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In October, the RDA Community was first asked if any members wished to nominate a member and/or candidate themselves to serve on the Technical Advisory Board (https://rd-alliance.org/about-rda/our-leadership/rda-technical-advisory-board.html)  (TAB) from 2020 to 2023. This is an annual process within RDA, with the goal of electing new members to replace existing ones whose terms have expired.  The RDA Secretariat received eight nominations, seconded by RDA community members.

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is currently finalising its fourth strategic plan, providing direction and vision for the organisation, its stakeholders and community until 2023. We invite all to provide feedback suggestions and comments on the Strategic Plan by Sunday December 6, 2020 at 23:59 UTC.

On the 18th of November, the Dutch Data Prize will be awarded to a researcher or research group who makes extra contributions to science by making research data available for (additional) research. In order to win this prize, researchers can nominate themselves or another researcher or research group.

Next week, a series of virtual sessions will be hosted by our Australian colleagues each day to build on the discussions and outcomes of last week's RDA's Virtual Plenary 16.  Sessions are scheduled to accommodate time zones in Oceania and large parts of Asia, and will focus on the following topics:

This November 2020, RDA holds its annual TAB elections. After RDA’s 16th Virtual Plenary hosted by Costa Rica, 5 seats will be vacant on RDA’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB). There are 15 TAB members, and the following 5 are rotating off in November 2020 as their terms expire:

  • Francoise Genova
  • Sarah Ramdeen
  • Rainer Stotzka
  • Andrew Treloar
  • Jane Wyngaard

Delivering Research Data Management services workshop – registration is now open!

This collaborative RDM workshop will address both open source software and proprietary tools, exploring the different service delivery models that exist for each. These include self-hosting, outsourcing maintenance to commercial providers, and national or consortial partnerships.

RDA is pleased to announce the candidates nominated for the 2020 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.

Scholarly primitives, such as representing, discovering, sampling and referring are typically well supported by data repositories. However, these do not provide evidence that the data or features provided by the repository are managed and operated in a trustworthy and reliable manner. Assessment against an agreed standard is a way to evaluate the reliability and sustainability of data repositories.

The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) is an essential and crucial governance board within the Research Data Alliance (RDA), providing the organization with invaluable technical oversight, vision, guidance and advice. A volunteer position, TAB membership is a rewarding experience, offering an opportunity to engage with colleagues worldwide and understand the activities and visions in the field of FAIR data, open research and open science.

RDA's 17th Plenary Meeting will take place on 20-22 April 2021. The Plenary is currently scheduled as a hybrid event, with a physical component at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and enhanced virtual participation. 

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