RDA June Newsletter: Requests for Comments, Call for TAB Nominations, Plenary 14 and more

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12 Jun 2019

RDA June Newsletter: Requests for Comments, Call for TAB Nominations, Plenary 14 and more

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. 


Read the full announcement. 

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



RDA UK and FREYA Workshop

16 July 2019, Wellcome Trust, London, UK

Data science for bridging the digital divide

16-17 July 2019, Alan Turing Institute, London, UK 

RDA Ireland Meet The Expert: Dr. Ingrid Dillo - FAIR data in the Social Sciences and Humanities: from FAIRytale to FAIR enough

31 July 2019, Dublin, Ireland

Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute 2019

2-9 July 2019, UCLA, LA, CA

CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School

5-16 August 2019, Trieste, Italy


15-17 October 2019, Edinburgh, UK 

15th International Digital Curation Conference

17-20 February 2020, Dublin, Ireland: Submissions are now open.

Group updates: 

Open Consultation On FAIR Data In The Humanities Until 15th July 2019

In an effort to support Open Science practices in the humanities, the ALLEA E-Humanities Working Group has drafted recommendations for humanities researchers working with data, and launched an open consultation. The working group is seeking contributions from researchers and practitioners working in disciplines within the humanities, as well as policy makers and representatives of public and private organisations working in the field. The purpose of the open consultation is to gather broad feedback from active humanities researchers, in order to best tailor FAIR recommendations to the humanities.

Read more.


Our Members: 

Member Spotlight - Peter Neish (University of Melbourne) 

Peter originally trained as a botanist and spent over 10 years at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne working as a collector, research assistant and later as a computer programmer and data manager. As part of the Herbarium Information Systems Committee, Peter helped develop the systems and standards for Australia's Virtual Herbarium, which was one of the precursors of the Atlas of Living Australia. He now works as the research data curator at the University of Melbourne where he helps researchers with data management and promote the benefits of open science.

He joined RDA about 4 years ago and realised immediately that the work going on was extremely relevant and valuable - contributing to a global effort minimised duplication while increasing efficiencies. Peter has been a co-chair of the DMP Common Standards Working Group for the last 18 months and has been working with the co-chairs on modelling Data Management Plans (DMPs) to help make them machine actionable. The emphasis of DMPs in Australia is slightly different to Europe and the US, so it was important that this was taken into account when developing the DMP model and standards. Read more


Organisational Member Spotlight: European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS) 

The European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS) was established in November 2013, in order to provide Members of the European Parliament, and where appropriate, parliamentary committees, with independent, objective and authoritative analysis of, and research on, policy issues relating to the European Union, and so assist them in their parliamentary work. DG EPRS aims to provide a comprehensive range of products and services, backed by specialist internal expertise and knowledge sources in all policy fields, so empowering Members and committees through knowledge and contributing to the Parliament’s effectiveness and influence as an institution.

EPRS, through its RDA membership (and among other things) would like to contribute to state-of-the-art developments in data management, expand EPRS's own open data approach, provide advice to the RDA Council through the Organisational Advisory Board, and to be an active participant in RDA work and directions on data sharing and interoperability in their sectors, markets and geographies. 

Read more


Updates From: 

RDA in a Nutshell – June Statistics

Did you know RDA publishes a summary of community statistics each month? This summary provides a small glimpse into the growth of RDA. Highlights as of June 2019 are as follows:

Did you know RDA publishes a summary of community statistics each month? This summary provides a small glimpse into the growth of RDA. Highlights as of May 2019 are as follows:

  • 8,456 individual members from 137 countries
  • 103 groups working on global data interoperability challenges
  • 50 organisational members and 8 affiliate members
  • 32 flagship outputs and 75 adoption cases



Call for Applications - The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science School, Costa Rica

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science School is scheduled from 2-13 December in Costa Rica. The material covered here is fundamental to all areas of data science and open to researchers and professionals from all disciplines that dealwith significant amounts of data. The goal is to provide a practical introduction to these topics with extensive labs and seminars.  Read more.


Plenary Updates: 

Call for Posters extended until 18 July 

Consider participating in P14 by leading a session and/or displaying a poster during RDA’s next plenary in Helsinki, Finland from 23-25 October. Submit your applications for a group session, joint meeting, birds of a feather session and/or poster application by the 27 June 2019 deadline at 16:00 UTC. Applications are available at https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-14th-plenary-helsinki-espoo.

With the theme Data Makes the Difference, P14 will explore the extensive ways data can make the difference by bringing together a diverse group of experts from all around the globe to determine how to make a positive impact in the world by tackling complex data sharing challenges. Make your travel plans soon by registering at https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-14th-plenary-helsinki-espoo.

Sponsorship Opportunities

RDA P14 is expected to attract over 500 data professionals, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and policy makers from across the globe. As a Sponsor, your contribution will have a significant and positive impact on not only this event, but on the international data community and society as a whole. Exclusive sponsor partnerships are a prime opportunity to showcase technological and research excellence and benefit from high-level visibility. Sponsoring RDA Plenary 14th will be a rewarding business development and partnership opportunity. The various levels of visibility can also be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Read more.

New RDA Plenary Instagram Account!

RDA's plenary meetings now have an instagram account! Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/rdaplenary14/ .

Register Soon!

Be sure to register before 24 September and take advantage of the early bird rate of €459.  Register now.  



For further information on RDA and / or to submit content to the newsletter please contact enquiries@rd-alliance.org.

Recommendations & Outputs: 


RDA Adoption Stories 

The RDA CoreTrustSeal adoption story across domains and regions

CoreTrustSeal offers to any interested data repository a core level certification based on the DSA–WDS Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements catalogue and procedures. This universal catalogue of requirements reflects the core characteristics of trustworthy data repositories, and is the culmination of a cooperative effort between the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) and the World Data System of the International Science Council (WDS) under the umbrella of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) to harmonize their data repository certifications. The RDA Secretariat has collected a global set of 5 adoption stories by the Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS),  the Centre de Données astronomique de Strasbourg (CDS), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Data Access Portal (CSIRO), the Australian Data Archive (ADA) and the Chinese Astronomical Data Centre (CAsDC) to inspire its further uptake by sharing a wide variety of challenges faced, implementation processes and lessons learned.  


Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) Data Centre adopts Research Data Alliance (RDA) Recommendation on Data Citation of Evolving Data


The Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) Data Centre expected a comprehensive project outcome of completely new simulated High Resolution Climate Scenarios for Austria in the time range from 1965 till 2100 on a daily basis. For consumption,  13 model runs, 5 meteorological parameters like temperature, 3 emission scenarios, over 1600 NetCDF files with an average size of 13 GB were calculated. How could we implement proper data management processes on such data packages? We were looking for best practices on persistent identifiers and sub-setting tools for such big data containers. By chance, I met members of the RDA Data Citation Working Group. The idea of using the RDA recommendation on dynamic data citation as a pilot “NetCDF Pilot Implementation of Climate Scenarios” was born.