Did You Ever Feel Like You Won the (Data) Lottery?
Blog post by Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General
November saw our first RDA plenary in Africa within the framework of International Data Week 2018, which we co-organised with the ISC CODATA and WDS SciDataCon2018, and co-hosted by the University of Botswana and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF). With 850 delegates from 66 countries (over 50% from Africa) and a rich and packed programme, it was an experience beyond any expectation.
RDA plenary meetings are where you see the fruits of the community's labour over the previous 6 months. P12 had 58 breakout meetings over the 7 allocated RDA sessions. 13 of those were Birds of a Feather (BoF), which indicates the continuous injection of new ideas for the creation of RDA Working and Interest groups covering a range of different FAIR aspects, RDM and disciplinary focuses including social sciences and engineering. Not surprisingly sustainable goals and the international dimensions and collaboration around research data were amongst the BoFs organised. 11 working groups met to continue their recommendation development, with 28 Interest groups furthering their discussions and 11 meetings cross fertilised amongst groups with a common interest or activity focus.
How can you capitalise on the investment made in attending the event? How can a week of intense and varied discussions be translated into something more concrete and long lasting? How can you stay in contact with the experts you met at IDW? Get involved in RDA.
Join the RDA community by registering, free of charge, at and begin making plans to attend our Plenary meetings in 2019: RDA 13th Plenary Meeting, 2-4 April 2019, Philadelphia, PA, US and RDA 14th Plenary Meeting, 23-25 October 2019, Helsinki, Finland.
Read the full blog post by Hilary Hanahoe
Image courtesy of Fosca Giannotti, National Research Council, Italy