RDA November Newsletter: Events, Group Updates, Member Spotlight and more

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01 Nov 2017

RDA November Newsletter: Events, Group Updates, Member Spotlight and more

  US National Library of Medicine Hosting Workshop titled “Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem"

Co-sponsored by RDA/US, CENDI, NFAIS and the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, this special one-day workshop for scientists and data and information professionals is focused on characterizing and managing digital representations of research objects (DRO) including publications, data sets, software, audio, video, and specimens in a dynamic digital science ecosystem. 

Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Location: National Library of Medicine, Bethesda MD

  New Interest Group Wants your Comments!

The CODATA/RDA Research Data Science Schools for Low and Middle Income Countries is looking for the RDA Community’s comments on its Charter Statement.  According to the group page, the goals of this group are to continue the information sharing, targeted outreach and community collaboration with RDA members about the CODATA-RDA Schools for Research Data Science.

  Data Fabric Interest Group Posts New RDA Recommendations – Comments Welcome!

The Data Fabric Interest Group is seeking your comments on their recently posted “Recommendations for Implementing a Virtual Layer for Management of the Complete Life Cycle of Scientific Data, “ which include a summary of current agreed-upon principles, a more detailed analysis of the requirements implied by those principles, and the current state of work on those requirements, as reflected in the work of RDA.

   Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017 Edition - Programme now Online!

The full programme of the 2017 edition of the Digital Infrastructures for Research Conference is now available online at https://goo.gl/TRSTM4

Under the theme of “Connecting the building blocks for Open Science”,  the conference programme builds around 2 plenaries and 12 breakout sessions addressing 6 key topics: Interoperability, Data Science and Skills, Impact evaluation and metrics, Security, trust and identity, EOSC and EDI building blocks and Business models, sustainability and policies.

Complemented with  35 presentations and 8 lightning talks, the conference's programme will offer a unique opportunity to network and build collaborations via its demo and poster sessions held throughout the conference duration showcasing innovative solutions, services,  initiatives  and success stories that support  open science and its building blocks.

Early Bird Registration is extended to the 3rd of November 2017 at www.digitalinfrastructures.eu.

  RDA and Librarianship, Archival Science and Information Science

At RDA, many of our members are archivists, records professionals and librarians.  Through their efforts in numerous RDA working and interest groups, these professionals are collaborating with the global RDA community to improve the accessibility of both digital and analogue research material.  These groups are listed below. 

  • Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data Interest Group
  • Libraries for Research Data Interest Group
  • Data Rescue Interest Group
  • Research Data Provenance Interest Group
  • Research Data Collections Working Group
  • Empirical Humanities Metadata Working Group
  • RDA/CODATA Legal Interoperability IG

To learn more about these groups and about the field's other connections with RDA, visit the RDA and Librarianship, Archival Science and Information Science webpage.

  IASSIST & CARTO 2018 Call for Proposals

The 44th annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) will be jointly held with the 52nd annual conference of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA-ACACC) in Montréal, Québec, Canada from May 28-June 1, 2018.

With the theme “Once Upon a Data Point: Sustaining our Data Storytellers,”  these organizations are welcoming  submissions that tell diverse stories about the IASSIST and ACMLA-ACACC communities’ experiences, offer suggestions of how they can implement or adapt lessons for their own work, and have wide-reaching appeal to attendees.  The deadline for submission is 20 November 2017.  Learn more 

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  Member Spotlight – Dr. Sarah Ramdeen

For the month of November, we are featuring Dr. Sarah Ramdeen in our Member Spotlight section.  As you may recall, just last month RDA announced her election along with four other members to RDA’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Dr. Sarah Ramdeen is a Research Associate for the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  She earned her doctorate in the field of Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH),and has been heavily involved with RDA for several years as an RDA-US Early Career Fellow and as co-chair of the Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data Interest Group.  Prior to entering the PhD program at UNC-CH, Dr. Ramdeen worked for the Florida Geological Survey in their core and cuttings repository processing samples for archival storage and later assisting with the development of a repository database. With her experience, education and membership in other related organizations, we look forward to her further involvement with RDA and the expertise she brings to her role on TAB.

  Plenary Review by Dr. Jonathan Mayes, EU Early Career Research Fellow

I am a doctor working for the NHS and an Honorary Clinical Fellow with the University of Edinburgh with research interests in intensive care and anaesthesia. Medical research is transitioning from being led by lab-based work to data science. I hope engaging with the RDA will lead me to be ahead of the curve, and become a future clinical-academic leader. Read more.

  Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub Announces CRUX: The Collaborative Resource and Understanding Exchange Program

The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub (NEBDIH) has recently announced the CRUX program: a Collaborative Resource and Understanding Exchange. Starting in spring of 2018, CRUX will launch the development of NEBDIH’s forthcoming Big Data Map and Assets Platform, with an ultimate aim of connecting the dots to create data-driven solutions to real-world problems.

CRUX represents a community-driven approach to accelerating data-driven innovation. In this first phase, NEBDIH will recruit a cohort of six doctoral candidates from across the Northeastern United States, who will serve as ambassadors engaging leaders in their fields of study, assessing their data science needs and collecting use cases and data sets for the platform. The goal is to provide real-world applications and data sets to data scientists, while providing subject matter experts from academia, corporate and government sectors access to Big Data expertise.

Learn more about the program and how to participate