From September 11-17, 2016, data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe convened in Denver, Colorado for International Data Week (IDW). The theme of this landmark event was ‘From Big Data to Open Data: Mobilizing the Data Revolution’. The 8th RDA Plenary Meeting was organized as part of IDW from 15 to 17 September 2016. The plenaries are the milestones for the data practitioners in their working and interest group work and where, in general, progress is achieved. This implies that many of those who could not participate would like to have a quick update.
The webinar is of interest for those who could not participate to the RDA Plenary in Denver but nevertheless would like to have an overview of what happened. Francoise Genova, RDA TAB co-chair, Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Plenary Manager and Secretariat member together with Kisun Pokharel, RDA EU Early Career grnat winner, will give an overview of the main outcomes from the meeting.
Hilary Hanahoe is a Director at Trust-IT Services Ltd., an international marketing & research organisation specialised in fostering Information and Communication Technology solutions across Europe and globally. She is specialised in the definition and execution of digital marketing, communications and outreach strategies on a pan-European and international level. Hilary is the coordinator of the RDA Europe communications activities and is a member of the RDA global secretariat where she is responsible for RDA Communications & Plenary meeting coordination.
Françoise Genova is an astronomer. She was the director of Strasbourg astronomical data centre, a pioneer centre for the sharing of scientific data, from 1995 to 2015. She has been one of the founding parents of the International Virtual Observatory, which defines the astronomical interoperability framework. She has been involved in the RDA, and in the RDA Europe projects, from the beginning, and is currently the co-chair of the RDA Technical Advisory Board.
Kisun Pokharel, works as a Research Scientist (Bioinformatician) at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and is a PhD student of Genetics at University of Helsinki. Currently he is also involved in Arctic-Ark project which aims to study animals' adaptation to the Arctic as a complex human-environmental process. Kisun is one of the 8 RDA EU Early Career grant winners taking part in the RDA Plenary in Denver.