RDA Month in Review - Plenary 20 Special Issue and other News

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28 Feb 2023

RDA Month in Review - Plenary 20 Special Issue and other News

With RDA P20 just around the corner, we thought we'd share a few important updates:

Registration for RDA P20 is Still Open! 

RDA P20 will be hybrid event with the face-to-face component taking place at Lindholmen Conference Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. If you haven't registered yet, you can do so here.

We are excited to bring the community together for yet another buzzing RDA Plenary! Don't miss out, there are just under 100 in-person spaces left (virtual-only tickets are also available, as well as Lower and Middle Income Country rates).

Paying by Invoice? From 3 March registration will only be accepted by credit cards. 

RDA P20 Final Programme & Pathways

The final P20 programme is available on the RDA website, featuring almost 40 Group meetings, 8 Birds of a Feather sessions, a range of Plenary sessions as well as multiple networking get-togethers! Not sure which session is for you? The RDA P20 Pathways have been developed aiming to enhance the plenary experience, to highlight convergences, and to propose divergences you may not have considered.

RDA for Newcomers

If you are new to RDA and the Plenaries, you can find out everything you need to know in this RDA Plenary in a Nutshell Guide. 

Co-located Events at RDA P20

In addion to the packed main Plenary programme, you can choose from a wide range of co-located events on Monday 20th and Friday 24th March 2023. Whether you want to keep up with EU funded projects, or want to find your niche, we've got you covered! A list of events is provided below; for more information on how to register and location details please visit the RDA website

Getting around Gothenburg

The RDA Secretariat Plenary team alongside the local organising committee have put together a list of all you need to know to make sure your trip to Gothenburg is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Check out this guide for information on the conference and social event venues as well as details about public transport and getting around. 

RDA P20 Sponsor Highlight: Elsevier

We are excited to announce a new sponsor for RDA's 20th Plenary Meeting, Elsevier. The sponsor is organising a number of events that may be of interest to the Community:

'RDM, from Strategy to Impact: What you need is an infrastructure (people & technology) and a mind shift.'

3 discussions on 9, 16, 23 March 2023 at 13:00 UTC 

Increasingly, research data sharing is required by funders, publishers and government strategic agendas. In response, institutions are ramping up their research data management (RDM) efforts, but there are a lot of questions to address before getting started and during implementation. And for those organizations who have already invested time and resources into an RDM—how can it better meet the institution’s needs? Glean insights from practitioners and experts who planned, customized and implemented their institutional RDMs…with success. All seminars are offered at 13:00 UTC, conducted in English and have a duration of 50 minutes. Attending the webinars is free of charge.

Further details and registration.


Upcoming Birds of a Feather Session:
"Introducing Innovative Indicators to Track Sweden's Open Research Data Objective: How to measure progress? Defining indicators to track Open Research Data across Swedish Universities" 

22 March 2023 at 08:00-09:30 UTC, part of RDA Plenary 20 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Sweden has set an ambitious objective to make all their research data open by 2026. In order to achieve this, there needs to be individual and institutional behavior changes and a framework to track these changes and progress. The Swedish National Data Service, together with Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet, Gothenburg University, and Elsevier have started initial discussions to identify the right indicators to track progress. In this workshop we will present the early results from the pilot project, including a framework of indicators that can be used to track progress. The pilot indicator data have been extracted from open metadata sources as well as from Elsevier's publication indexing. We will also demonstrate how these indicators can be used to identify gaps and challenges in the current data sharing practices. In addition, practical insights arising from the project will be discussed, as well as opportunities and challenges that this effort presents. Participants will have the opportunity to join the discussion and share their own experiences with similar initiatives.

Speakers: Max Petzold, Head of School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Director Swedish National Data Service; Merlijn de Smit, Data Steward, Stockholm University

Group updates: 

Update from the RDA Funders Forum

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Funders Forum initiated around the launch of the RDA in 2013, is a group of funding organisations / representatives with an interest in research data and related data policies. Participation in the Funders Forum is not limited to current funders of the RDA, and is open to all funding agencies and organisations, both public and private, with an interest to attend and actively contribute.

The RDA Funders Forum is chaired and co-ordinated by representatives from funding agencies directly. Since 2017, the Funders Forum has been co-chaired by Matthew Lucas Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Performance, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Joshua M. Greenberg, Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Digital Information Technology program

From 1 March 2023, Matthew will be joined by Dina N. Paltoo, Ph.D., M.P.H Assistant Director, Scientific Strategy and Innovation, Immediate Office of the Director (IOD), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

We are delighted to have Dina join the forum and are so very grateful to Josh for his expertise, time and wonderful leadership of the Funders Forum for many years. Matthew continues to support this very important group of stakeholders.

There are currently few forums for research funders engaged in the open research and data management space to discuss their unique challenges, perspectives and opportunities. Creating a forum for research funders to initiate or further data-related discussions results in lasting benefits for the research community (increased coordination, standardization and support) and the funders themselves in terms of avoiding duplication of efforts and building on existing expertise and resources.

The next meeting of the RDA Funders Forum, takes place on 20 March 2023 in Gothengurg, Sweden in conjunction with the Research Data Alliance 20th Plenary meeting. Participation is open to all funding agencies but subject to registration

Learn more about the RDA Funders Forum

Plenary Updates: 

International Data Week 2023, Salzburg

The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) are delighted to announce International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, taking place on 23–26 October 2023, in Salzburg, Austria.  IDW 2023 will be hosted by the University of Salzburg through its Data Science and Geoinformatics departments, supported by the Governor of Salzburg and with assistance from the Austrian Academy of Sciences - GIScience and the European Umbrella Organization for Geographic Information. Look for more information soon!

Recommendations & Outputs: 

New RDA Group in Community Review!

Provide your comments by 16 March on the Scientific Knowledge Graph - Interoperability Framework Working Group's plans to develop a knowledge base of repositories, databases, catalogues, knowledge graphs, etc. Provide comments here.