International Data Week 2018, coming for the first time to Africa, will take place on 5-8 November, in Gaborone, Botswana.  This decision has been taken in order to avoid clashes with the UN World Data Forum (22-24 October https://undataforum.org/WorldDataForum/) and the Plenary Meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (31 Oct-1 Nov http://www.earthobservations.org/meetings.php). 

Knowledge Exchange has published its new report called "'The Evolving Landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures”: this report is an overview and synthesis of the evolving landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures (FRDIs) in the six KE partner countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Work was designed to find answers to questions such as ‘Which are the main drivers for federating RD infrastructures and services ? What are the expected benefits? What are the consequences for research and researchers? What challenges and issues arise when making a federated research data infrastructure function well?'

This report explores the income streams, costs, value propositions, and business models for 48 research data repositories. It includes a set of recommendations designed to provide a framework for developing sustainable business models and to assist policy makers and funders in supporting repositories with a balance of policy regulation and incentives.

The 2018 Council Nominations Committee solicits nominations for 3 open Council positions. Elected Council members will serve for 3 years starting April, 2018 after elections have closed and the slate has been approved by the RDA membership.

This workshop is part of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, providing a leading forum for disseminating the latest research in Big Data Research, Development, and Applications. In order to participate in the IEEE workshops, you must be registered for the conference.


From the 22nd to the 25th of January 2018, the city of Porto (Portugal) will host the next EUDAT Conference entitled "Putting the EOSC vision into practice"

The European Data Economy can flourish only if data is accessible & re-usable across borders, across types of organisations (private, public, research) and across different disciplines and sectors.

European researchers, developers, service providers and private sector representatives are invited to join the discussion on the role of research data in the Data Economy context and the RDA contribution to the different Data Economy building blocks. 

Date: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

For all those who could not attend the Health Data IG session in Montreal, we had two sessions: Health Data Mapping and Diverging Trends In Health Data Protection, and a BoF session, titled Making Use of Blockchain in Dealing with Health Data; we have some news to share with all the RDA community!

Open science has become a scientific mainstream. A substantial intellectual and financial input has been invested into developing e-infrastructures, services, and tools that enable open science, including open data, open source (code) and open access to publications. Current uptake of these elements in ecology and evolution is slow, yet these fields can greatly benefit from the implementation of already developed tools and services.