Shortly after I joined the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in December 2018 I got in touch with the Research Data Alliance (RDA) through my colleagues Tobias Weber and Stephan Hachinger. Both had visited RDA plenaries before and were involved in working (WG) and interest groups (IG). Thanks to an early career travel grant I had the opportunity to attend the 14th RDA Plenary in Helsinki.
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RDA P14 in Helsinki was my second plenary to participate (after P12), and as lead of our institute's young "Research Data Management Team" I was very curious what news there would be, and which collaborations we could strengthen or build. We were attending as a team of two from LRZ - Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching, Germany - and are currently working on a system to make supercomputing simulation data (which basically cannot be moved anywhere else) FAIR.
In December 2018, RDA Europe issued an open call for projects adopting outputs from the RDA’s various Working and Interest Groups. Following recommendations from external evaluators, eight funding grants were awarded in April 2019. This blog series will introduce the eight Adoption Grant cases, giving an overview of their project remits and demonstrating the practical approaches organisations can take when looking to implement the RDA’s Recommendations & Outputs.
My participation in the recent 14th RDA Plenary meeting in Helsinki was under the role of an early career grantee; but also as a newcomer as this was my first RDA meeting. Just to provide some needed context, I am currently concluding my PhD studies at the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Thessaloniki, Greece.
As an RDA Europe Early Career grantee, it was a special honor to participate in the 14th plenary meeting in Helsinki and enter the world of RDA. After the Japan Open Science Summit earlier this year, this was only my second conference. Being quite new in the business, it was exciting to go to P14, since I was not sure what to expect. Now, two weeks after the plenary, I can say that it was one of my best decisions to apply for the grant and go to Helsinki.