Research Data Alliance (RDA) roundtable during the Science Summit at the United Nations General Assembly, 15 September 2023 at 09:00 EDT

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Research Data Alliance (RDA) roundtable during the Science Summit at the United Nations General Assembly, 15 September 2023 at 09:00 EDT
04 Sep 2023

Research Data Alliance (RDA) roundtable during the Science Summit at the United Nations General Assembly, 15 September 2023 at 09:00 EDT

Local challenges, Global solutions: achieving Open Science goals through international collaboration and cooperation.

Session Overview:

Many countries and nations across the globe are closely engaged with the Research Data Alliance (RDA), leveraging on the open solutions and global forum to effectively implement and support their national open science and open data strategies and policies. However, there is a large discrepancy in the geographical representation between the Northern and Southern hemisphere. Many nations in the South are not taking advantage of RDA and the benefits for the researchers and data professionals on the ground. Through this session, different stakeholders will outline the importance of international cooperation to achieve local goals, demonstrate the value and importance of globally agreed and recognised research data management and open science practices and solutions in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and illustrate why and how research data good practices and standards can support national open science and open data strategies across the globe and assist in achieving the SDGs, with a particular focus on the Global South.

Science Summit at UNGA78, 12-29  September 2023

With more than 13,500 members from 150 countries RDA provides a neutral space where its members can come together through focused global Working and Interest Groups and Communities of Practice to develop and adopt infrastructure that promotes data-sharing and data-driven research, and accelerate the growth of a cohesive data community that integrates contributors across domain, research, national, geographical and generational boundaries” ( The RDA community members come from a variety of academic disciplines, technological expert areas, research and data infrastructures, universities, libraries, funders, etc. and all pursue the goal to make data accessible around the globe. Since its establishment in 2013 the RDA has facilitated collaboration across domains and nations to the benefit of open science. Thus RDA offers a unique platform for making a substantial contribution to the SDGs as it is represented by individuals and organisations who through their activities and expertise possess valuable knowledge which can guide evidence-based policy implementations.



Agenda: (all times are in EDT (UTC-4))

09:00 – 09:15: Welcome and Introduction to session / tour de table. Hilary Hanahoe, Secretary General Research Data Alliance

09:15 – 09:30: International cooperation in science as a tool for development and bridging the digital divide. Josh Greenberg, Program Director, Technology and New York City programs, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

09:30 – 09:45: Public private partnerships in support of Open Science and UN Sustainable Development Goals, Alison Derbenwick Miller, Vice President, Oracle for Research

09:45 – 10:00 Open science in Latin America, challenges and solutions from international collaborations, Federico Cetrangolo, Administrative Manager, La Referencia

10:00 – 10:15 Community cross-fertilisation within the RDA: Brainstorming international challenges, solutions and initiatives Connie Clare, Research Data Alliance Community Development Manager

10:15 – 10:30 Questions and Answers

10:30 – 11:00 Networking break

11:00 – 12:00 Discussion moderated by Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General with presenters, on how to advance national-level open science strategies and policies leveraging on existing resources and initiatives.

12:00 – Roundtable ends

Venue details:

Location & Address: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 630 Fifth Ave Suite 2200, New York, NY 10111 (you must send an email to to attend in person so you can access the building)

Date & Time: Friday 15 September 2023 – 09:00 – 12:00 EDT

Format & Capacity: In-person & Hybrid



Participation is free of charge but subject to registration via the Science Summit at UNGA78 website. Once you have registered in Sched / UNGA78 system, visit the Programme and select In-person attendance or here for Virtual attendance


About The Research Data Alliance:

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) was launched as a community-driven initiative in 2013 by the European Commission, the United States Government's National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation with the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing and re-use of data. In the ten years since its launch many other public and private funders support the non-profit Alliance. The RDA vision is that researchers and innovators openly share and re-use data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society and the mission to achieve this vision is to build the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing and re-use of data. Over 150 open and implementable solutions have been produced by the global RDA community and RDA currently has over 100 active groups working on all data lifecycle stages, focusing on both discipline specific and dmain agnostic solutions to ensure that research data concretely and effectively supports open science and research data management on a global level.