RDA Europe Adoption Grants update

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RDA Europe Adoption Grants update
09 Oct 2019

RDA Europe Adoption Grants update

Following on from the announcement of funding for eight projects following an Adoption Open Call earlier this year, RDA Europe 4.0 is pleased to give an update on their progress so far. Activities for all eight projects are underway and over the coming weeks and months we will look to highlight the aims and achievements of each one.

To do this, we have started a series of blogs with the intention of introducing the projects in more detail. In each post, we look to give some background information on the institutions and researchers who are coordinating the adoption, outline the issues their projects are addressing, and look at the specific advantages that the RDA’s global community can offer to them.  

So far, we have put together introductory posts for three of the projects:

Keep an eye out on the RDA blogs feed for future project introductions. In the meantime, you can read a brief summary of all eight funded use-cases below.


Find out more

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can implement the RDA’s Recommendations and Outputs or want to hear from those who have already done so, then there are a number of relevant events at the RDA’s 14th Plenary taking place later this month in Helsinki. If you are planning to attend, the following workshops and sessions may be of interest:


The 8 Funded Use-Case Projects

Support staff, such as data stewards, IT support staff, librarians or policy officers, often have different levels of understanding of RDM. However, they need to collaborate closely to offer state-of-the-art support for researchers wishing to do responsible RDM. The 23 Things can act as a shared reference tool that enhances mutual understanding and improves collaboration. It can also be used for quick reference and as a guideline for training. We propose to update and adjust the 23 Things to the above mentioned audiences and stimulate nationwide adoption.

The adoption of recommendations from RDA Wheat Data Interoperability initiative can be addressed to better access, share, store and analyse all wheat related data used by the research community. The main goal of our proposal is to develop a model for semantic interoperability which will integrate the data from the existing resources with the existing external open source web based knowledge sources for Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) knowledge discovery.

The Climate Change Centre Austria, as research data infrastructure facility for the Climatological Domain, targets a very limited user community. The implementation of Scalable Dynamic-data Citation Methodology aims to extend the implemented Service to further research domain, the Earth Observation Sciences.

The implementation of the data publishing workflow is connected to the technical development of the data repository at the University of Debrecen, to be launched at the end of 2019. Introduction of the data publishing workflow is beneficiary for all researchers as users will be educated about standards and international guidelines (FAIR, FORCE) necessary for data sharing and the institutional data repository will be used as a publishing platforms for data outputs.

This proposal constitutes the Pilot Project and first use case of adoption of the ICTP’s Data Sharing Initiative. It will make available to scientists around the world global single station calibrated Ionospheric Total Electron Content data. The calibration will be a single station technique developed in ICTP that allows to work at different scales, from local to regional and global.

The Climate Data Store repository contains various types of data for which we have to present summaries at the level of variable and dataset. Adopting and presenting the RDA metadata repository as a trustful reference and using the various standards gathered there will help us make strong recommendations on what should be presented in the CDS.

These two proposals from Hungarian will be merged into one use-case project. In lack of institutional or national standards in Hungary, RDA Outputs including the technical and social infrastructure solutions provide the necessary support and guidance to start implementing and coordinating data management practices on different levels. In addition establishing data repositories is an increasingly urgent task in Hungary. With the adoption of RDA Recommendation Repository Audit and Certification Catalogues the Library and Information Centre of Hungarian Academy of Sciences aims to unchain the Hungarian repository revolution: new data repositories will established, the existing ones will be standardised and they will use similar workflows.

The Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) has designed a "reproducible paper" template by following best practices, including RDA recommendations and outputs, in their research since 2015. It has significantly grown since then, and is now a fully documented template. With this proposal, we are aiming to improve, test, and promote our adoption of RDA guidelines, and in particular the "Workflows for Research Data Publishing" recommendation and output.