September Newsletter - Special Plenary Issue

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29 Aug 2017

September Newsletter - Special Plenary Issue

RDA Outputs at P10

For P10, 6 Working Groups are scheduled to present the final recommendations or status updates of their projects. These presentations will provide highlights of the projects, detail the impact of their work and identify adopters who will be incorporating these outputs into their organizations. The groups presenting include:

These presentations will be delivered on Day 2 of the plenary (Wednesday) from 9:00-10:30am.

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to communicate with several of these groups and others during the Recommendations/Adoption demonstrations that are scheduled to occur during the coffee and lunch breaks of the meeting. For those groups with outputs, there are four stations still available during the scheduled demonstration time slots and will be assigned on a first come-first served basis.  If you are interested in participating in the demonstrations, please contact


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Discipline Focus - Environment, Humanities, Data Management, Publishing, Policy and more!!!

In only a couple more weeks, members will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions pertaining to multiple disciplines, all with a common goal of overcoming data sharing obstacles.  From sessions on weather to agriculture to earth sciences, as well as sessions covering semantics, repositories and health data, not to exclude numerous sessions on data ownership, usage and management,  P10 is sure to deliver another week filled with information and collaboration.  For more detailed information on the breakout sessons, visit

RDA Announces Yoshua Bengio as P10 Keynote Speaker

RDA is pleased to announce Yoshua Bengio, a highly recognized Canadian computer scientist known for his work on artificial neural networks and deep learning, will deliver the keynote address during RDA’s 10th Plenary later this month. He is the world-leader expert on Deep Learning and author of the best selling book on that topic. His research objective is to understand the mathematical and computational principles, which give rise to intelligence through learning. He contributed to a wide spectrum of machine learning areas and is well known for his theoretical results on recurrent neural networks, kernel machines, distributed representations, depth of neural architectures, and the optimization challenge of deep learning. His work was crucial in advancing how deep networks are trained, how neural networks can learn vector embeddings for words, how to perform machine translation with deep learning by taking advantage of an attention mechanism, and how to perform unsupervised learning with deep generative models.  He is the author of three books and more than 300 publications, is among the most cited Canadian computer scientists and is or has been associate editor of the top journals in machine learning and neural networks.

To learn more about Dr. Bengio, visit


RDA ICT Technical Specifications - 6 September 2017, 15:00 CEST

Join our webinar to learn more about the newly published RDA ICT Technical Specifications. RDA Europe has supported the evaluation, approval and publication of the 4 Recommendations as ICT specifications, an agile tool designed ultimately to address the constantly evolving technology in ICT markets, fostering competition in the field and reducing the risk of lock-in to proprietary systems, promoting openness and interoperability. Register here 

TAB Elections Update

This September 2017, RDA holds its annual TAB elections. After RDA’s 10th Plenary in Montreal, 5 new members will be elected to RDA’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB).

There are currently 12 TAB members, and 4 are stepping down in this cycle. As a result of a decision made at the last Council meeting in July 2017, the 2017 election to TAB will elect 5 members to replace the 4 who are rotating off after their 3 year terms are complete. The total number of TAB members will therefore increase to 13 after this year’s TAB Election. This process will also be followed in 2018 and 2019 to expand the total TAB size to 15.  Read more on the candidates and the TAB election process.

Member Spotlight – Ingrid Dillo

Dr. Ingrid Dillo, Acting Secretary General for RDA, has been a long-time member and leader within RDA. She is also the Deputy Director at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) in The Netherlands. Through her active involvement in RDA as a group chair for both the RDA/WDS Certification of Digital Repositories and the Publishing Data Cost Recovery for Data Centres Interest Groups, as well as a member of RDA’s Technical Advisory Board, organizing committee for RDA’s 4th Plenary in Amsterdam, and most recently, as the new Acting Secretary General, Dr. Dillo’s commitment to the RDA community is evident. Read more

New to RDA?

Did you know that in just one month alone, RDA has welcomed more than 100 new members? Furthermore, since our last plenary in March in Barcelona, we’ve welcomed more than 600 new members! This now brings our total membership up to almost 6,000! For those of you who are new, we certainly hope you are able to join us later this month in Montreal for P10 where you can meet the RDA community face to face. We do understand that our plenary meetings can be a bit overwhelming, so in an effort to make our new members more comfortable in navigating all of the events taking place during this next meeting, we recommend you attend RDA for Newcomers, which will have a Meet & Greet area at the Welcome cocktail on Monday, September 18, from 5:00 pm, and an information session on Tuesday, September 19, from 7:45 am - 8:45 am. During these sessions, you’ll be able to meet key RDA leaders, gain a more detailed understanding about RDA, and learn tips and tricks on how to identify the best sessions for you to attend during the week.

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