The Second RDA France Annual meeting was held on 13 September 2019 at CNRS Headquarters in Paris. More than 150 people registered to attend the meeting. The plenary meeting on that day was hopefully webcasted live and we had about 50 participants in the room, and more than 80 on line.
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This Blog post collects impressions and take-away messages for the Australian community from a number of Australian participants attending RDA Plenary 14 in Helsinki, 23-25 October 2019.
If you also attended Plenary 14 from Australia, please feel free to add your own take-away messages from the Plenary in the comments!
Andrew Treloar (ARDC) - RDA TAB co-chair and co-chair of Global Open Research Commons IG:
To elaborate on the current problems of the Early Career and Engagement Interest group (ECEIG), a meeting scheduled for the 23rd October set up the basis for a Mentoring programme. Experienced actors indicated an enthusiastic need for networking or mentoring and, expressed feelings of moral support to the idea of capturing the craft of know-how in need. Several participants described how working with and being mentored was central to their learning. The importance of matching faculty mentors and their students with similar characteristics was noted. Also, the impact of an electronic mentoring program on students in lower socioeconomic areas was stressed. This analysis has helped to better define the role of the mentor and provided a framework with which to identify how can we have a Mentoring Programme that would be based upon a group of advisors that are all in RDA.
During 22 - 25 November I joined the 14th RDA Plenary in Helsinki with the great pleasure of being selected as one of the RDA EU domain researchers and data Experts. It was my first experience with the RDA plenary: large scale, broad scope, inspiring and professional working conference. I would like to share a few humble thoughts on interdisciplinary research based on some dedicated discussions during the week. Writing them up continued the learning process on how to provide RDM support for this type of research.