Thank you, Helsinki!
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.
Vote in RDA's TAB Election - Voting Closes 6 November
The RDA TAB Election voting opened on 23 October 2019 at 6:30 UTC, and will close on 6 November 2019 at 23:59 UTC. Five newly elected TAB members will be announced shortly after 6 November 2019. Balancing criteria will be applied to make sure TAB continues to represent a variety of regions and disciplines. To place your vote and learn more about the TAB election process, visit https://www.rd-alliance.org/tab-member-election-2019.
Plenary 15 Call for Sessions Now Open
Taking place from 18-20 March 2020, the 15th RDA Plenary will take place in Melbourne, Australia, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, MCEC (https://mcec.com.au/). The event will be hosted by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) with the support of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). At this time, the Call for Sessions is now open through 28 November 2019 at midnight UTC. Submissions are accepted from group chairs only. For joint meetings, chairs from all participating groups must be notified prior to submission.
Notifications of Session Acceptance will be sent out by 20 December 2019.
Congratulations to the Plenary 14 Poster Session Competition Winners
The following RDA Poster Submission contest winners were announced at the Conference dinner at Tapahtumatalo Bank Restaurant:
- David Romain
Identifying, Naming and Interoperating Data in a Phenotyping Platform Network: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- David Romain; Laurence Mabile; Mohamed Yahia; Mogens Thomsen; Anne Cambon-Thomsen; and the Research Data Alliance - Sharing Reward & Credit (SHARC) Interest Group
Evaluation Tool of FAIR Criteria Literacy and Compliance to Foster Research Data Sharing
- Sophie Aubin
D2KAB Project Taking Off: Data to Knowledge in Agronomy and Biodiversity
Thank you to everyone who voted, for the planning support from the Early Career and Engagement Interest Group, and for the unique donation prizes from the P14 and P15 Organising Committees (see image).
Plenary 14 Presentations and Photos Now Available
Visit the Plenary 14 Programme page to access the presentation slides from the plenary sessions, the breakout session presentation and to view notes (if posted by the group chairs). The photo gallery has also been added to the main plenary page and accessible from the side navigation. Video recordings will soon be accessible from the same page.
The P14 Unconference was deemed an overall success by its leaders and participants and proved to be a worthwhile initiative to pursue. Participants were asked to provide “in-one-word” feedback, which resulted in descriptors such as “engaging”, “unconventional” and “productive”. Many topics were suggested for future sessions and we will reach out to those members who provided valuable suggestions and input, in the hopes that they may consider a lead role in upcoming meetings.
Locations Announced for Plenary 16 and Plenary 17
During Plenary 14 in Helsinki, it was announced that Plenary 16 will take place in November 2020 in Costa Rica, and Plenary 17 will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland in April 2021. More details on venues, dates, etc. will be provided in the coming weeks.