September Newsletter: Plenary Highlights, Group Updates, TAB Election and more

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26 Sep 2019

September Newsletter: Plenary Highlights, Group Updates, TAB Election and more

RDA's 14th Plenary: Highlights and Reminders

  • The Plenary Pathways are the result of a joint effort between the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and the Organisational Assembly to provide attendees a guide through the rich diversity of topics that the plenary presents within the breakout sessions. As such, they are meant to enhance the plenary experience rather than constrain, to highlight convergences, and to propose divergences you may not have considered. Read more.
  • Unconference, Newcomers and Adoption Sessions – We are planning on taking these events to the next level for Plenary 14, by bringing interactivity and collaboration to the agenda. Be sure to add these sessions to your P14 calendar.
    • View Unconference Agenda
    • Adoption Session - See below article for details.
    • Newcomers Session - Details coming soon.
  • Poster Competition - Be prepared to cast your vote for your top five favorite posters during the P14 Poster Session. An online voting form will be shared with all attendees at the start of the meeting.
  • Accommodations - Be sure to book your overnight accommodations soon. A peak in demand may cause prices to increase significantly in the coming weeks.  Read more.
  • Registration - The current registration rate is €533. On-site registration will be available but at a higher rate of  €620.  Register here.

Look for more information on social media and in your emails regarding the meeting.

Let’s Talk about RDA Data Solutions for Research Domains: Join the Adoption and Outputs Session at P14 

Join the Adoption and Outputs session at the 14th RDA Plenary on 25 October 2019 starting at 14:00.  This session aims to give visibility to disciplinary approaches supported by RDA while providing a great way to network and speak to the discipline drivers: discipline-focused Working and Interest Groups, adopters and promoters of the RDA Recommendations and Outputs, and domain-specific Ambassadors.

The RDA community is the proud producer of solutions to research data sharing challenges. Whether your challenge is social or technical, you can freely use the Recommendations and Outputs produced. To date, the RDA community has developed 32 outputs for which over 100 cases of adoption have been documented.  The Plenary 14 Adoption and Outputs session will present this rich palette of solutions in a domain clustered overview and interactive setting.

What to expect?
Six research domain inspired networking areas will be set up in the main Plenary meeting room where Working and Interest Group co-chairs, adopters, and domain ambassadors will tell you all about how RDA Recommendations and Outputs advance data access and re-use sharing in their related research domains. All participants are encouraged to visit the different areas, talk to the groups, learn about what they are doing, and share their own experiences and challenges.

Which areas are we talking about?

  • Agriculture
  • Climate
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Sustainable Development Goals

Get involved
We are also calling all RDA members with an interest in these specific areas to visit the networking areas, and actively participate in the session. Please email if you want to highlight your outputs, recommendations, or adoption use-cases and inspire further uptake in your research domain.

2019 Technical Advisory Board Election: Meet the Candidates!

RDA is pleased to announce the candidates nominated for the 2019 TAB election. For this election, five members will be added to TAB. Online voting will open on 23 October 2019 at Plenary 14 in Helsinki, Finland, and will remain open for two weeks through 6 November 2019. View the list of our 2019 candidates.

Adoption Stories: Core Trust Seal

The Core Trust Seal Data Repositories’ requirements catalogue and procedures reflects the core characteristics of trustworthy data repositories, and is the culmination of a cooperative effort between the Data Seal of Approval and the World Data System of the International Science Council under the umbrella of the RDA to harmonize their data repository certifications. The RDA Secretariat has collected a global set of 5 adoption stories to inspire its further uptake by sharing a wide variety of challenges faced, implementation processes and lessons learned.

  1. Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) – Netherlands
  2. Strasbourg astronomical Data Centre CDS (Centre de Données astronomique de Strasbourg) – France
  3. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIRO) Data Access Portal (DAP) – Australia
  4. Australian Data Archive (ADA) – Australia
  5. Chinese Astronomical Data Centre– China





Group updates: 

Social Dynamics of Data Interoperability Interest Group Charter

This interest group (IG) intends to focus on the social dynamics, (ie: the interplay between organisations, institutions, economics, and individuals) relating to interoperable information infrastructure by accomplishing the following:

  • Identifying organisational, institutional, economic, and individual aspects that increase the friction to achieving information interoperability.
  • Developing a corpus of knowledge, including models, frameworks and patterns that can be applied by practitioners to develop the desired social dynamics that foster information interoperability.
  • Identifying and developing case studies of solutions that demonstrate the application of the corpus of knowledge on this topic.

Take some time to review the charter and provide your comments on the group’s objectives and approach. 

Coordinating the Global Open Science Commons Interest Group Charter

This Charter describes the proposed activity of the Coordinating the Global Open Science Commons IG. This IG is closely aligned to the core mission of RDA as it is inherently engaged in building the social and technical bridges that enable data sharing. It will own the overall remit of coordinating the delivery of a Global Open Science Commons and monitor progress made within related RDA Working Groups and other initiatives to achieve this goal. Indeed, the scope is so large that the Interest Group is expected to run for several years and coordinate across many Working Groups, primarily those that are convened within this RDA IG forum but also aligning with existing WG/IG of relevance. Review the group's charter and provide your comments.


Our Members: 

Member Spotlight - Jens Klump

Jens is the Geoscience Analytics Team Leader in the Mineral Resources unit of CSIRO. Before moving to Australia and joining CSIRO, he spent 13 years at the German Research Centre for Geosciences building research data infrastructures. Through these activities, he became involved with precursors of RDA, like CODATA. Jens was introduced to RDA in 2013 and watched the organisation develop through the years. He has been able to identify areas to which he can contribute and in turn receive input on his own work. Read more.



Organisational Member Spotlight - Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet)

AARNet Pioneering the Internet in Australia since 1989 AARNet is a not-for-profit company that provides ultra high-speed Internet and Communications services only to Australia's research and education sector. Our customers are universities, research institutes, cultural organisations, schools and vocational training providers.

RDA in a Nutshell – September Statistics

Did you know RDA publishes a summary of community statistics each month? This summary provides a small glimpse into the growth of RDA. Highlights as of September 2019 are as follows:

  • 9,064 individual members from 137 countries
  • 102 groups working on global data interoperability challenges
  • 49 organisational members and 8 affiliate members
  • 32 flagship outputs
  • 75 adoption cases

Read more.


Discipline Focus: 

RDA and the Humanities

View the RDA and the Humanities report written by René van Horik, from the Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) and RDA Europe 4.0 ambassador for the humanities. This report provides an overview of the Research Data Alliance, the landscape and particularities of the Humanities and the opportunities RDA provides for the discipline, in terms of the Working and Interest groups and the Recommendations and Outputs relevant for the Humanities researchers, practitioners and service providers. Read more.


  • How to Build a Community of Data Champions: Six Steps to Success
    By Connie Clare
    Inspired by the University of Cambridge Data Champion programme, we have built a community of Data Champions to advocate for good research data management (RDM) practice within all university faculties at TU Delft. Currently, we have 47 active members and the number is increasing. Here, we present a ‘toolkit’ to help you build a community of Data Champions within your academic institution.
    Read blog.
  • Empowering Humanities Scholars to Better Explore our Cultural Past
    By Derek Greene
    Blog post by Dr. Derek Greene, UCD School of Computer Science includes insights from the RDA Ireland "Meet the Expert" public lecture.
    Read blog
  • Adoption Grant Introductions From Portal to PIDs: Creating Persistent Identifiers For MERIL-2 RI Entries
    By Ryan O'Connor
    In December 2018, RDA Europe issued an open call for projects adopting outputs from the RDA’s various Working and Interest Groups. Following recommendations from external evaluators, eight funding grants were awarded in April 2019. This blog series will introduce the eight Adoption Grant cases, giving an overview of their project remits and demonstrating the practical approaches organisations can take when looking to implement the RDA’s Recommendations & Outputs.  
    Read blog.


Updates From: 

CODATA Data Science Journal Special Collection on Research Data Alliance Results: Submit your Paper Today

The Data Science Journal special collection aims to gather and promote research results and outcomes stemming from the Research Data Alliance activities. In particular, it collects high quality papers describing the latest results of RDA working groups (WGs) or interest groups (IGs) focusing particularly on use cases that highlight the added value of the RDA solutions for different challenges related to research data sharing and management.  Read more and/or Submit a Paper.


Plenary Updates: 

RDA 15th Plenary Meeting - Australia

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is confirming the 15th Plenary Meeting will take place from 18 - 20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, MCEC ( The event host is CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) with the support of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). Australia is one of the founding regions of RDA in 2012, and is a proven supporter and driver of RDA. The RDA Plenary meeting will be organised in conjunction with the Annual C3DIS (Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science), taking place in Melbourne on 16 - 18 March 2020. C3DIS aims to build a national community of scientists, researchers, and computing, data and information management specialists. Please take note of the upcoming timeline:

  • Friday, 25 October 2019 - Call for Sessions Opens
  • Thursday, 28 November 2019 - Call for Sessions Closes
  • Friday, 20 December 2019 -  Notification of Acceptances
  • Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - Programme Published

Mark the dates in your diary and check for updates.

Recommendations & Outputs: 

Latest Output: 39 Hints to Facilitate the Use of Semantics for Data on Agriculture and Nutrition

This document presents the recommendations of the RDA Agrisemantics (WG) to promote the use of semantics for agricultural data for the purpose of enhancing data interoperability in agriculture. These recommendations are high-level, to encourage researchers and practitioners to extend them according to their area of expertise. Read more.