The Value of RDA for the Sustainable Development Goals

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25 Nov 2019
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Meeting objectives: 

The aim of the meeting is four-fold: 

1) Assess strategies for building community engagement and external partnerships to promote RDA’s value for the Sustainable Development Goals

2) Increase RDA community involvement within the IG

3) Select representatives active in this work familiar with strategies for forming organizational partnerships within and outside the RDA

4) Review existing materials developed within the IG to promote adoption of RDA outputs within work surrounding the SDGs


In reflecting on the sessions and feedback throughout the p14, some of the major takeaways and potential next steps on SDG work are as follows:

--Create adoption/output portfolio for the development sector audience

Such a portfolio could be a brief summary of RDA-alignment with the SDG work and some educational materials, such as a webinar, describing how RDA outputs could be applicable to social and technical issues surrounding work in the SDGs. We'd also thought featuring testimonials of people working in the SDGs who recognize the RDA's benefit or have used RDA outputs in past within their work would be beneficial. We're in contact with members of the RDA summers schools and education for librarians IG who are well-experienced in crafting similar portfolios for targeted audiences, but any guidance you could offer in how such a portfolio could be impactful would be more than welcome.

--Assess existing RDA groups and partnerships aligned with the development sector and SDGs

Given the diverse avenues for developing a working group or interest group and some slight disagreement that arose during the session wherein we hoped to define the objectives of this potential IG/WG, we felt it might be helpful to review ongoing activities within the RDA community. We will assess their alignment with the SDGs and select representatives from these activities who might be amenable to discussing the objectives of a potential WG/IG surrounding the SDGs and strategies for forming a partnership with the UN. These representatives may also have previous experience with forming organizational partnerships or may themselves represent a RDA organizational partner.

Meeting agenda: 

--Report of ongoing SDG-related work and WG/IG mapping activity (25 minutes)

--Review Existing “RDA Value for the Sustainable Development Goals” Portfolio (25 minutes)

--Review of Organizational partnerships and strategies for strengthening ties (25 minutes)

--Next steps (15 minutes) 

Target Audience: 

Group participation is encouraged for any RDA members working in areas of research, policy, advocacy, data management, or infrastructural support surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals. Such roles include, though are in no way limited to, researchers focused on global sustainability and capacity enhancement, legal experts, data and repository managers, research librarians, and national statisticians.

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

in previous Plenaries the Data for Development IG has focused on the need of data to solve major issues of concern to in particular developing countries such as poverty, inequality, education, and gender, which are all also SDG targets. The sUAS group has focused on data challenges related to new and emerging technologies, many outcomes of which are relevant for data collectioncolleciton for the SDGs. Discussions within The Health Data IG have been highly productive surrounding health and clinical informatics and use of large electronic health record data, as well as related topics of patient and data privacy. Work underway within the RDA secretariat has focused on how RDA outputs and recommendations can be disseminated and packaged to support efforts of other organizations or community development initiatives. Such efforts include increasing organizational collaboration and integration of RDA outputs within education curricula, directly aligning with the mission of the UN interoperability collaborative. The RDA summers schools and education for librarians IG is well-experienced in crafting portfolios for targeted audiences, and will share as a part of this joint session.

Short Group Status: 

This will be the first meeting of the RDA for Sustainable Development Goals IG after the successful creation of a group charter following P14 discussions. Joint sessions during P14, P13, and a BOF during RDA P12 have opened discussion of main themes, gaps, and coordination needs related to SDGs data. These have been well-attended sessions that have started dialogue to frame the cross-sector and cross-disciplinary data needs for the SDGs, which will benefit from the continuation of this joint IG session. These included groups have been reflecting on all the conversation regarding SDGs - including the previous joint session and the panel, and believe there are some major takeaways and potential next steps to share back with the RDA community on SDG work during RDA P14. 

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Type of Meeting: 
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