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An unconference is an unstructured event scheduled on the fly depending on the needs and interests of people on the day. The idea is to allow the attendees greater flexibility to shape the programme so they get something useful from the event. You can run group discussions, work together on creating common resources, provide tutorials and share the issues you are facing in a safe space to get advice and support from peers.

The unconference will be run on Tuesday 20th April from 3-5pm 

In January 2021, the RDA Council Nominations Committee issued a call for nominations for three open Council positions. In response to this call, several RDA members were nominated for consideration by the RDA community. The Nominations Committee reviewed these submissions and are pleased to announce the slate of candidates to the RDA community.

RDA's March Newsletter is now available.  Articles include:

  • Virtual Plenary 17 Updates including programme details, social event information and Plenary Pathway announcement
  • Newcomers Sessions reminders
  • Tribute to Dr. Peter Fox
  • Group Updates (including a new Group Policy and a reminder about Community Review opportunity)
  • Organisational and TAB Member Spotlights
  • WDS Transition News
  • Update from the RDA Financial Sustainability Task force
  • Update from the Data Together Initiative and TRUST Principles
  • RDA COVID-19 Zotero Library update
  • IDW Updates
  • Upcoming events

The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene a two-day virtual public workshop to discuss the challenges and opportunities for researchers, institutions, and funders to establish effective data management and sharing practices. The objective of the workshop is to examine strategies, resources, and promising practices for developing and evaluating data management and sharing plans, as well as to discuss how researchers can effectively share scientific data over the course of the data life cycle.

With heavy hearts, we relay the shocking, sad news shared by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Sunday: Dr. Peter Fox died on March 27, 2021. 

The Earth and space science informatics community lost a titan. We want to express our condolences to his partner, Erica Veil, his family, and his colleagues at RPI Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) including his current and past research group members and all of his collaborators. 

The Data Together (four major international dat)a organisations outline how the RDA Global Open Research Commons (GORC) and Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC) fit together within the framework of the Data Together Collaboration.

During the week of 7 - 15 April 2021, FAIRsFAIR will offer project insiders and external stakeholders alike the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in all things related to FAIR Data management in the EOSC framework.  FAIRsFAIR is one of the Horizon 2020 projects for the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

The CODATA/RDA Data Schools for Research Data Science co-chairs present a "meet & greet" event for alumni to chat with RDA WG / IG chairs and learn more about the groups’ sessions planned for upcoming Virtual Plenary 17. This informal event will allow alumni the opportunity to chat with various chairs and other alumni using a simple, user-friendly social interaction application (https://www.wonder.me/).

Dear RDA members, 

The programme for RDA Virtual Plenary 17 (VP17) is now available. We look forward to seeing you all virtually for over 100 sessions, including many repeat sessions on 22 and 23 April, in an effort to accommodate a wider range of time zones.