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RDA UK is one of nine national nodes, recently established by the RDA Europe 4.0 project. The UK Node will be running a half-day workshop on RDA and the Plans for the UK node on Feriday 18 January 2019.

RDA Europe (https://rd-alliance.org/rda-europe) has launched a series of cascading grants designed to support research data experts and young researchers working with data. Two of the grants schemas, the Early Career and the Expert grant programmes, are being run in connection to the main RDA working meetings with the aim of providing the grantees with the opportunity to leverage the Plenaries and engage closer with the RDA global data sharing community.

The RDA Foundation is seeking a responsible Executive Assistant (EA) to support the daily operations of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and its Secretary General. The EA will be required to communicate (written and verbal) in the English language on a daily basis and perform a series of tasks in a well-organised and timely way. The EA will be expected to act proactively, independently and without guidance while understanding the needs and characteristics of the people with whom he/she will work with.

We are delighted to announce an agreement between Wellcome and the Research Data Alliance Foundation. Wellcome will make a financial contribution to the Foundation in 2018 and 2019 as a sign of their support and commitment to the aims and goals of the Research Data Alliance and their broader dedication to open research.

RDA Europe is pleased to announce the results of the first call for new RDA Europe national nodes. We were delighted to receive ten applications, four of which were very strong and have been selected to support the mission and work of the Research Data Alliance in Europe.

RDA Europe 4.0, as the European plug-in to RDA, currently has 3 open calls to support growing the community of research data experts and practitioners.  RDA Europe offers grants for Early Careers, Experts to attend Plenary 13 in Philadelphia and for organisations to develop a use-case for adoption of RDA outputs.

The National Library of Ireland organises a series of  8 “Meet the Experts” talks inviting national and international speakers to present topics of relevance and interest to different stakeholders and audiences. The first one will be a public lecture: “RDA Ireland “Meet the Experts” by Hilary Hanahoe - Research Data Alliance Secretary General.

If you or your colleagues are interested in organizing a specific event in the near future, you may want to consider collocating it in conjunction with RDA during its (P13) in April 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  A small number of rooms are available for use at the event venue, Loews Philadelphia, as well as at Drexel University, and we are pleased to make this space available to interested parties for this purpose.

During the 12th Plenary meeting, RDA presented its regional engagement strategy to the community and interested parties. On Wednesday 5 December 2018, members of the RDA Regional Engagement Task Force, hold two webinars to outline the RDA regional engagement framework and allow interested parties an opportunity to learn more, interact with the presenters and ask questions on the regional strategy recently presented by RDA. Slides and recordings are now available.

FAIR data, FAIRness, FAIR compliance: did you also stumble upon the capitalized version of “fair” often in the past couple of months? Did you sometimes wonder what this acronym means exactly in relation to your own work or for the research community in general? Or do you know about the FAIR principles in detail and would like to get to know more about some of the most recent discussions on that topic? Then the webinar 'FAIR data in practice: From FAIRy tale to FAIR enough' organized by DANS is interesting for you.