RDA October Newsletter - Thank you Helsinki, TAB Election Closes 6 Nov, P15 Call for Sessions, and more!

You are here

30 Oct 2019

RDA October Newsletter - Thank you Helsinki, TAB Election Closes 6 Nov, P15 Call for Sessions, and more!

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.


Unconference Update

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.



IFFIS 2019 Conference - Infrastructure For Research Information
November 19, 2019
Stockholm, Sweden


12th International SWAT4HCLS Conference 
December 9-12, 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland

Third Polar Data Forum
November 18th to 22nd, 2019
Helsinki, Finland


Our Members: 

Meet the RDA Europe Early Career Grantees

RDA Europe has selected a new group of Early Career grantees for its support programme, offering grant winners the opportunity to engage directly with and support the work of RDA Working and Interest Groups, to learn and contribute, and become a part of the RDA global data sharing community. Learn more.



RDA in a Nutshell – October Statistics

Highlights pertaining to RDA's member community as of October 2019 are as follows:

  • 9,163 individual members from 137 countries
  • 49 organisational members and 9 affiliate members
  • 32 flagship outputs
  • 75 adoption cases Read more.
  • Applying FAIR Principles to Historical Data
    by Dimitra Mavraki
    The idea came up while participating in the Working Group: FAIR Data Maturity Model, that took place the first day of the 14th RDA Plenary in Helsinki. Read more.
  • Early Career Experience 
    by Sarah Stryeck

    Data makes the difference - This was the topic of the RDA 14th plenary meeting in Helsinki. As an early career grantee, it was my first participation in an RDA event, as well as my first journey to the beautiful country of Finland. Read more.
  • Services To Support FAIR Data: From Recommendations To Actions
    by Daniel Bangert
    Earlier this year, two workshops were held to formulate recommendations on how services and infrastructures can better support the implementation of the FAIR data principles. The input and conclusions from both workshops were analysed to form the basis for a draft report 'Services to support FAIR data: Draft report and recommendations'. This blog post was originally published on the OpenAIRE blog on 30th September 2019 available here.


Updates From: 

IASSIST 2020 Call for Proposals

The 46th annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden from May 19 to 22, 2020. Go to https://iassist2020.org/ for more information. Submissions that highlight the various ways the IASSIST community is approaching “data by design” and tackling the challenges of building and sustaining data communities, practices and tools are encouraged. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 2019.

Job Postings

Research Engineer/Developer: Web architect – Semantic Web technologies – Ontology-based service

The French ANR D2KAB project (Data to Knowledge in Agronomy and Biodiversity – www.d2kab.org/) has posted the position of Research Engineer/Developer in the semantic web domain at LIRMM in Montpellier, France, available immediately.

The D2KAB project develops and supports AgroPortal (http://agroportal.lirmm.fr), a vocabulary and ontology repository for agronomy, food and plant sciences offering ontology-based services.