Plenary updates, news from RDA Groups, about the "Radical Collaboration of RDA" and more: January 2019 Newsletter

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11 Jan 2019

Plenary updates, news from RDA Groups, about the "Radical Collaboration of RDA" and more: January 2019 Newsletter

Plenary 13 Updates and Deadlines

  • Session Application Update – We received more than 70 session applications for Plenary 13 (P13), which are now being reviewed by the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Acceptance will be sent out by TAB liasions on 7 February 2019. This week, if you are a member of group who submitted a session application, you should have received a notification on your group page and an e-mail, informing you where to locate your session page.
  • Program Update – In an attempt to help you plan as early as possible for your trip to Philadelphia, we have posted a general outline of the meeting agenda. In short, we expect to hold several internal side and/or collocated meetings the day or two prior to the start of the plenary, and some side and/or collocated meetings the day after. Please keep this in mind when booking airfare and hotel. As soon as exact meetings with days/times are confirmed, we will update the website. View the Program at a Glance >>
  • Registration Opening Soon – The Organizing Committee is currently working with the event management company for P13 to develop and test the plenary registration form, and is on track to open the site at the end of January.  In the interim, registration costs have been posted to the RDA website, which includes discounted rates for students and members from lower and middle income countries. View Registration Information >>
  • Hotel Information – RDA has secured a block of rooms with the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia at a price of $189/night. The price is competitive with other hotels in the area, and we encourage you to book here and take advantage of having your lodging within the same building as the meeting, while still being in close proximity to all of the wonderful attractions in this historic city. View Hotel Booking Information >>
  • Visa Information – Depending on your nationality, obtaining a Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) might be necessary in order to travel to the United States and attend the RDA 13th Plenary meeting. Please be sure to review government requirements to ensure you are fully prepared prior to booking your travel as well as instructions on requesting a Visa invitation letter.   View Visa Information >>
  • Collocated Meetings - The Organizing Committee is reviewing all submissions received during the submission window and plans on sending out notifications of acceptance early next week.




February 4-7, 2019 - International Digital Curation Conference

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The 14th edition of the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) will be run in partnership with the University of Melbourne. The conference will be hosted at the new Faculty of Arts development at Arts West, which has award winning, state-of-the art facilities.

February 13, 2019 - LOVE Data Week at Drexel University

Featured Speaker: Dr. Fran Berman, Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Co-sponsored by the Metadata Research Center at Drexel University and Women in Computing Initative

February 14, 2019 - Open day on open science "Love to share data" at DANS

Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Together with the Young Academy of the KNAW, Promovendi Netwerk Nederland and the Horizon 2020 project OpenAIRE, DANS organizes this afternoon about research data management, data archiving and data re-use.


Community survey for the Great iPRES 2019 Digital Preservation Bake-Off is now open.

This year, iPRES 2019 will bring you the Great Digital Preservation Bake-Off. The Bake-Off is THE chance for vendors & developers to present – and curious digital preservation minds to inquire – how tools fare in comparable situations.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 16-20, 2019



Group updates: 


New RDA Groups

Three new RDA Groups have now joined the RDA Community. Take some time to review their Charter Statements and provide feedback.

Exposing DMPs Survey

You are invited to participate in a survey by the RDA Exposing Data Management Plans Working Group, entitled “Exposing Data Management Plans Needs Assessment”. The purpose of this questionnaire is to conduct a needs analysis related to sharing or publishing data management plan content, or extracts, with others who may help implement the plan or benefit in other ways. Your participation in the survey will contribute to a better understanding of expectations related to sharing and publishing the content of data management plans.


RDA Council Nominations Due 10 February 

The 2019 Council Nominations Committee is soliciting nominations for 3 open Council positions until 10 February 2019. To nominate an individual for one of these positions, the Committee requests a letter of nomination and two letters of endorsement (all from RDA members) be sent to Interested candidates may self-nominate but not self-endorse.  Learn more >>  


Our Members: 


Sarah Jones, DCC


Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre

With over 7500 members from 137 countries, RDA can be hard to navigate for newcomers. Our member spotlight feature helps you to get to know some of the community that you may run into at events. This month we meet Sarah Jones, Associate Director at the Digital Curation Centre. Read more >>





Discipline Focus: 


The Radical Collaboration of RDA and What It Means for Developing Institutional Data Management Services

Article authored by Amy Nurnberger, Program Head, Data Management Services, MIT Libraries, and Co-Chair, Research Data Alliance Organisational Advisory Board and featured in Research Library Issues 296

This insightful article analyzes the Evolution of Collaboration and the state of Radical Collaboration, in the context of understanding the governance and membership in the RDA organization. As a result of this evaluation, organizations within an institutional structure can quickly identify key elements that are important in the success of a team and organization. According to the article, “The intersections between RDA group formation, service development, and the concepts of radical collaboration offer interesting ground for exploring commonalities, differences, and possible roads to success that radical collaboration offers.”  Read the article >>






Researcher Engagement With Data Management – What Works?

A new RDA project, under the umbrella of the Libraries for Research Interest Group and counting with the help of 29 volunteers from three continents, seeks to collect case studies from organisations around the world on how to engage researchers with research data management.
Blog post written by Maria J. Cruz and Julien Colomb and originally published on the TU Delft Open Working Blog. Continue reading >>


Updates From: 


AOSP Releases New Report: The Future of Science and Science of the Future: Vision and Strategy for the African Open Science Platform (v02)

In March 2018, the first version of this document was developed as a result of an expert group meeting held in Pretoria. It then formed the discussion document for a stakeholder meeting held in in September 2018. The March and September meetings involved a wide range of representatives from scientific bodies from across Africa, together with representatives of international bodies including UNESCO, the International Science Council (ISC), the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the ISC Committee on Data (CODATA). Resulting amendments were then incorporated into this version, which was launched at the Science Forum South Africa in December 2018. View report >>


Australian Research Data Commons Announces Investment in Australian Access Federation’s (AAF) Rapid Identity Provider

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) is providing further investment to expand the capacity of the Australian Access Federation’s (AAF) Rapid identity provider (Rapid IdP). This increase in capacity means barriers to connecting to research communities will be minimal. The Rapid IdP provides a simple way for researchers in organisations of all sizes to access shared infrastructure and platforms. In addition, the Rapid IdP will expand the reach and breadth of research collaboration in Australia and internationally by simplifying the process for resource, service and platform providers to offer their products to the research community. Learn more >>

Recommendations & Outputs: 

Data Discovery Paradigms: User Requirements and Recommendations for Data Repositories. CODATA Special Collection on RDA Results

In the Data Science Journal special collection titled “Research Data Alliance Results,” RDA’s Data Discovery Paradigms Working Group detailed its Recommendations, which include a study investigating data users’ requirements and the role that data repositories can play in supporting data discoverability by meeting those requirements.  Learn more >>


Data standards for Agriculture: INRA adoption of RDA Outputs

As a participant to groups and meetings from almost the beginning of RDA, INRA became a natural adopter of recommendations from agricultural related working groups and several others. In fact, RDA has contributed to many aspects of INRA’s Open Science policy either directly or indirectly. Learn more >>