RDA Plenaries are held twice per year, one hybrid event in a different place around the world (see previous plenary locations, dates and themes below) and one completely virtual. They are exciting and productive events that bring together a unique community of data scientists, librarians, computer scientists, and domain scientists. Plenary meetings are special working events that really help move the community forward in creating tangible deliverables that improve data sharing across disciplines, technologies, and countries.
Please read the Hybridisation of RDA Plenaries - DOI 10.15497/RDA00090 - a document outlining the detailed processes in planning hybrid events. The document, based on the RDA's 19th and 20th plenary meetings, both run as hybrid events, includes reflections and definitions of what a hybrid event looks like and what to expect during the planning preparation.
CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO ORGANISE AN RDA PLENARY MEETING
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is seeking expressions of interest from nations wishing to organize RDA Plenary meetings. Previous hosts have found that Plenaries significantly help promote and advance research data policy and activity within their country. Furthermore, because RDA Plenaries attract a large and dynamic audience, they also provide a great opportunity to co-locate regional and domain-specific meetings before or after the Plenary.
Countries interested in hosting an RDA plenary should consult and follow the RDA Plenary Guidelines. In particular, hosts are encouraged to be creative and to put their own local spin on the meeting while still recognizing that the primary activity of the meeting is breakout sessions of the RDA working and interest groups conducting their work. Hosts should also strive to keep registration fees modest and seek support from private and government sponsors.
If you are interested in potentially hosting an RDA Plenary, please contact the RDA Secretariat and we can provide more information on the benefits and requirements of hosting.
Plenary 20, Celebrating RDA's 10th Anniversary, 21-23 March 2023, Gothenburg, Sweden and online. Hosted by Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Gothenburg and the Swedish National Data Service (SND).
Plenary 16, 9-12 November 2020, San Jose, Costa Rica, organised by Consejo Nacional de Rectores (CONARE), Research Data Alliance - US and CANARIE, with the theme "Knowledge Ecology," was a fully Virtual Plenary.
Plenary 15, 18-20 March 2020, Melbourne, Australia, organised by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), under the theme "Data for real-world impact," was converted to a Virtual Plenary, running from 18 March - 10 April 2020.
Plenary 14, 23-25 October 2019, Helsinki, Finland was organised by Aalto University, CSC-IT for Science, the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the University of Helsinki, with the theme "Data makes the Difference."
Plenary 12, 5-8 November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana as part of International Data Week 2018 was co-organised by RDA, CODATA, WDS, ASSAF and the University of Botswana under the theme "The Digital Frontiers of Global Science."
Held between the 5 - 7 April at the Barcelo Sans Hotel, Barcelona, Spain - hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and supported by RDA Europe with the overarching theme of "Data Infrastructures for Open Science."
Hosted and co-organised by the Japan Science and Technology Agency under the theme “Making data sharing work in the era of Open Science,” the 7th RDA Plenary meeting took place in Tokyo, Japan from the 1st to the 3rd of March 2016.