Dr. Fran Berman, RDA/US Chair, was recently interviewed by Kaveh Waddel for a piece titled "The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics" featured in the The Atlantic. Her conversation with him discussed topics including ethical design, and how to balance individual privacy with the potential for social good of connected devices that share data with one another. Read the article at https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/internet-of-things-ethics/524802/.
The joint RDA/Force11 BioSharing WG enjoyed a busy and productive RDA 9th Plenary. The aim of the WG is to firstly define guidelines to link information on databases, content standards and journal and funder data policies and then secondly, to implement them in the existing BioSharing portal (https://www.biosharing.org). The BioSharing WG is now at the end of its 18 month lifespan and as such has produced a set of recommendations.
A lively discussion has taken place during the Health Data Interest Group meeting, held at Barcelona RDA P9, within a session dedicated to Meaningful Health Data for Research and for Industry.
Two initial topics were defined: How to define anonymisation and pseudonymisation of Health Data, and Requirements of Open Science, respectively introduced by Rocco Panetta (Secretary General of Italian Compliance Forum) and Becca Wilson (Bristol University, UK).
The RDA Secretariat has heard from a number of different parts of the organization that, with more groups being endorsed every day, it is getting harder and harder to keep up with what is happening in RDA. This means that groups don’t always know who they should be connecting with across the organization, there is increasing risk of duplicate effort across groups, and newcomers are struggling to figure out where to jump in.
Based on suggestions from the RDA Community Coordination activity at Plenary 9, the RDA Secretariat would like to collect examples of tools and activities that you have seen work well in Plenary breakout sessions, either at Plenary 9, or in earlier Plenaries. We are interested in hearing about things such as:
RDA/US Data Share, an early career engagement program for the Research Data Alliance/US is pleased to announce its selection of the 2017 cohort of Fellows. The Data Share program, formed in 2015 through grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, selects Fellows to engage with, study and contribute to the RDA. The program aims at strengthening fellows’ careers and their institutions in data science and data sharing through engagement with the large, international community of RDA.
At Plenary 9, the sUAS data IG had it’s official kick off meeting!
The Brokering Framework Working Group held its inaugural meeting at the 9th Plenary in Barcelona (5-7 April), after having been endorsed by RDA.
The RDA Metadata Standards Catalog and the standard canonical set of metadata elements - take-aways from the RDA 9th Plenary Joint meeting of the WG Metadata Standards Catalog, IG Metadata and IG Data in Context
The joint meeting of the Metadata Groups focused on two main areas: the Metadata Standards Catalog and the activity to develop a standard canonical set of metadata elements.
As we are in an age of “data deluge”, private and public institutions and research communities need to tackle the high demand of data-intensive science. The potential of sharing data is incredibly high and indeed can completely revolutionise the way researchers work.