RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals

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27 Jun 2019

RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals

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Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CuYIRqlrVUi2bw-9-pLqZqgAst0NqeA0xEUiatXM20I/edit?usp=sharing

 

Meeting Agenda:

--Report of ongoing SDG-related work and WG/IG mapping activity (20 minutes)

--Review of Organizational partnerships and strategies for strengthening ties (20 minutes)

--Review and revise Working Group case statement draft and membership roles (40 minutes)

--Next steps (10 minutes)

 

The aim of the meeting agenda is three-fold: 

1) Define activities ongoing within the RDA that could align with the SDGs

2) Select representatives active in this work familiar with strategies for forming organizational partnerships with the RDA

3) Assess key needs/gaps for the UN addressable by these RDA activities and form a case-statement for a working or interest group.

 

Meeting objectives: 

In reflecting on the sessions and feedback throughout the p13, some of the major takeaways and potential next steps on SDG work are as follows:

--Create adoption/output portfolio for the development sector audience

Such a portfolio could be a brief summary of RDA-alignment with the SDG work and some educational materials, such as a webinar, describing how RDA outputs could be applicable to social and technical issues surrounding work in the SDGs. We'd also thought featuring testimonials of people working in the SDGs who recognize the RDA's benefit or have used RDA outputs in past within their work would be beneficial. We're in contact with members of the RDA summers schools and education for librarians IG who are well-experienced in crafting similar portfolios for targeted audiences, but any guidance you could offer in how such a portfolio could be impactful would be more than welcome.

--Assess existing RDA groups and partnerships aligned with the development sector

Given the diverse avenues for developing a working group or interest group and some slight disagreement that arose during the session wherein we hoped to define the objectives of this potential IG/WG, we felt it might be helpful to review ongoing activities within the RDA community. We will assess their alignment with the SDGs and select representatives from these activities who might be amenable to discussing the objectives of a potential WG/IG surrounding the SDGs and strategies for forming a partnership with the UN. These representatives may also have previous experience with forming organizational partnerships or may themselves represent a RDA organizational partner. 

The aim being three-fold: 

1) Define activities ongoing within the RDA that could align with the SDGs

2) Select representatives active in this work familiar with strategies for forming organizational partnerships with the RDA

3) Assess key needs/gaps for the UN addressable by these RDA activities and form a case-statement for a working or interest group.

Many of the topics covered in the IN2N publication could be of interest to the UN and represent the sorts of contributions the RDA-community could offer. Ensuring the final publication reaches the attention of the UN could be a worthwhile strategy.

Target Audience: 

Any members of the RDA community who are interested in discussing: the recently released “interoperability: a practitioner's guide to joining up data in the development sector” (October 2018), or other ways in which the SDGs data needs align directly with RDA’s ongoing and upcoming outputs, recommendations, interest group, and working group activities. Anyone RDA members who (as a part of IGs, WGs, or other activities) are currently seeking engagement with the SDGs.
 

Short Group Status: 

This joint session is a continuation and expansion from a previous BOF during RDA P12 and a joint session at RDA P13 which have opened discussion of main themes, gaps, and coordination needs related to SDGs data. These have been well-attended sessions that have started dialogue to frame the cross-sector and cross-disciplinary data needs for the SDGs, which will benefit from the continuation of this joint IG session. These included groups have been reflecting on all the conversation regarding SDGs - including the previous joint session and the panel, and believe there are some major takeaways and potential next steps to share back with the RDA community on SDG work during RDA P14.

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s): 

in previous Plenaries the Data for Development IG has focused on the need of data to solve major issues of concern to in particular developing countries such as poverty, inequality, education, gender which are all also SDG targets. The sUAS group has focused on data challenges related to new and emerging technologies, many outcomes of which are relevant for data colleciton for the SDGs. Discussions within The Health Data IG have been highly productive surrounding health and clinical informatics and use of large electronic health record data, as well as related topics of patient and data privacy. Work underway within the RDA secretariat has focused on how RDA outputs and recommendations can be disseminated and packaged to support efforts of other organizations or community development initiatives. Such efforts include increasing organizational collaboration and integration of RDA outputs within education curricula, directly aligning with the mission of the UN interoperability collaborative. The RDA summers schools and education for librarians IG is well-experienced in crafting portfolios for targeted audiences, and will share as a part of this joint session.

Further descriptions of activities and scope of the groups involved (independently and jointly) are available via the following links:

RDA Data for Development Interest Group:

https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/data-development.html

RDA Health Data Interest Group:

https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/health-data.html

RDA Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Data Interest Group:

https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/small-unmanned-aircraft-systems%E2%80…

RDA P11 session - Ethics in FAIR Data: Ethical and practical issues of data sharing and usage within and across disciplines

https://rd-alliance.org/rda-11th-plenary-joint-meeting-ig-data-developme…

RDA Plenary 13th - Data for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Challenges and Responsibilities. (2019). YouTube. Retrieved 6 June 2019, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaAQhjsMPdc&feature=youtu.be

Joint Session IG Data for Development, IG Health Data, IG Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data - RDA 13th Plenary Meeting. (2019). RDA. Retrieved 6 June 2019, from https://www.rd-alliance.org/joint-session-ig-data-development-ig-health-data-ig-small-unmanned-aircraft-systems%E2%80%99-data-rda-13th

RDA Output Adoption Webinar Series: Outputs to Support Reproducible Health Research. (2019). RDA. Retrieved 6 June 2019, from https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-output-adoption-webinar-series-outputs-support-reproducible-health-research-0

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Remote participation availability: 
Yes