WG RDA/CODATA Summer Schools in Data Science and Cloud Computing in the Developing World RDA 9th Plenary meeting

Meeting title

Foundational Research Data Training for Students from Low and Middle Income Countries: Successes and Next Steps

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group: 

Contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, transdisciplinary research challenges – cannot effectively be done without a range of newly required skills relating to data.  This includes the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, analysis, modelling and statistical techniques to make sense of the data, visualisation and  software development. The ensemble of these skills, grouped into the strands of Research Data Management, Open Science and Data Science, we define as ‘Research Data Science’.

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science schools aim to address the critical need for this set of skills by pulling together existing and emerging initiatives and resources into a sustainably run, globally applicable foundational two-week programme in Research Data Science, particularly for Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

The first summer school was held at ICTP, Trieste in August 2016. Over 340 applications were received from countries around the world. Over 70 learners from 35 countries were selected to participate in the foundational school. Researchers and postgraduate students attended from diverse disciplines such as genomics, social sciences, proteomics, astronomy, ecology, computer science and more. Participants represented all career stages from early postgraduate students and early career researchers to a small number of established academics. Established researchers would later play a role in replicating the school and related events in their home countries. Participants and instructors were selected to maintain as even a gender balance as possible.

While the present WG has officially expired, its activities have been picked by a new CODATA Task Group. With this in mind and to maintain the important connection with the RDA, this meeting will propose a new RDA interest group that will mirror the task group.

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc

WG web page


CODATA Task Group web page http://www.codata.org/task-groups/foundational-training-in-research-data...

First school web page


Photos of the school


Repository of materials



Meeting objectives

.) Provide a background of the Research Data Science Summer School community.

.) Communicate what the TG has achieved since September.

.) Describe the future goals for the community.

.) Explain the formation of a mirroring interest group in the RDA to mirror the CODATA Task Group formed in September 2016.

Meeting agenda

.) Description of the background.

.) Success stories and researcher impact from the first school.

.) Achievements of the CODATA Task Group since the last RDA Plenary.

.) Description of the future goals for the community.

.) Description of  the formation of a new mirroring group.

Minutes for the meeting will be published on the WG web page within one week.


This will be of specific interest to individuals who are interested in the delivery (and the accreditation) of training to researchers who need the knowledge of a combination of topics related to the RDA, i.e. Research Data Management, Data Science and Open Science. It will also be of interest to individuals working in the field of capacity building in LMIC’s. 

Group chairs serving as contacts: Rob Quick

Type of meeting:Informative meeting

Group maturity: more than 18 months