Requests for Comments Open!
The RDA community is invited to comment on the following documents open for community review:
Open Science Graphs for FAIR Data Interest Group
The Open Science Graphs for FAIR Data Interest Group is a newly created RDA group. As with all new groups, the RDA community is encouraged to review the group’s Charter Statement and provide feedback by 18 July regarding its mission, objectives and desired outcomes. To post a comment, you must be logged in as an RDA member and submit your comments at the bottom of the Charter Statement page.
WDS/RDA Assessment of Data Fitness for Use WG Outputs and Recommendations
This group developed criteria for research dataset fitness for use compared against the CoreTrustSeal requirements and FAIR principles and a checklist for evaluation of dataset for fitness for use meant to supplement the CoreTrustSeal Repository Certification process. Read them and leave your comment on the Recommendations page
Call for Nominations for the 2019 RDA Technical Advisory Board
RDA is seeking candidates for the annual Technical Advisory Board (TAB) election, to be held in October and November 2019. TAB Terms are for three (3) years. We encourage participation from RDA members at all stages of their careers. Please note that current members of RDA’s Council, Secretariat, and Organizational Advisory Board are not eligible for TAB membership.
What does TAB do? TAB is responsible for the technical direction of the RDA and provides technical expertise and advice to the Council, as well as helping to develop and review RDA Working and Interest Groups to promote their impact and effectiveness. RDA conducts TAB elections on a yearly basis, coinciding with the year's even-numbered Plenary. At these times, a set of TAB members rotates off after their 3-year-terms come to an end. Four of the RDA TAB members’ terms are ending in September 2019. The four TAB members stepping down may run again.
Nominations will be accepted until 23:59 UTC on 15 September 2019.
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To enable members to better understand what technical and social infrastructure solutions RDA groups are developing, and which scientific disciplines may benefit from RDA Group outcomes, a new enhancement to the RDA website has been implemented that lets you search by group focus and scientific domain. This filter has been created to allow you to identify which RDA group(s) might be more useful for your research. Try it out and let us know what you think!
Call for Papers: Research Data Alliance Results Special Collection
The Data Science Journal special 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.
The submitted manuscripts might present, without being limited to, the following themes:
The scope of this special collection is to ultimately become a point of reference for experts from the international community that are committed to enabling data sharing, exchange, and interoperability by showcasing the various RDA results and how these have been implemented across disciplines, organisations and geographies.
Specific tools, code, best practices, standards, surveys, recommendations, reports, and other results will be brought to a larger audience via the peer-reviewed, open access Data Science Journal. Read more.
New Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) CEO, Rosie Hicks
In a recently published article in Science|Business titled “Open Science and Research Data – A View from Down Under,” Rosie Hicks, the head of the Australian Research Data Commons, shares her thoughts on open science, interoperability between Europe and Australia, and the influence of RDA. Read more.
WDS Data Stewardship Award 2019
The World Data System (WDS) of the International Science Council (ISC, formerly ICSU) supports long-term stewardship of quality-assured scientific data and data services across a range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, and the humanities. The WDS Data Stewardship Award highlights exceptional contributions to the improvement of scientific data stewardship by early career researchers through their engagement with the community, academic achievements, and innovations. Read more.
Research and Partnerships Lead
Information Systems Lead
The GODAN Secretariat is currently recruiting for the two vacancies above as part of its new programme of work. Read more.
Director of Public Programming
The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society seeks an experienced and dynamic Director of Public Programming to oversee multiple aspects of outward-facing communications, community activity, and events specifically related to education and outreach. This role will operate in the spaces between research, community, communications, and events, and will translate the Center's research and educational activities to an external audience to aid in the dissemination of information and leverage our diverse internal community of staff, fellows, interns, collaborators, partners, and alums to help design and foster engagement opportunities. Read more.