RDA May Newsletter: Plenary 14, How to Find your Group, New Adoption Stories and more

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30 May 2019

RDA May Newsletter: Plenary 14, How to Find your Group, New Adoption Stories and more


RDA’s 14th Plenary Meeting – Call for Sessions and Posters Open until 27 June

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.

RDA Website Updates: Find Your RDA Group by Domain and Focus

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!


Group updates: 


Request for Comments

The RDA community is invited to comment on the Results of an Analysis of Existing FAIR Assessment Tools. This document is a first output of the FAIR Data Assessment Model WG, which is an analysis of current and existing approaches related to FAIR self-assessment tools and based on publicly available documentation and an online survey. Comments regarding this analysis from the RDA community are welcome. Find out more


Calling the Brazilian community: Cloudscape Brazil Call for Papers

Cloudscape Brazil 2019 is calling for position papers from industry, academia and policy representatives from Europe and Brazil. Submiting a position paper gives the author(s) excellent visibility both at the event, where all accepted papers will be invited to present in a dedicated session on 16th July, at WCN event. Read more

RDA Ireland Meet The Expert: Dr. Ingrid Dillo - FAIR Data In The Social Sciences And Humanities: From FAIRytale To FAIR Enough

Date/Time: 1 July 2019, 13:00
Location: National Library of Ireland – Main Building, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638

Ingrid Dillo (DANS) will talk about research data management and the concepts of FAIR and TRUST in the context of the social sciences and humanities. The lecture is open to all and particularly to humanities and social science researchers, data practitioners and information professionals but in general to anyone interested in the FAIR principles and ways of implementing this in the daily research routines. View Registration info


Our Members: 


Member Spotlight - Carlo Maria Zwolf (EU - VADMC)

Carlo Maria Zwölf is part of the Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre (VAMDC), a consortium of institutes supported by the European Union (EU) that have agreed to build a common infrastructure for sharing atomic and molecular data. The consortium was launched in 2014, with Zwölf being elected director. Coordinating with the EU to address data citation challenges was one of the Centre’s initial objectives.

During the Dublin RDA plenary (2014, Ireland), Zwölf collaborated with the RDA community on just this challenge. He joined the Data Citation Working Group and worked with its members and group Chair, Andreas Rauber. VAMDC became an early use case and the group’s Recommendations was implemented over VAMDC in 2017.   Read more.



Organisational Member Spotlight: Digital Repository of Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is the national trusted digital repository for Ireland's social science and humanities data. Awarded the Core Trust Seal in 2018, DRI adopts, promotes, and works to create international best practice in digital archiving and digital preservation across the cultural and higher education sectors, with particular attention to digital cultural heritage, and research data management in line with the principles of Open Science. Harnessing its expertise and international networks in humanities and social science data archiving and preservation, DRI works to build capacity in domains that are underrepresented in RDA’s membership and WG/IG structures, focusing on the engagement of researchers and data practitioners. Learn more about DRI’s services and involvement with the RDA community.


Updates From: 


RDA in a Nutshell – May 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 May 2019 are as follows:

  • 8,283 individual members from 137 countries
  • 102 groups working on global data interoperability challenges
  • 49 organisational members and 8 affiliate members
  • 32 flagship outputs and 75 adoption cases

Read more at https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda.


W3C Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT) Draft Version 2 Open for Review

The W3C working group on the Dataset Exchange Working Group is seeking a wide review of the draft version 2 of the Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT) that the working group is proposing to put forward for Candidate Recommendation.

In short, DCAT is an RDF vocabulary designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web. This document defines the schema and provides examples for its use. The draft is available at https://www.w3.org/TR/2019/WD-vocab-dcat-2-20190528/

The working group welcome both comments of support as well as suggestions for improvement or questions.

Please send feedback through the public email route: public-dxwg-comments@w3.org no later than 19 June 2019.



Recommendations & Outputs: 


RDA Adoption stories

The Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) Data Centre adopts Research Data Alliance (RDA) Recommendation on Data Citation of Evolving Data . While looking for best practices on persistent identifiers and sub-setting tools for such big data containers, they met the 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.  Read more.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Science Forum (GSF) adopted the Income Streams for Data Repositories report produced by the RDA/WDS Publishing Data Cost Recovery for Data Centres Interest Group Read more