Early Career and Engagement IG


Group details

IG Established

The purpose of the Early Career and Engagement Interest Group (ECEIG) is to provide a focal point for Early and Mid-Career Researchers and Professionals, including those involved in various RDA-related fellowships and Early Career programs.


RDA members recognize that there is a need to create a space in RDA for those who are at the beginning stages of their careers. Specifically, RDA members recognized that Early Career Researchers and Professionals usually need additional support for:

  1. networking amongst themselves to learn about other Early Career scientists and their research, i.e., establishing a “network of peers”, and

  2. mentoring from senior RDA members who are interested in mentoring Early Career Researchers and Professionals.


Designating time on each RDA plenary schedule for this IG is important because those who are in the beginning stages of their careers have their own unique talents and strengths and they represent the next generation of RDA; they are critical to the future of RDA. At a BoF conducted during RDA P8 in Denver, CO a group of Early Career fellows agreed to explore the idea of creating an IG centering on those who are in the early stages of their careers and helping them effectively engage with RDA.  This effort was continued and crystallized at a dedicated networking session during RDA P9 in Barcelona, Spain.


While other efforts exist in RDA to support Early Career Researchers and Professionals, such as the RDA-US and RDA-EU fellowship programs, the RDA ECEIG seeks to complement existing efforts by: (i) building a peers network, (ii) maintaining a “live” document of advice for Early Career Researchers and Professionals, and (iii) creating opportunities for formal and informal mentoring within RDA. Specifically, objectives of this IG are to:

  1. Focus on Early Career Researchers and Professionals because they need the most support

  2. Establish a volunteer-based mentoring progamme

  3. Network across domains to establish an interdisciplinary network of peers

  4. Provide a space for people who have more experience with RDA to pass on knowledge and lessons learned to Early Career Researchers and Professionals

  5. Create a social outlet specifically for Early Career Researchers and Professionals



The ECEIG is open to all RDA members to participate, and is of particular interest to Researchers and Professionals in the Early and Mid-Career stages. This IG is also of interest to more experienced RDA members who desire to mentor and support Early and Mid-Career Researchers and Professionals. Membership draws initially from the Early Career pool here  

Finally, we are using the following communication channels:


Recent Activity

07 Nov 2017

RDA Webinar on "The Atlas of Knowledge: navigating the RDA’s activities" - Wednesday 9th November 2017, 12:00 UTC / 13:00 CET

Dear member of the Interest Group,
A series of planned RDA webinars is starting this week, which may be of interest to you.
Devan and Fotis
-----Original Message-----
Dear members of the RDA WG/IG Chairs, dear members of the Mapping the Landscape IG and the Disciplinary Collaboration Framework IG,
On Wednesday this week, 9th November 12:00 UTC / 13:00 CET, we will have a webinar on the Atlas of Knowledge (AoK) that has been created by the RDA Europe 3 project:

03 Nov 2017

Re: [early_career_and_engagement]

Dear Dr. Devan Ray Donaldson,
I would like to attend the RDA Eleventh Plenary Meeting, Berlin, Germany
(21 - 23 March 2018). Is there any funding opportunity to attend this
Actually, I have never attended any RDA meeting. This time I really wanted
to participate as I am actively participating and also contributing to the
group, namely "Ontology Metadata" group, a sub-group of Vocabulary Service
interest group (VSSIG). For me, this event could have been a golden

21 Sep 2017

From Devan Donaldson: How was your experience at RDA P10?

Hi All,
Greetings! If you were able to attend RDA P10, how was your experience? Were you able to network with people who share common research interests? Is there anyone in particular that you would like to work with or to receive mentoring from as a result of your participation in P10? Please let me and Fotis know. We would be happy to help establish connections for you!
All Best Wishes,
Devan Ray Donaldson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Information and Library Science (ILS)

19 Sep 2017

Our first ECEIG Social Event at RDA P10

Dear RDA IG Members,
Our first social event is here! If you are at RDA P10 in Montreal, come join
us at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Place Ville Marie
HEIWRpws&ei=A1LBWY3kIs62jwPJ07q4BQ) today, Tuesday September 19th, between
8:30pm and 10pm! See you there!
Also do check out the two dedicated communication channels for within our