The RDA is evolving from a grassroots organisation to one that is respected across a range of different organisations and fields of expertise that includes data managers, scientists and policy makers. As such the RDA Technical Advisory Board needs to consist of people who are embedded in their own communities whilst also having a wider understanding of the issues being addressed by the RDA with regard to the promotion of wider sharing of data across many different domains and applications.
As an active member of the RDA from its inception I have supported this mission to promote data sharing for a diverse range of users across many disciplines and who have increasingly innovative and complex requirements. I am currently co-chair of the Marine Data Harmonisation, Active Data Management Plans and Virtual Research Environments interest groups and am also a member of a number of the other interest groups and working groups connected to my areas of interest and expertise. To further support, promote and understand the activities of the RDA I have also regularly participated in the IG/WG Chairs meetings and co-hosted the recent 5th RDA IG/WG Collaboration Meeting in Nottingham, UK.