Summary of RDA 21st Plenary, join the post-event webinar & info for 23rd Plenary in Costa Rica!

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Summary of RDA 21st Plenary, join the post-event webinar & info for 23rd Plenary in Costa Rica!
02 Nov 2023

Summary of RDA 21st Plenary, join the post-event webinar & info for 23rd Plenary in Costa Rica!


Updates following RDA 21st Plenary 2023

From Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th of October, the RDA’s 21st Plenary was held on site and online as part of the International Data Week (IDW) festival in Salzburg, Austria.

RDA plenary meetings are the twice-annual meetings where the members of the RDA meet to discuss possible new topics through Birds of a Feather (BoF) meetings, hold Working and Interest Group and Community of Practice (CoP) meetings, and conduct RDA business. These plenary meetings serve as important milestones in the life of the work of RDA, especially in terms of achievements and outputs. Within ten years, the RDA has hosted 21 Plenary Meetings.

All RDA's 21st Plenary sessions were recorded and now available to registered participants on the IDW 2023 event platform, Whova, until mid-January 2024. The recordings for the wider community will be available on 7th December 2023

Amongst IDW discussions on topics such as inclusivity in open science and global challenges facing data science and policy, the RDA and CODATA delivered over 154 sessions and presentations across 6 breakouts. This included two fully virtual networking sessions in addition to on-site networking opportunities and socializing at a music reception and bar-hopping event.

702 people attended the IDW on-site, and 132 joined online. 


RDA delivered 45 plenary sessions covered a huge variety of topics, allowing attendees to sign into a collaborative notes document and contribute to the discussion in real-time while presenters delivered presentations.

For more information and highlights from the RDA's 21st plenary visit the dedicated webpage: and click here to visit the Flickr gallery to see photos taken throughout the conference.

Next steps: Join the RDA Post-21st Plenary Webinar

On Thursday 16th November 2023 the Technical Advisory Board will host a webinar to discuss highlights and key takeaways from the breakout sessions held during the 21st Plenary and discuss next steps. 

Sign up to join us for exciting conversations and help shape the future of collaboration approaches among RDA groups.

For more information and joining instructions, visit the information page: 



Join us in Costa Rica for RDA 23rd Plenary 2024

We are delighted to announce the 23rd Plenary Meeting is taking place in the capital of Costa Rica - San José on 12-14 November 2024. The 23rd Plenary edition will be held in a hybrid format with in-person and online audience.   

For more information about the event visit the dedicated webpage here: