RDA Second Plenary Meeting, Washington DC, US

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16 Sep 2013

RDA Second Plenary Meeting, Washington DC, US


16-18 September 2013, National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, US



DataCite Summer Meeting

URL for the RDA Second Plenary recordings: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/rda/130916

Data sharing offers important benefits for scientific progress and advancement of knowledge. However, several limitations and barriers in the general adoption of data sharing are still in place. Probably the most important challenge is that data sharing is not yet very common among scholars and is not yet seen as a regular activity among scientists, although important efforts are being invested in promoting data sharing. 

Costas, R., Meijer, I., Zahedi, Z. and Wouters, P. (2013). The Value of Research Data - Metrics for datasets from a cultural and technical point of view. A Knowledge Exchange Report, available from www.knowledge-exchange.info/datametrics

The Research Data Alliance (www.rd-alliance.org) (RDA) vision for global research data infrastructures involves overcoming barriers in realizing the importance of data sharing for next century science. RDA provides the framework to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating research data sharing and exchange, use and re-use, standards harmonization, and discoverability. This will be achieved through the development and adoption of infrastructure, policy, practice, standards, and other deliverables and this work is primarily undertaken by the Working & Interest Groups.

Scientists, research data infrastructure providers, research data practitioners, policy-makers and research data stakeholders from all over the world gathered at RDA’s second bi-annual plenary meeting, taking place from 16th to 18th September 2013 in the esteemed National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, US. The meeting has provided existing and new and aspiring RDA community members with an opportunity to conduct business and make progress on their plans and deliverables. The plenary was organised as a forum to demonstrate the value of RDA and to receive feedback from the broader research and policy communities. RDA members and plenary participants were provided with updates on both the governing and technical (Working & Interest Groups) activities since March 2013 (RDA Launch). RDA  leveraged on the plenary to continue to define and build relationships with initiatives and organizations that share the same vision and can mutually benefit from engaging with each other.

Plenary sessions  included Keynotes from internationally renowned visionaries, including the US Government, reports from currently active Working and Interest Groups, a forum for affiliate organizations, and general RDA business meetings. All this coupled with parallel breakout sessions for the Working and Interest Groups, other ad-hoc groups and a dedicated session for RDA Newcomers on how to get involved, propose new working or interest groups and interact with the RDA members.