RDA is excited to announce several important pieces of information related to RDA Plenary 15: Data for Real-World Impact, which will be held from 18-20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, MCEC. This event will be hosted by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) with the support of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).
This issue opens with all P15 not-to-be-missed including key deadlines, webinars and call for travel grants. The 5 new members that have been elected to serve on TAB for a 3-year term are presented, while the call for Council nominations is also announced. Three new documents are now open for community review, and two interviews have been done with RDA members presenting domain point of views. A long list of blogs are now available from P14 in Helsinki, and much more: what an increadibly reach month this November was!
Communication on behalf of the Research Data Architectures For Research Institutions (RDARI) IG
The Research Data Architectures for Research Institutions (RDARI) Interest Group is conducting a survey of the research data management services offered by universities and research institutions around the world. This will enable comparisons to be drawn between different institutions and help establish benchmarks for service provision. If you are happy to provide your contact details, colleagues will be able to get in touch to discuss points of interest.
It’s been barely a week since many of us returned home from Plenary 14 in Helsinki, but I’m sure most can say without a doubt, it was another fantastic meeting. With over 571 attendees, 90 breakouts, excellent keynotes and panel decisions, an Unconference event and an interactive Outputs and Adoption session, there was an abundance of collaboration, conversation and energy. We can’t thank our local organisers, Aalto University and our sponsors enough for accommodating our community. Some highlights from the meeting are provided in this newsletter, but we will be sure to provide more details on the outcomes of the meeting in future RDA communications in the coming days and weeks.
As a result of a change of institutions for the regional office and re-focus on the North American strategies and activities of the Research Data Alliance, Anthony Juehne has recently stepped down from his role on the RDA Secretariat. Anthony continues to be very actively involved in RDA on a regional level, as well as within global activities surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals and Health. I would like to thank Anthony very much for his dedication and efforts during his time on the secretariat.
This second issue of the RDA Business newsletter focuses primarily on the latest activities within each of the RDA Organisational Bodies, namely the Council and its Task Forces,TAB, the Organisational Assembly and the Organisation Advisory Board, the RDA Secretariat and the Secretary General. Much of the activity carried out in the last month relate to the planning and organisation of the RDA 14th Plenary in Helsinki, Finland.
RDA is pleased to announce the candidates nominated for the 2019 Technical Advisory Board (TAB) election. For members not familiar with TAB, this RDA governance group provides technical expertise and advice to RDA Council, and assists in the development, review and promotion of RDA Working & Interest Groups.
If you plan on attending Plenary 14 in Helsinki, Finland, and haven’t yet registered, be sure to register by midnight (EST) to secure the early bird rate of €459. After this date, the rate increases to €533, up through 20 October. Onsite registration will be available, but at an even higher rate of €620. Registration is available at https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-14th-plenary-registration.