kethers
Scientific Discipline / Research Area: 
Domain Agnostic
  • Sarah Jones's picture

    Author: Sarah Jones

    Date: 02 Apr, 2020

    Since you're not getting the same opportunity to ask your three questions to the Australian community, I'm interested to hear your views.

    If anything was possible, what models would you (Stefanie, Andrew, others at ARDC) like to employ to help grow the RDA Australia community? Are there models you like from the US or European programmes which you would like to mirror?

  • Stefanie Kethers's picture

    Author: Stefanie Kethers

    Date: 02 Apr, 2020

    Hi Sarah, that's a great question. While I think about it :) I would like to turn it around a bit: I'd love to hear from people in other regions and countries what programmes, models, etc. have worked or are working well elsewhere. What advice would you give us?


  • Stefanie Kethers's picture

    Author: Stefanie Kethers

    Date: 06 Apr, 2020

    In response to Sarah's question, I'd like to explore: regional events / meetings (virtual / face to face), eg around RDA outputs, also perhaps a "buddy system" or similar for people new to RDA, as RDA can be a bit overwhelming.

    What has been working reasonably well, I think, is to have communities of practice / local interest groups that have links with RDA groups so that there is a bidirectional communication between the local and the RDA group.

    I'd be interested in other people's thoughts and feedback.


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